Isao Takahata Episodes of Moretsu Ataro

Moretsu Ataro (Ataro the Workaholic) is a television anime series created by Toei Doga in 1969-70. Adapted from a gag comic that ran from 1967-1970 in Weekly Shonen Sunday, it's a purely zany and wacky kids cartoon. Isao Takahata directed episodes 10, 14, 36, 44, 51, 59, 71, 77 and 90 (the series finale).

Thanks to Youtube user Mr. Batsugoro, the entire series run has been posted online. There are no English subtitles, but as is the case with most vintage anime, you learn to live with it. What matters is that we are finally able to watch these episodes.

I am posting all of the Takahata-directed episodes here. As always, I strongly urge everyone to store these episodes for posterity. These things have a nasty habit of disappearing suddenly and without warning, and the chances of seeing a commercial release in the West is slightly less than zero. Remember all those fansub copies of the classic Toei Doga feature films that vanished off the face of the earth? Good luck finding those again.

It's always a thrill to discover more of Takahata's work, particularly the late post-Horus Toei period. Enjoy!


technodelic said...

Maybe whoever posted those fansub copies of the classic Toei Doga feature films could post them again? Or the Jarinko Chie fansub?

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Most of those fansubs are still available on the internet, but they are far more difficult to find. Years ago, I used to rely on a couple websites for archives of Toei Doga and Pre-Ghibli films, but they've all shut down.

If you check the VIDEOS section of this site, you'll see that I've updated the page with direct links to many films.

As for Jarinko Chie, TMS keeps taking down the videos from Youtube, yet we're still waiting for a legit Blu-Ray or DVD release. However, there may be issues with rights clearances or licensing fees that are holding that movie back from US distributors.

technodelic said...

Those Moretsu Ataro episodes are awesome!

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