Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cleopatra (1970)

A Japanese Animerama animation directed by Osamu Tezuka and Eiichi Yamamoto.
A team of scientists from the future transport their consciousness into the bodies of historical figures in ancient Egypt.
This is the second film in the Animerama series, following A Thousand and One Nights (1969). It was a little bit wierder and made a little less sense than the first one. The plot was not as good and there were too many characters that were not developed well enough. The animation style was mostly cartoon, with live action mixed in the beginning and end. There were some odd WTF moments like the kabuki portrayal of Ceasar's death scene. There was just as much cartoon nudity, but it didn't seem to be as effective as ATAON. There was even closer depictions of intercourse, with cartoon bodies rubbing together, but to no avail. You just can't top something like that. There were more crude jokes in the dialogue, which I did appreciate. I rate it good because it was unique and stylish and all that, but nowhere near as good as the previous year's adventures with Aladdin.

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