A young boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has dreamed of until he unleashes a century old secret that may not only destroy this ...
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When Tack upsets Zigzag the Vizier, the wizard drags him off to the royal castle, where Princess Yum Yum falls for the bashful boy and saves him from execution. Unfortunately, Zigzag plans ... See full summary »
A young boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has dreamed of until he unleashes a century old secret that may not only destroy this perfect dream world but reality itself. Written by
The first anime movie to receive a wide release in the United States. Production began in 1982, with the intention of the film being a big-budget showcase of Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co.'s animation style to American audiences. The efforts to make it a movie that would appeal to both Japanese and American audiences resulted in the film having a long and troubled production history, as different arms of production (writing, casting, animation, etc) received conflicting instructions as to how to proceed with the film. Over the course of seven years, numerous powerful figures from both Japanese and American film-making were hired in various attempts to salvage production. Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata worked for a year, between 1982-1983, but ultimately left due to creative differences with the American production company; Miyazaki later called it "the worst experience" of his career. Gary Kurtz and Chris Columbus were each brought on board at different points to act as directors/producers/writers, and Ray Bradbury was hired to write a new script. It is unknown how much each contributed to the final product. Although the film premiered in Japan in 1989, it did not receive its intended American release until 1992, a full decade after the start of production; in a final effort to market the film to American audiences, several minutes of the movie had to be edited in order to secure a softer rating. See more »
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Yeah, they don't like it when you have fun here. Heh.
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Ever rent a movie out of curiosity because, although you've never heard a good thing about it, you want to see it anyway because you thought it looked good? That happened to me with "Little Nemo"; I rented it one summer and felt as if I had struck gold.
The thing that got me with this movie was that the animators managed to imitate the original Windsor McCay illustrations so closely. Being an illustrator myself, that completely won me over and that alone would be cause to recommend it. But this is also one of the most visually inventive animated films I've ever seen. I will not spoil the surprise by describing anything, but the way this movie depicts Slumberland is surely the best thing about it. This is definately worth hunting down.
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