Thursday, September 11, 2014

House of Hashimoto, Connie Rasinski, 1960

Hashimoto-san was an animated Japanese mouse created by the Japanese-born animator Bob Kuwahara for the Terrytoons animation company. Hashimoto was a judo instructor living in Japan with his wife Hanako, son Saburo, and daughter Yuriko.

Since it was common to portray Japanese and other Asians as houseboys or manservants (or worse) in American cartoons prior to the Hashimoto series, Hashimoto the Mouse is today regarded as having perhaps been the first positive characterization of an Asian character in American animation. Some episodes contained scenes whose artwork reflected Japan's traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

- Wikipedia

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