Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage is explosive fun that brings Japanese style animation, anime, to vivid life with colorful characters, talented actors and a touching folk tale about Momotaro, a peach boy.
Anime Momotaro merges two Japanese cultural icons: an ancient story of a boy born from a peach and anime. Anime started in Japan in 1914 and was based on manga stories (tracing back to the 12th Century) that depict animals acting as people. It was after World War II when anime gained in popularity and began to look like it does today. Osamu Tezuka gained international fame with his graphic novel Shintakarajima (New Treasure Island) that featured his signature larger heads and eyes. Tezuka thought the large head and eyes were necessary to show clearly all the emotions his characters experience in his stories.