TOKYO GODFATHERS (2003 ANIMATED JAPAN) D/W: SATOSHI KON W: KEIKO NOBUMOTO P: SHINNICHI KOBAYASHI/TARO MAKI/MASAO TAKIYAMA
A squabbling homeless trio on the streets of Tokyo (a middle-aged man, his transvestite "partner" and a runaway teen girl) discover an abandoned baby in the trash at Christmas. They try and return it to the mother in this very funny black comedy adventure that packs a genuine emotional punch, while never letting it`s cynical mask slip. The animation is excellent, and this would be a good film to show the uninitiated who think cartoons are just for kids. I guess it`s a homage to John Ford`s 3 GODFATHERS. Voices include Toru Emori, Yoshiyaki Umegaki and Rie Shibata. The talented Kon created the undervalued series PARANOIA AGENT next.

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