Fred Ladd

  • Kimio Yabuki & Fred Ladd – Nagagutsu o haita neko AKA The Wonderful World of Puss ‘n Boots (1969)

    Kimio Yabuki1961-1970AnimationAsianFred LaddJapan

    Puss in Boots is one of the great slapstick cartoons, a freewheeling joyride that stays in your head and sticks to your bones. It’s probably the best animated comedy ever made in Japan (although I’m often torn between this and Animal Treasure Island). The comedy will remind Westerners of their favorite Tom and Jerry or Road Runner cartoons, and the action scenes are endlessly inventive and thrilling. This movie was released in 1969 at Toei Doga, and was a tremendous rush of freedom for the animators; after three years of battling the studio over Horus, Prince of the Sun, everyone was set loose like children in a candy store.Read More »

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