Today is Australia Day. For those of you who don’t live in Australia, that’s the day where Australian citizens get in more drunken fights than on any other day of the year.
I’ve never considered myself particularly patriotic, but Australia is responsible for some good things, like Vegemite, boomerangs and WiFi. We’ve also made some pretty important contributions to the arts, including animation.
What does that have to do with Japanese anime, you ask? Probably more than one would think. Animation is international, but most anime fans have a myopic interest in Japanese animation. This myopia is perhaps one of the main reasons why anime still struggles to gain recognition among animation scholars. If, as Tamerlane argued, even the most knowledgeable anime fans are ignorant about world animation, why should we expect animation fans outside our insular bubble to care about anime?
I can’t claim to know much about world animation myself (yet), but I would like to showcase some of Australia’s most memorable works of animation in this post. Of course, I can only scratch the surface here, because there’s over 100 years of history to get through. However, I’ve included some handy links at the end of this post for those of you who want to do your own research.
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