Studio Ghibli Adapts World’s Oldest Manga Into Incredible Short Film


For those who simply can’t wait for Studio Ghibli’s long-awaited film The Red Turtle, the Japanese animators have produced an incredible short anime from the world’s earliest manga. 

The production house have once again proved that they can compete with even Pixar when it comes to turning unlikely stories into film gold with this short animated adaptation of a 12th century picture scroll, Mashable reports.

The short film is adapted from picture scrolls called Choju Jinbutsu Giga (Scrolls of Frolicking Animals), which are considered the earliest records of Japanese manga, and this beautiful short brings the black-and-white drawings of animals dancing in the wild to life.


Marubeni Shin Denryoku, a Japanese energy company, commissioned the animated advert which seeks to highlight ecological issues that the modern world seem to have forgotten about.

Despite the advert being in Japanese, we think from the way the rabbit and the frog help each other the message of the short is that we’ve got to support each other. We think…

Tom Percival

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.