Beautiful animation in this, the first cartoon feature from Japan and the great Toei studios. Two lovers in ancient China have to battle bad men to find happiness, and get help from Panda the Panda and Mimi the Cat along the way. Cute Panda's theme song is an oft-repeated classic, and scenes with the animals are extremely playful. Some beautiful and bizarre supernatural sequences really make this one worthwhile; some great psychedelic montage stuff seems sort of a hat-tip to FANTASIA. Some key folk supply voices here. The wizard is dubbed by Roger Corman favorite Mel Welles (soon after his star turn in the inimitable THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), in his usual delightful deadpan. Narration is by somber voice of the 60s, Marvin Miller. And there's a daft, dubbed duck that sounds exactly like Donald! But this lovely animated flick is a real gem.
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