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The House of Small Cubes (つみきのいえ, Tsumiki no Ie) is a 2008 Japanese animated short subject film created by Kunio Katō, with music by Kenji Kondo and produced by Robot Communications.

The House of Small Cubes
La Maison en Petits Cubes DVD cover.jpg
Directed byKunio Katō
Produced byMasanori Kusakabe, Yuko Hata
Written byKenya Hirata
Music byKenji Kondo
Release date
  • 2008 (2008)
Running time
12 minutes

It won several prizes, including The Annecy Cristal at the 32nd Annecy International Animated Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 81st Academy Awards.[1] It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2008.



As his town is flooded by water, an aged widower is forced to add additional levels on to his home in order to stay dry. But when he accidentally drops his favourite smoking pipe into the lower submerged levels of his home, his search for the pipe eventually makes him relive scenes from his eventful life (including his time before the flooding began).


The House of Small Cubes has won the following awards:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "La Maison en Petits Cubes". Short Film Central. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "HIROSHIMA 2008(12) Aug.7-11 Venue : Aster Plaza". Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "2008 Japan Media Arts Festival Awards". Japan Media Arts Plaza, Agency for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2009.

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