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
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.
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.