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Magic Boy (film)

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Production  Toei Animation
Country  Japan
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation, Family, Adventure
Language  Japanese
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Director  Akira Daikubara Taiji Yabushita
Release date  December 25, 1959 (1959-12-25) (Japan) June 22, 1961 (1961-06-22) (USA)
Writer  Kazuo Dan (story), Dohei Muramatsu
Directors  Taiji Yabushita, Akira Daikuhara
Cast  Katsuo Nakamura (Yukimura Sanada (voice)), Hiroko Sakuramachi (Oyû (voice)), Teruo Miyazaki (Sarutobi Sasuke (voice)), Tomoko Matsushima (Okei-chan (voice)), Kenji Usuda (Master Tozawa Hakuun (voice)), Harue Akagi (Omon Yayamata (voice))
Genres  Anime, Animation, Fantasy, Adventure Film, Family film, Japanese Movies
Similar movies  Taiji Yabushita directed Magic Boy and The Tale of the White Serpent

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Magic Boy, known in Japan as Shōnen Sarutobi Sasuke (少年猿飛佐助, "The Boy Sarutobi Sasuke"), is a 1959 Japanese animated feature film released on December 25, 1959. Released as Toei Animation's second theatrical anime, the film was released in theaters in North America on June 22, 1961 making it the first anime film to be released in the country, followed by The Tale of the White Serpent on July 8, 1961.


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In medieval Japan, a boy named Sasuke and his sister live in a forest along with several young animals of different species. One day, one of the animals (a young deer) is grabbed by an eagle and thrown into a lake. Sasuke and another animal jump into the lake to save it, but a monstrous salamander arrives and devours one of the animals. Sasuke tries to fight the monster, but is defeated. The beast leaves the lake, revealing its true form: a female demon named Yakusha. Sasuke's sister tells him Yakusha was transformed into a salamander by a powerful wizard millennia ago, but now she could muster enough power to have her normal shape back. And now she will found a reign of terror in Japan! Then, Sasuke decides to seek a magician master to learn to fight against Yakusha to save Japan and avenge the death of his pet.

The MGM version

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In the English language version, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer left most of the original songs with Japanese language lyrics. Since the creators of the English version preferred to liken Sasuke to the public perception of samurai, who were viewed as heroic, as opposed to the ninja, who were viewed as "sinister spies and assassins," MGM's publicity incorrectly claimed that The Adventures of the Little Samurai was the Japanese title of the film. This despite the movie poster's accurate display of the actual title.

Video game

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A video game titled Shōnen Sarutobi Sasuke (also known as Sasuke Ninja Boy) was released by Sunsoft for the Super Famicom in 1994.


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According to animation historian Jerry Beck, the film exhibited Toei Animation's effort to use the "Disney formula of presenting a traditional folktale with songs and plenty of cute animals."

Home media

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In 2014, Warner Home Video released the MGM version of the film on DVD for the first time as a Warner Archive title.

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