After 50 years, I finally watched it in its entirety

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      ArtfromArk
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      “Skinny and Fatty”, a Japanese movie from 1958 that was often shown on the CBS Children’s Film Festival hosted by Kukla, Fran and Ollie in the 1960s. Although I remember seeing bits of it as a kid, my mom would always shoo me out of the house whenever the Children’s Film Festival came on because “kids aren’t supposed to spend Saturday afternoons indoors”. So I caught a few pieces of it, but never really knew what it was about for all these years. Then tonight, it suddenly popped into my head for some reason, and I decided to watch it in its entirety if I could find it on the Internet. Youtube has the English version in its entirety, although, surprisingly, it is hard to find the Japanese original, “Chibideka Monogatari” (チビデカ物語), on Japanese web sites.

      Anyway, this movie provides a unique glimpse into the Japan of the 1950s post-war era, when it was still recovering from the devastation of the war. “Skinny’, whose family name is “Komatsu” (and is called that throughout the movie), is from a poor family, in Kyushu from what I have read. “Fatty” (whose family name is “Oyama”) is a boy from a wealthy family whose father has been transferred to a local bank from Tokyo. The movie centers on how “Skinny” helps “Fatty” gain self-confidence in himself. One of the all-time classics, in my opinion.

      Anyway, the English version can be viewed here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2JJVVnCl6Q

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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      ArtfromArk
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      from the CBS Children’s Film Festival. It’s interesting to see how Japan has changed since then (notice no cars in the town), while concepts such as “”Ganbatte!” (encouraging others to do their best) remain intact. On a side note, here’s a commercial from the film festival, in keeping with its international theme:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euo086SUjls  Those kids are all now old fogies like me!

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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