I know I should give this a 10/10, but I grew up with an English dub with at most one or two flaws.
Since I was little, this has always has been one of my favourite movies. Although I was mostly into Disney, and animation in general, this was perhaps my first foray into the wonderful world of anime.
I like this movie because it has a "respect the environment and its animals" message, very good artwork, an suspenseful good vs. evil battle etc.
This anime film is more sophisticated than most anime films and shows that are popular these days (i.e. Ranma ½, Naruto, Bleach etc.), and I find there are very few anime films I know of that do the job right, outside of Studio Ghibli films.
The English dub, released by Just for Kids, is the version I grew up with, of course, but I find there's one thing wrong with it. Virtually every scene in that dub ends with a "we'll be back" bumper repeating footage of the previous scene and adding a narration, and I find that mildly annoying, but the rest of the movie is OK and to be fair, the voice acting is not as bad as a lot of dubbed anime shows/films.
Plus, the end of the VHS, my copy at least, is loaded with dodgy and annoying previews hosted by an obnoxious teen named "Noel". But it doesn't ruin the movie for me.
...It's sad that this movie has gone into obscurity, and if I want to see this film any more times, I'll have to burn my VHS copy onto a DVD. If you happen to have a copy of this movie, I highly recommend it for children, as this movie is not anywhere as mean-spirited, rude and obnoxious as some children's movies are these days, but some of it may be distressing to younger viewers.
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