Seitarou Kitayama

Birth:Mar 3, 1888
Death:Feb 13, 1945
Hometown:Sumiyoshimachi, Wakayama-ku, Japan
Kitayama Seitarou was a first generation animator who made animations on his own not hired by larger corporations. He even founded his own animation studio which was closed due to lack of commercial success. He utilized the chalkboard technique and later paper animation with and without preprinted backgrounds. Murata Yasuji Kimura Hakuzan Yamamoto Sanae and Oofuji Noburou were students of Kitayama Seitarou and worked at his film studio. In 1923 the Great Kanto earthquake destroyed most of the Kitayama studio and the residing animators spread out and founded studios of their own knowing that one could make money with the production of animations. Source: AniDB