Thursday, 19 July 2012

Metro Movie

Riding the Tokyo Metro everyday to and from work, I keep an eye out for the manners posters.  A few years ago they did a series encouraging people to leave certain behaviours "at home" and the Tobu line did a series playing on children's stories (here and here). Then the Metro went through a period of using cute animal pictures for their manners posters (of course, I'm partial to July 2011). Currently they are back to the simple cartoon, this time with an odd little bear taking the brunt of people's bad behaviour.

But more interesting than the current manners posters, is a Where's Waldo meets hidden picture poster showing various measures the Metro has taken to safeguard their stations and tunnels from typhoons and the rains of the rainy season.  It is a fun poster with tons of cute details  from dinosaur bones buried beneath the tracks to a ninja in full get-up to a bride and groom running to catch their train. Rurousha wrote about the poster much better than I could, so I'm going to leave it at that... and the video below, of cartoon version of the poster, playing on screens throughout the Tokyo Metro.  The Ninja makes an appearance, as do the dinosaur bones, with the addition of a cute frog hopping along the Tokyo sidewalk and somewhat disturbing disappearing Metro employees...

video

7 comments:

  1. Aww! My favourite poster, and the video is even nicer! ^^

    PS: Wouldn't you have been a happy woman if the odd little bear had been an odd little penguin? Then again, perhaps not: we don't want penguins to be treated badly, do we? ;)

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    1. I thought of you when I was in Osaka because I discovered that their version of Suica (Icoca) has a platypus as its spokesanimal - nowhere near as cute as a penguin!! ;)

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  2. You just made me look for the full sized version of that commercial. ^^

    http://www.tokyometro.jp/corporate/ad/campaign_02/cm/june/player_30s.html

    Enjoy

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    1. I love it! I hadn't noticed the burrowing mole or the guy balancing a masu on his parasol or the umbrella on the dog! And the soundtrack! ;)

      Thanks!

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    2. Glad you liked it. I didn't hear the music till now. I think I watched it at work without speakers or something. Also missed the balancing masu guy. Saw the mole but did you see Mary Poppins at the beginning or the panda at the end? So many things to see in such a short time!

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    3. I apologize for such a delay in replying to you... But Mary Poppins?!? Really?!? I saw the panda (odd looking fellow!) but not Mary Poppins! I loved the movie when I was little, listened to the sound track every night as I fell asleep, so I will have to watch it again to spot it!!

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  3. If you need to know where, it is at the VERY beginning. She looks like she just walked out of the entrance to the subway. Before they show the scene to "close" the entrance.

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