Hakujaden (movie)

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Alternative title:
Czarodziejski biały wąż (Polish)
Erzählung einer weißen Schlange (German)
Hakujaden la Légende du Serpent Blanc (French)
La leggenda del serpente bianco (Italian)
Le Panda et le Serpent Magique (French)
Le Serpent Blanc (French)
Legend of the White Snake
Panda and the Magic Serpent
Panda i magiczny wąż (Polish)
Panda y la Serpiente Mágica (Spanish)
The Great White Snake
The White Snake Enchantress
白蛇伝 (Japanese)
Genres: fantasy
Objectionable content: None
Plot Summary: As a young boy, Xu-Xian is forced to free his pet, a small snake. Unbeknownst to him, the snake is actually a young snake goddess named Bai-Niang and she is in love with him. Many years later, when they are both adults, the princess is magically transformed into a human and sets out to find her love. But the local wizard believes her to be a vampire, and banishes Xu-Xian from the village in order to save him. Xu-Xian's pet pandas Panda and Mimi set out to save him and bring him, in the process becoming leaders of an animal gang.

*** THERE ARE SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT

Clear details on the later half of this film's plot seem to vary from article to articles, perhaps because the North American release was edited.

In all cases, the articles agree that Bai-Niang fought with the wizard, had to eventually give up her immortality to be with Xu-Xian and that everyone lived happilly ever after.

User Ratings: 51 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: -
 Excellent: 7 votes (sub:3, dub:2, others:2
1 Spanish subtitled
1 French dubbed
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 Very good: 11 votes (dub:6, sub:3, others:2
1 French subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
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 Good: 18 votes (sub:10, edit.dub:3, dub:2, others:3
1 French subtitled
1 French dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 Decent: 5 votes (sub:3, dub:1, edit.dub:1)
 So-so: 3 votes (dub:2, sub:1)
 Not really good: 4 votes (sub:2, ?:1, edit.dub:1)
 Weak: 1 vote (dub:1)
 Bad: -
 Awful: -
 Worst ever: 2 votes (dub:2)
Seen in part or in whole by 84 users, rank: #3724 (of 6084)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.686 (Good−), std. dev.: 1.9851, rank: #3077 (of 6076)
Weighted mean: 6.987 (Good), rank: #2290 (of 6076) (seen all: 6.99 / seen some: 7.00)
Bayesian estimate: 7.098 (Good), rank: #1779 (of 4580)
Running time: 78 minutes
Vintage:
1958
2004-12-12 (Mexico, Once TV)
Premiere date:
1958-10-22 (Japan)
1961-07-08 (United States)
Release dates: We have 2
Opening Theme:
"White Snake Legend (白蛇伝)" by Chûji Kinoshita
Official website:
Links: We have 3
Trivia: We have 1
Comment:
First Japanese animated feature film in color. Based on a Chinese legend. Only two voice actors were used, providing the voices for all the different parts.
In 1961 Hakujaden was the first Japanese animation shown to American audiences when Globe Pictures released it as Panda and the Magic Serpent. Later inthe same year American International Pictures released Alakazam the Great; and MGM released Magic Boy.
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Script: Taiji Yabushita
Screenplay: Shin Uehara
Executive producer: Hiroshi Ôkawa

Background Art:
Kazuo Kusano
Koichi Maeba
Cinematography: Takamitsu Tsukahara
In-Between Animation: Rintaro
Photography: Mitsuaki Ishikawa
Recording: Takeshi Mori
Japanese companies
Production: Toei Animation
English staff
English cast
Marvin Miller as Narrator
English companies
Distributor: Digiview Entertainment (2004 dvd)
Licensed by: Globe Pictures (expired)
French staff
French companies
(none)
Distributor: Wild Side Video
French cast
(none)
Spanish staff
Spanish companies
(none)
Broadcaster:
Once TV
OnceTV (Mexico)
Spanish cast
(none)
Polish staff
Polish companies
(none)
Distributor: Video Rondo
Polish cast
(none)
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