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Andersen Monogatari (Mushi, 1971)

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Andersen Monogatari (Mushi, 1971)

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Source: TV
Layers: 1
No sketches available
Cel Number: B1 END, C3 END
Standard size

Key Cel
End Cel
Original Unmatching Background

Added 9/11/2013
Updated 6/23/2014
Episode 4, cut 162, according to the annotations on top of the cel. This topsy-turvy image illustrated the scene in Andersen’s classic story in which the unlucky toy is put in a paper boat, then sent sailing the street gutter into the sewers. The scene concludes:

... the current grew stronger and stronger; the tin soldier could already see daylight before him at the end of the tunnel; but he also heard a roaring sound, fit to strike terror to the bravest heart. Just imagine! Where the tunnel ended the stream rushed straight into the big canal. That would be just as dangerous for him as it would be for us to shoot a great rapid. He was so near the end now that it was impossible to stop. The boat dashed out; the poor tin soldier held himself as stiff as he could; no one should say of him that he even winced.

Sequence numbers: B TOME (Tin Soldier), C3 END (eyes and mouth).

The cel now is stuck to the background, which is not matching, although it is an authentic background from the same episode. Marked “116, 118,” it accompanies an earlier scene in which the tin soldier falls out of the window into the stone-paved city streets.

The two “falls” are parallel misfortunes, and the sponging used by the artist provides a realistically gritty texture that “feels” like the grimy street where the Tin Soldier falls, so I’ve let it be.

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