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Taro the Dragon Boy (1979)

Tatsu no ko Tarô (original title)
A young boy has to make a voyage to a distant lake to save his mother, who has been turned into a dragon.

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Miyoko Matsutani (novel), Takashi Mitsui (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura ... Niwatori-chouja (voice)
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Tatsuya (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun'ya Katô Jun'ya Katô ... Taro (voice)
Kirin Kiki ... Yamanba (voice)
Kazuo Kumakura Kazuo Kumakura ... Red Oni (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ... Aya (voice)
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A young boy has to make a voyage to a distant lake to save his mother, who has been turned into a dragon.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 March 1979 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Taro - Der Drachenboy See more »

Company Credits

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Toei Animation, Toei Doga See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Taro the Dragon Boy - a hero for children and lovers of animation
1 February 2006 | by jeff-1306See all my reviews

I first saw Taro when it was released by Turner on VHS back in the late 1980s. It instantly became a hit with my children, all three of whom came to love it; and we all watched it countless times. We were discouraged to learn that Turner had decided not to re-release the film on VHS, and we subsequently waited for years to see it come out on DVD. The artwork in this film is lovely, with many of the frames looking like a Japanese watercolor. There are elements of Japanese mythology here, as well as action, adventure, and important lessons in life and character building. Taro, an immensely strong and chubby orphan, must set out alone to discover the secret of his mother's disappearance. Along the way he learns that hard work, cooperation, honesty and ambition are essential to his survival. Children will enjoy the film and they may come to identify with the heroic Taro, the Dragon Boy, despite cultural differences and/or language barriers.


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