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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:

Horus, Prince of the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

Company Credits

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

The official website of Tôei Animation and the movie's official roman album (a book about the making of the movie) published by Tokuma Shoten give the roman-character spelling of the name of the title character as "Hols", and it has been confirmed personally by the movie's supervising director Yasuo Ôtsuka that he believes that the similarity of its Japanese pronunciation "Horusu" to that of the ancient Egyptian deity Horus is unintentional.

However, many international releases of the movie, including in the USA and Canada, spell the character's name in subtitles and in the title as "Horus", and precisely how the filmmakers arrived at the name of "Horusu" at the time remains a point of some contention amongst fans of the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the English Dub opening credits Isao Takahata's name was misspelled as "Sao Takahata". See more »

Quotes

Hols: [after escaping from the Endless Woods and encountering Hilda] Hilda, come with me to the village.
[She steps back, clutches her amulet and glares coldly at him]
Hols: I was right, I knew we could get the other Hilda out of you. Come to the village, Hilda.
[Shaking her head, she attacks him with her sword and he fends her off with his axe]
Hols: That's the Hilda we must get out of you. Be brave and show them how human you really are.
[He disarms her and she bows her head]
Hols: There... you are human
Hilda: [...]
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most important anime of all time
31 December 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee all my reviews

excerpt, more at my location - Developed and created in 1968, Isao Takahata's first feature-length outing fuses Japanese and Norse philosophies and mythologies into the charmingly grown-up children's tale that is The Little Norse Prince.

While the impact of The Little Norse Prince resonates even in today's modern anime, as an individual film, it is a triumphant hallmark of sublime animation and an adult story with genuine heart, warmth, danger and menace that the talking squirrels of Disney's preceding '60s sword film (The Sword In The Stone) could only dream of achieving.

The originality that The Little Norse Prince exudes is nothing short of impressive, as his anti-aging formula transports us back in time to makes us feel young and vulnerable. While it may not be the greatest anime of all time, it is nothing short of being the most important.


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