Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase” and “Legend of the Forest”

Saturday Morning Cartoons are back! If you are new to the series, Irene Gallo and I will be trading weeks, showing two animated shorts every Saturday—usually quirky, often dark, and occasionally even cartoon-like. We hope you enjoy the movies below—if it leaves you wanting more, visit our Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase: A seven minute art history lesson, how many paintings can you recognize in this Oscar winning short? (6:59)

Legend of the Forest: The story of a forest and its inhabitants, as the story progresses, so does the art style, matching the evolution of animation over a century. Yes, it’s by the same Tezuka who did Astro Boy. (29:28)

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase by Joan C. Gratz


Legend of the Forest by Osamu Tezuka


René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.

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