Second US bootleg release of a great sci-fi cartoon
This is the second US bootleg video release of 1995 of the very popular and brilliant cartoon The Mystery of the Third Planet made in 1981 (see IMDb entry for the original) about Alice's adventures in space based on the sci-fi series by a Russian writer Kir Bulychev. This version was released as part of the series called Stories from My Childhood.
This re-edited dubbed version has a very close translation to the original but with a new narrative by Alice added that was not in the original film. James Belushi and Kirsten Dunst did the dubbing. The beginning of the story in Earth's space port was cut out and so were the original credits so the film is 8 minutes shorter than the original. The worst thing, though, is that the brilliant music that this cartoon is very much remembered for and the original sound were all removed. Some of the names were also altered (professor Seleznyov became professor Newton and pilot Zelyony became pilot Jones. The plot, however, stayed the same and the dialogues are nearly identical to the original - much closer than the Mystery of the third planet (dollar store version) of 1987 - the first bootleg dubbed English version.
This version is available on YouTube (http://youtu.be/3lEoewc7Yns). The video quality, however, is poor.
5 stars for this version, 9 for the original.
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