Just look at that face.  Isn't that a face you want to put on the moon?Just look at that face. Isn't that a face you want to put on the moon?

One of the things I love most about animation is that it takes you places that you hadn't expected.  Sadly, though, most of the time the folks providing the trip are either Disney, Warner Media or an anime company.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, mind; but sometimes you want to find someting that will take you places with new voices and new methods.

I think that Taiko Studios, and their short, One Small Step, does that well.  It's a short tour de cute, and just as lively as anything coming out of Pixar as of recent.

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Believe me when I say this is one of the cleanest screen grabs available in the film.Believe me when I say this is one of the cleanest screen grabs available in the film.

What can I say about Belladonna of Sadness (no link since the film is NSFW as all get out) that hasn't been said already?  The brainchild of legendary animator Osamu Tezuka's first studio, Mushi Productions and based on the book Satanism and Witchcraft by Jules Michelet, it's legendary and breathtaking.  The art is very much inspired by Gustav Klimt, and makes excellent work of such styles as limited animation, while switching to a psychedelic fluidity rarely seen in animation of that period (there's no way that I can call this an anime, not as experimental as it is.)  The voice acting is far above what you would expect for the time, as they used well-known actors for the roles (back then, the seiyu industry was not as big or glamorous as is it is now.)

I also found out it influenced one of my favorite anime of all time, Revolutionary Girl Utena (which in and of itself is a masterpiece of WTFery.)  

I had the chance to watch it in preparation for Halloween.  And Halloween really doesn't cut it.  I'm not sure there's a holiday that does.

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