This was a segment on "The Hector Heathcote Show". It followed the stories, told by Hashimoto to G.I.Joe (a newspaper reporter), of Japan and it's numerous historical facets. The shorts originally were shown theatrically in 1959.
In 2002, Directed by Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cooke, the 2D-animated equine-themed feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron opens in U.S. theaters. The film picks up one Oscar nom and four Annies in 2003.