Kids' Commute - Oscars Week: Growing like bamboo

Feb 20, 2015

It's Oscars Week on the Kids' Commute! Today: "The Tale of Princess Kaguya".

It's the final day of Oscars Week, on Kids' Commute

The Oscars are awards given to the past year’s best movies. The winners are revealed in an award ceremony called, The Academy Awards. 

So, we’re going to have a listen to the music for the five movies nominated for the Animated Feature Film Award. Today: The Tale of Princess Kaguya!


The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on a Japanese folk story called, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. A bamboo farmer finds a tiny baby that has fallen out of the sky and landed inside a bamboo plant. He takes tiny Kaguya home where he and his wife raise her as their own child. The little princess grows up very quickly and becomes very beautiful. Motivated by greed, the father then takes Kaguya away from the poor peasant boy whom she loves, and moves her court to where wealthy suitors attempt to win her hand in marriage.

The music for The Tale of Princess Kaguya was composed by Joe Hisaishi. He used traditional Japanese sounding themes throughout his score. The rather minimalistic score does a great job of capturing the many emotions of the film. At one point in the film, Princess Kaguya is visited by a celestial beings, or angel like creatures.

Listen and see if you can hear the celestial angels coming down to earth for a visit!

Song for today:
1. The Procession of Celestial Beings

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Here’s the extended trailer from The Tale of Princess Kaguya