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Horus: Prince of the Sun (1968)

Taiyô no ôji: Horusu no daibôken (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 21 July 1968 (Japan)
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.

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writer:

Kazuo Fukazawa (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikijirô Hira ... Grunwald, the Demon of Ice (voice)
Etsuko Ichihara Etsuko Ichihara ... Hilda (voice)
Eijirô Tôno ... Ganko, the blacksmith (voice)
Masao Mishima Masao Mishima ... Village Leader (voice)
Yasushi Nagata Yasushi Nagata ... Drago, villager
Hisako Ôkata Hisako Ôkata ... Hols (voice)
Hiroshi Kamiyama Hiroshi Kamiyama ... Villager (voice)
Hisashi Yokomori Hisashi Yokomori ... Horu's Father / Toto, the white owl (voice)
Tokuko Sugiyama Tokuko Sugiyama
Tadashi Yokouchi Tadashi Yokouchi ... Paul / Moog the Rock Giant (voice)
Asako Akazawa Asako Akazawa ... Piria, Rusan's fiancée
Yuriko Abe Yuriko Abe ... Young woman
Kazuo Tachibana Kazuo Tachibana ... Villager
Taisaku Akino ... Rusan (as Masaaki Tsusaka)
Yoshie Hinoki Yoshie Hinoki
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

TOEI ANIMATION [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 July 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Norse Prince See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Production Co:

Toei Animation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first movie where now legendary Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata (later founders, along with Toru Hara, of Studio Ghibli) worked together. At the time, Miyazaki was simply an inbetween artist at Tôei Animation (then known as Tôei Dôga), but his talent brought him to the attention of Setsuyo Matoba, who was the production supervisor. In order to find a role for Miyazaki, a "chief animator and concept artist" role was specially invented. See more »

Goofs

When the wolves attack the village, Horus runs out of the village to face them head-on and try to kill their leader, Silver Wolf. In his absence, Potom, the village chief's son, encourages everyone to tear the logs from his father's barn to build a barricade against the wolves. Afterwards, when Drago is trying to turn the Chief against Horus, the Chief recalls that Horus encouraged everyone to break up his barn, but it was his son Potom who did that, not Horus, who was outside the village at the time. The error is found in both the English subtitles and the English dubbed dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Drago: [watches connivingly as Hilda mesmerises the entire village with her beautiful singing] I have a good idea... I can make use of her.
Toto: Sure, you can make use of her... if only to ruin yourself.
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Alternate Versions

The English-dubbed version from AIP-TV changed the location of the film from Northern Japan to Norway. See more »

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Featured in Hana to Arisu (2004) See more »

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Groundbreaking
15 July 2000 | by ZoharielSee all my reviews

This was one of the first movies that legends Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata worked on, and probably the first movie that suggested animation might be more than just for children. I understand a copy of the video is not easy to find. I was lucky enough to see it at Anime Society last night at the local university.

The film is important for its place in anime history. As a story, it's slightly weak (there are several subplots that didn't quite seem to fit), but nevertheless very enjoyable. This was partly due to the fact that the fansub I watched was, um...rather poorly translated, and some of the subtitles caused me to break into fits of hilarity. The animation itself seems mediocre nowadays, but must have been exceptional for the time. There's a slightly Disney look to it, but the anime style is definitely there...and the film is much darker than anything Disney could come up with. I mean, there's an Ice Demon whose dream is to kill everyone in the world. ! I'm thinking also of the part when Hilda's squirrel companion says something like, "But Hilda, if you save this girl she will live a life of rejection and hatred! Just like your whole life has been!" (That's nowhere near an exact quotation, but it's as close as I can remember.) And then there's the scene when Horus enters the Forest of Delusion...

It's fun to see the early development of Takahata and Miyazaki. You can see ideas just forming that would manifest in their later films. The film in itself is quite good, and in fact one of the better anime (animes?) I've seen. [Certainly it was better than the other feature at Anime Society that night, an inexplicable, boring, badly animated mess about a detective who is his own client and airplanes turning into fish and a two-year-old who is God...no, I didn't get it either.]

In conclusion, if you ever get the chance to see "Horus, Prince of the Sun", don't hesitate. I just wish there was a way I could see it again...


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