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The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun (1968)

Taiyô no ôji Horusu no daibôken (original title)
A boy with a mythical sword wants to protect a Norse village from an evil ice wizard and his minions, who destroyed his family's village. However, the villagers don't fully trust him and a mysterious girl with a dark secret befriends him.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikijirô Hira ...
Grunwald, the Demon of Ice (voice)
Etsuko Ichihara ...
Hilda (voice)
Eijirô Tôno ...
Ganko, the blacksmith (voice)
Masao Mishima ...
Village Leader (voice)
Yasushi Nagata ...
Drago, villager
Hisako Ôkata ...
Hols (voice)
Hiroshi Kamiyama ...
Villager (voice)
Hisashi Yokomori ...
Horu's Father / Toto, the white owl (voice)
Tokuko Sugiyama
Tadashi Yokouchi ...
Paul / Moog the Rock Giant (voice)
Asako Akazawa ...
Piria, Rusan's fiancée
Yuriko Abe ...
Young woman
Kazuo Tachibana ...
Villager
Taisaku Akino ...
Rusan (as Masaaki Tsusaka)
Yoshie Hinoki
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Horus, a kid living in an unnamed Scandinavian/Eastern Europe culture of the Iron Age, recovers the Sword of the Sun from the rock giant Moog and learns from his dying father that he must returns to his ancestral territory. In the process, he defends a village from the attacks of Grundewald, a warlord/ice demon and befriends the enigmatic Hilda, a lonely and beautiful girl who sings haunting songs (and who hides a terrible secret). Written by Korman643

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The production was ridden with problems, mainly due to the difficult union relationships between the artists and the company Toei Doga. The movie was released far beyond schedule, and kept in the theaters only for 10 days. Because of this, it bombed, and Takahata never directed for Toei again. However, the movie became immediately an underground hit among students and young anime artists, and is now widely considered the first modern anime. See more »

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When Grunwald is holding Hols' rope on the icy cliff, you can see his gloves change color from black to blue to black again. See more »

Quotes

Hilda: [sings] In the twilight red sky / a lonely star shines / Someone calls me, / "Come away, voiceless lark / Come away, wingless lark / From where did you come? And where will you go, now?"
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An unsung milestone in animation history
25 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The influence of Horus: Prince of the Sun (1968) cannot be overstated. It is not only the feature debut of the legendary Isao Takahata or a precursor of Studio Ghibli; it changed the face of Japanese animation forever, pushing aside the notion that all animation must be for children, that all animation must fit in the Disney musical mold.

I don't feel I need to go into the film's notoriously troubled production; other reviewers have done so with skill. But let me stress to you that if you consider yourself a fan of animation at all, you owe it to yourself to view Horus. Its musical numbers and talking animals are belied by psychological realism, a gritty sensibility, and political commentary. This isn't just a dark family film in the mode of Disney's Pinocchio (1940) or Bluth's The Secret of NIMH (1982), nor is it an "edgy" adult animation which mistakes crudity for maturity.

The film was a disappointment when first released, but its fan base grew quickly with re-releases, many of these fans being high school and college aged students who connected with the struggles of the protagonists, Horus and Hilda. In the United States, we have no equivalent to Horus as of this writing. We are still trapped by the Snow White and Toy Story model. I earnestly pray an American Takahata will one day give us a film such as this and change our animation landscape too.


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