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Arai pictured, via "Wagorō Arai: His World of Silhouette Animation."

Wagoro Arai

Gender:

Male

Awards/Recognition

American Cinematographer Amateur Movie Makers Contest, 1932 - Certificate Award, Animated Cartoon

Films:

Walking of Baby Boy

  • Date produced: 1931

Profession

Dentist

Biographical Notes

"Wagorō Arai (荒井和五郎, 1907-1994) was an early Japanese animation pioneer and contemporary of Noburō Ōfuji (大藤 信郎, 1900-1961). Inspired by the films of German animator Lotte Reiniger, whose pre-war films were shown extensively in Japan (Donald Richie, A Hundred Years of Japanese Film, p. 247), Arai and Ōfuji each developed their own brands of silhouette animation in the tradition of Japanese shadow plays and 19th century utsushi-e (写し絵 / magic lantern shows)."

Also referenced as Kazugoro Arai. Arai on Japanese Animation Filmography Project.

Japan's National Film Center holds Arai's films.

Bibliographic Resources

Catherine Munroe Hotes, Nishikita Film Review: "Wagorō Arai: His World of Silhouette Animation," 2014.
Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Revised Edition: A Century of Japanese Animation, Stone Bridge Press, 2015.