We’re at the tail end of March, a month that has been packed with new animated releases from all sorts of companies in a variety of formats. Today only brings us two new releases, but both are more mature offerings in the realm of animation, providing enamoring tales and compelling artwork. Those releases are Tatsumi and Alois Nebel. Not only are both films available today on DVD, but both also began streaming via Netflix Instant today as well.
Tatsumi, a 2011 animated film from Singapore directed by Eric Khoo, is based upon the life and works of Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Tatsumi was a famed comic artist in Post-War Japan that created the “gekiga” style, or “graphic novel”, in Japan. The film also adapts several of Tatsumi’s works and weaves them into the film’s narrative. An incredible work of art celebrating one of Japan’s modern artistic heroes. You can find Tatsumi on Amazon here or on Netflix Instant here.
The other animated film released today is Alois Nebel. The film, a Czech animated feature directed by Tomáš Luňák which also debuted in 2011, is based on a trilogy of books (White Brook, Mainstation, and Golden Hills) by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromir 99 that center on the title character, Alois Nebel. Set in the late 1980’s near the Polish border in the Jeselnik Mountains , the film follows a train dispatcher who begins hallucinating that his current time period is converging with the expulsions of the Germans after WWII. The film utilizes the rotoscoping technique to wondrous effect and offers a chilling look at a culture’s past. Alois Nebel is also available on Amazon here and Netflix Instant here.
So what do you think, will you be buying, renting, or streaming either of these new releases this week? Let us know in the comments below.