Japanese animator and creator of Heidi, Daughter of the Alps, the cartoon that kick-started Japan’s anime revolution. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Thank Heidi for anime and Super Mario taking off in Japan – 1970s animation of Swiss girl’s story sparked a revolution

  • An animated series based on the 19th-century children’s book character Heidi played an unlikely role in the launch of Japan’s booming anime industry
  • Yoichi Kotabe, who created the Heidi anime and helped redesign Super Mario, talks about sketching in Switzerland and why Heidi’s hair was short
Topic |   Asian cinema: Japanese films

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Japanese animator and creator of Heidi, Daughter of the Alps, the cartoon that kick-started Japan’s anime revolution. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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