Winner of Best Animation at Fantasia 2003,
the unique Tamala 2010 pits a cute kitten against ugly corporate culture.
‘With the black, white and red colour scheme of a photocopied
fanzine, cryptic classical references and a deeply perverse cuteness, this whacked-out
animé comes fresh from Japan, where it has been building an active underground
following.’ (Images Festival)
Nonetheless, things are undeniably fluffy and cutesy. Except
for the violence. The similarity with Hello Kitty stops at the aesthetic. Tamala
is the kind of cat who walks down the street smoking and kicking out at annoying
Although very cutesy, the violence, swearing and brief nudity
put this on a par with Fat Freddy and Fritz the Cat.
The characters are incredibly strange. Rotting zombie-cats, gay
‘hello-sailor’ cats and a nasty rapist/murderer police dog, to mention
but a few. Things are kind of hilarious at the start, before moving to touching
and, occasionally, demented.
WITH A BRILLIANT SOUNDTRACK FROM TREES OF LIFE, TAMALA 2010 IS
A MUST-SEE FOR FANS OF JAPANESE ANIMATION, TOYS AND POP CULTURE.