JeTaime – Mamoru Oshii and his basset hound!

June 14th, 2011 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and JeTaime Lovers. JeTaime means I love you in French.

I love you and your basset hound Mamoru Oshii and I have for years…..

These are the blogs I have done about the Japanese writer and director over the years.

2/24/09 – Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

6/8/09 – Website stats explode on Sunday

10/20/09 – For my anime friends…Gabriel Oshii and his Father haunt Hollywood

Now Mamoru Oshii has made an animated short film, about 13 minutes long, staring his basset hound, whom I am assuming is still Gabriel. Looks like Gabriel anyway.


I loved it. It appears to me that Gabriel is dreaming. In his dream he perhaps saves the world unknowingly with his tennis ball? Anyway, that’s my take on it. I would love to know what it really means. I have watched Mamoru Oshii animation for years and I am just not a huge SiFi fan but I am a huge fan of his art and his love for basset hounds.


Article on the internet….

“That Ghost In The Shell director Mamoru Oshii has a thing for basset hounds is not exactly news for fans. The man has been tucking the sad eyed, droopy eared dogs into his work – both live action and animation – for decades now and it’s been suggested more than once that the director has more affection for his canine friends than any bipeds on the planet. So the fact that recent animated short film
Je T’Aime features a basset hound as the lead isn’t really a surprise. If anything the surprise is that it’s taken this long for a hound to take the lead.

Je T’Aime had a brief festival run before being released as part of a DVD package for Japanese pop stars Glay.”


See them on the billboard in the background? Love it…


More blogging about Mamoru and Gabriel later….Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma


  1. Debbie and the Masterpiece Bassets
    June 14th, 2011 | 2:45 pm

    I think you had the right take on the tennis ball, saving and comforting the world. What great animation! I loved it!

  2. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    June 14th, 2011 | 7:46 pm

    I would have never guessed that if you didn’t say. Weird. But cool! He definitely knows the basset hound.

  3. The Grandma
    June 15th, 2011 | 8:35 am

    Happy Happy Birthday to Cat who we love very much.
    Love, Mom Chaps, and Emma

  4. Debbie and the Masterpiece Bassets
    June 15th, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Did I hear you are the birthday girl? Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy ,Happy, Birthday!!!!!!! from the Masterpiece bunch

  5. Sandy
    June 15th, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Our Best Wishes to the Birthday Girl!!!!!

    The Mamoru animation is great. I even recognized the temple and its street of many shops which we visited in March. I found the story quite disturbing — the pup seemed to be offering the balls at the temple — hmmm but don’t know what it means.
    Hope you have a GREAT day. Paisley and Sandy

  6. MaureenandSlinky
    June 15th, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    I didn’t understand this at all.

  7. June 15th, 2011 | 6:03 pm

    Sandy – It is very dark. The music is pawsome. I have never been to Japan except to lay over in Tokyo. I would love to visit one day. I bet you had fun…..

    Maureen – his stuff is really hard to follow. I can’t do it myself. I do love the mad genius behind it all….

  8. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    June 15th, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Cat…..all your Texas hounds howled a ‘Happy Birthday Song’ in your honor today!!! Hope you have a Fantabulous Day — we love you!!!

  9. June 15th, 2011 | 6:36 pm

    Ok now why that would reduce me to a blubbering mess I don’t know, the thought of basset being along and living under the bridge? It just made me cry, still crying as I write this. I enjoyed it very much!

  10. June 15th, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    Jill – I thing the hound was dreaming, or having a nightmare!

  11. June 15th, 2011 | 8:05 pm

    Hi, thank you for posting this. I have this DVD. It is quite difficult to understand what it means but I bought it just because there is a basset hound!! hahaha
    I just want to let you know that Mr Oshii has a basset hound “Seraphim” a girl whose father is Hal’s mother’s brother. Here is the link you can see Seraphim (she is so beautiful basset!) and Mr Oshii. I am not quite a fan of him but he is a maniac(?) lover of basset hound, so I’m interested in him.

  12. Sandy
    June 15th, 2011 | 8:15 pm

    Cat — our trip to Japan was amazing but was very short. We arrived in Tokyo on Wed. night and spent a wonderful day and a half before the earthquake on Friday afternoon. Although Tokyo did not experience the horrific damage of Sendai we watched as the buildings swayed and shuddered. We too were swaying and it was something I never want to experience again. Our hotel was damaged so we moved south to the Mt.Fugi area for two days before we got our flight home to Canada on Monday. It was a quick trip to say the least but we were safe. The irony of it all is we originally were booked on a tour to Egypt which was of course cancelled due to the unrest. Japan was our “safe” choice.
    My daughter and I are thinking on a vacation late this summer but with our luck I am sure no country will want our visit. My husband wants us to just stay put — guess I cant blame him since he was at home watching CNN — we cannot speak Japanese so we had no clue how big the earthquake was.

  13. Cat
    June 15th, 2011 | 8:20 pm

    Hey Hal’s Mom! Thanks so much for checking in. We all love Hal in bassethoundtown! I find it fascinating that Hal is related to Seraphim! That is pretty cool! Thank so much for the link!

    I understand that Mr. Oshii is very political so I can see howl his work could be very controversial.

    What I don’t understand is his politics. Like you, I enjoy his work due to his maniacal love of basset hounds!

    I am over joyed you commented!

    Kiss Mr. Hal for us!

    Cat, Chaps and Emma

  14. Cat
    June 15th, 2011 | 8:27 pm

    Sandy – That is so cool that you and your daughter love to travel together. You both are so blessed. I bet you both were so scared during your trip with the earthquake. Thank you for your recollection.

    Keep us posted on your next trip! Maybe the States? hehehe

  15. Cat
    June 15th, 2011 | 8:28 pm

    Oh, Hal’s Mom, I forgot to ask, Do you like Glay?

  16. June 15th, 2011 | 10:36 pm

    No I don’t know much about Glay. I don’t usually listen Rock music. But they have enthusiastic fans in Japan and Asia. Basset hounds are very minor dogs in Japan so that’s nice that those fans see the video and know the basset hounds.

  17. Mary
    June 17th, 2011 | 9:27 am


    I think this video is about appeasement. About trying to do everything one can to interact and make friendly overtures to another. Since Mamoru Oshii is a political commentator, I assume it is trying to make overtures to a country or group and not getting any reaction unless force is shown. Then the response in overwhelming and very violent.

    I have always enjoyed trying to find deep significant meaning in artistic films and videos, altho most I find miss the mark.

    It took me awhile to see this as maybe the meaning of the video. The problem is that the video’s creator and the audience have different past experiences. So the images don’t always mean the same thing to different viewers.

    Thanks for finding this. And, yes, I do like the Basset being the main character. He is soooo polite and diplomatic to the opposite side.

    Mary in TX

  18. June 17th, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    Hey Mary in TX – thanks for the well thought out comment. Nice food for thought. The basset is so polite and diplomatic. I love that!

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