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Fuji is a 1974 animated short film by Robert Breer.

This plotless five-minute film is an avant-garde take on a train ride past Mt. Fuji in Japan. The film mixes live-action film with crude rotoscoping, as well as hand-drawn animation, all meant to give an impressionistic view of a train ride.


  • Limited Animation: The hand-drawn animation is crudely drawn against a White Void Room background.
  • Medium Blending: Brief live-action excerpts from the film taken inside the train, the rotoscoped animation of that same film, and hand-drawn abstract animation, all mixed together.
  • No Ending: Not having a story the film doesn't have an ending, either; it simply stops.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: No story, just dreamy imagery.
  • Rotoscoping: The film taken inside the train is rotoscoped for a dreamlike animation effect. One memorable shot has the rotoscoped version and the live-action version superimposed on top of each other.
  • Silence Is Golden: The only noise is the sound of a train on the tracks.