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emoving the Lump (Kobutori, 1929) is based on the tale Kobutori-jiisan about an honest old man who dances with the tengu, mythical bird-like creatures, in order to have them remove an unsightly lump from the side of his face. When his ungracious neighbour tries the same thing in order to get a similar lump removed from his cheek, he ends up with yet another one placed over the original. This film makes fine comic usage out of the grotesque but intricately sketched facial expressions of the old men, though again, this level of detail comes at the expense of the smoothness of the animation. The tengu are but one of the mythical creature who crop up frequently in these early films. (from: http://www.midnighteye.com/features/pioneers-of-japanese-animation-at-pifan-part-1/)

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