Alakazam The Great
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Synopsis

A little monkey, born of stone, becomes king of the monkeys for his bravery, but has to embark on a heroes quest to learn how to become king and prove himself.

Credits

Director

Taiji "Yasushi" Yabushita
Daisaku Shirakawa

Inbetweener

Gisaburou Sugii
Shigeyuki "Rintarou" Hayashi
Yoichi Kotabe
Kazuko Nakamura
Reiko Okuyama
Sadao Tsukioka

Key Animator

Akemi (Akemi Ota) Miyazaki
Yasuo Otsuka
Akira Daikubara
Yasuji Mori

Distributor(s)

Toei Company, Ltd.

Trivia

  • Original title is "Saiyuki", or "Journey to the West".
  • The film is a loose adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's variation of "Journey to the West", borrowing the designs and aesthetics from the manga, with Tezuka's permission

Video Information

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Type: Mono: Westrex Recording System
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Language: Japanese
Original Country: Japan

Reviews and Comments

From eutychus :

I remember this film from when I was very young, but interestingly, I didn't remember a thing about it except that I was always very excited to hear that it was being broadcast on TV. It's possible that it's because I was born in Japan and have some residual memory of it, but since I moved back to the states when I was only 6 months, it's more likely that my family had some attachment to it that filtered down to me.

At any rate, I really enjoyed watching this (I assume) again. The plot owes more to the themes of Japanese folklore than European, so you won't find any cut and dried elements of good or evil in the hero, Sun Gokku. And there's a bit of a jarring change in style towards the end where the animation becomes looser and the music jazzier.

I was lucky enough to see this in the original Japanese with English subtitles. It exists in a dubbed version with vocals by Sterling Holloway and Jonathan Winters (among others) but that sounds too cutesy for my taste and would seem to try to make it into more of a Disney feature than it needs to be.


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History

11/24/2015

  • New title added by eutychus
  • Poster added by eutychus

3/26/2017

  • Animation type added by Toadette
  • Original Language added by Toadette
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3/14/2018

  • Credits added by TibbyH
  • Aspect ratio added by TibbyH
  • Trivia added by TibbyH

4/24/2018

  • Series added by TibbyH
  • Sound type added by TibbyH
  • Print format added by TibbyH
  • Negative format added by TibbyH

4/30/2018

  • Credits added by TibbyH

9/8/2018

  • Poster added by eutychus

9/11/2018

  • Credits added by TibbyH

9/23/2018

  • Credits added by TibbyH

11/22/2018

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3/31/2020

    4/22/2020

    • Screenshots added by eutychus

    4/23/2020

    • Synopsis added by eutychus
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    Sources

    Akemi (Akemi Ota) Miyazaki: Key Animator
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    Yasuo Otsuka: Key Animator
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    Taiji "Yasushi" Yabushita: Director
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    Daisaku Shirakawa: Director
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    Gisaburou Sugii: Inbetweener
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    Shigeyuki "Rintarou" Hayashi: Inbetweener
    • Verified by Anime News Network

    Akira Daikubara: Key Animator
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    Yoichi Kotabe: Inbetweener
    • Verified by Anipages

    Kazuko Nakamura: Inbetweener
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    Reiko Okuyama: Inbetweener
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    Yasuji Mori: Key Animator
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    Sadao Tsukioka: Inbetweener
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