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Title (English) Taro the Dragon Boy
Title (Japanese) Tatsu no Ko Tarou

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Fantasy Novel

Notes Movie, 75 mins, 1979. a.k.a. "Taro the Dragon's Son"
The DVD soundtrack is mono.
Classification -
Synopsis Lazy and selfish, Taro loves to eat, sleep, and wrestle with the forest animals. He has little direction or inspiration in his life. That is, until a wizard passing theough the forest one day bestows young Taro with a magical potion. Upon drinking the potion, he gains the strength of a hundred men! However, there is a catch: he may only summon this strength when he is helping others.

Taro soon learns that his long lost mother was transformed into a dragon as punishment for her greediness. He sets forth with a sense of purpose to locate his mother and free her from the spell. All the while he is also trying to help the peasants of his village, as well as other colourful creatures that inhabit the mountain.

Review The story is said to be based on ancient Japanese folklore.

Despite its age, the movie is well animated and exciting. It should have some appeal for all ages. Some mild nudity.

Credits Director: Kirio Urayama
Screenplay: Kirio Urayama, Takashi Mitsui
Music: Riichiro Manabe
Original Concept: Isao Takahata
Original story: Miyoko Matsutani
Character Design: Reiko Okuyama, Yoichi Kotabe
Art Director: Isamu Tsuchida
Animation Director: Osamu Kasai
Release USA,Can: DVD
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Date 1979-03-17
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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