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Swan Lake (1981)

Sekai meisaku dôwa: Hakuchô no mizûmi (original title)
A prince falls in love with a princess cursed to change into a swan by day, but their love is threatened by the sorcerer who keeps her imprisoned.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiko Takeshita ...
Princess Odette (voice)
Tarô Shigaki ...
Asao Koike ...
Rothbart (voice)
Yôko Asagami ...
Odille (voice)
Yoneko Matsukane ...
Hans (voice)
Fuyumi Shiraishi ...
Margarita (voice)
Taeko Nakanishi ...
Queen Mother (voice)
Akira Murayama ...
Benno (voice)
Mugihito ...
Adolf (voice)
Jôji Yanami ...
Minister (voice)
Chiyoko Kawashima ...
Catherina / Rosanna (voice)
Seiko Nakano ...
Francine (voice)
Takuo Nody ...
Princess Odette (voice)


The hero, Prince Siegfried, is out riding one day with his friends when he spies amidst swans on a lake a particularly eye-catching one with a crown on its head, the familiar Princess Odette. The princess is charmed by an evil wizard Rothbart who is crazy about marrying Odette. Handsome Prince Siegfried together with two merry squirrels struggle to defeat the evil wizard to complete this classic fairy tales. The movie features original Tschaikovsky music. Written by Lucky-16

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Release Date:

23 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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1.33 : 1
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Prince Siegfried: [thinking] I feel like I'm being watched by a beautiful lady.
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Referenced in Final Fantasy II (1988) See more »


Swan Lake
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conducted by Stefan Soltesz
Performed by Wiener Symphoniker
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After So Many Years!
15 February 2004 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

I am thrilled to find one of my all-time favorite pieces of anime! This is an excellent education in the story and music of "Swan Lake" for those with short attention spans and/or an adversity to ballet/orchestral music. After all, we're talking about one of the fundamentals of Western cultural literacy. This movie tells the story with all of the adventure of anime while incorporating the rich historical feel of the piece as well as the breathtaking score. I remember back when I first saw this, my mother, who is a musician and music teacher, watched it with me and went on for days about how wonderful it was as a means of introducing new generations to "Swan Lake". True!

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