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Title (English) Magic Boy
Title (Japanese) Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke

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Fantasy Novel

Notes Movie,83 mins, 1959. A.K.A. "The Adventures of Little Samurai"
Classification -
Synopsis The story is set in an alternate mediaeval Japan. Young Sasuke plays with his animal friends, till an encounter with a witch, who kills one of the animals and attacks Sasuke. Sasuke goes off to learn to be a great magician, so that he can defeat the witch. Add some bandits and a local lord, and you have the story.
Review I recently tracked down a copy of the Magic Boy (Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke) movie [a.k.a. "The Little Samurai"] made in 1959. This is very early anime, and was the first Japanese anime to get a theatrical release in the USA. Even today, the quality of the animation is quite good, and it's well worth a look. Bear in mind that in 1959, colour TV anime was still several years in the future!
Credits Director: Akira Daikubara, Taiji Yabushita
Script: Michihei Muramatsu, Toppei Matsumura
Story: Kazuo Dan
Music: Satoshi Funemura, Toru Funamura
Character Design: Akira Daikubara, Hideo Furusawa
Art Director: Reiji Koyama, Seigo Shindo
Release US: DVD?
TV Showing See the whole series for free? This series may be syndicated to regional cable, satellite or terrestial TV stations. For Europe click here.
Date 1959-12-25
Production Toei Animation
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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