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Little Tora: The Abandoned Cat (1947)

by Nicholas Sammond

The film centers around Tora, a kitten who was taken in by a mother cat and her three kittens. Told in flashback, it describes the jealousy of the oldest kitten, Mika, who torments Tora endlessly and eventually decides to run away. Tora runs after her, and the two encounter several dangers and adventures together. The finally manage to return home, and both are wholeheartedly welcomed back into the family.

The film provides a fascinating glimpse of Japanese society in the immediate postwar period, in which poverty and danger were still very much a fact of life for everyday families. It is particularly interesting to note the difficulties and necessities of forming strong relationships: this can be thought of in context of Japan's own struggles of identity, the American Occupation of the time, and a global culture of film and animation.

Little Tora: The Abandoned Cat (1947)

The film centers around Tora, a kitten who was taken in by a mother cat and her three kittens. Told in flashback, it describes the jealousy of the oldest kitten, Mika, who decides to run away. Tora runs after her, and manages to bring her home.

from Little Tora: The Abandoned Cat (1947)
Creator: Kenzo Masaoka
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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