Once Upon a Time
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The peace-loving Valley Folk of Windaria live out their quiet lives in the glorious shadow of The Guardian Tree of Life, the symbol of their faith. Among the tree-huggers is a conceited blonde-haired vegetable hawker named Alan and his sweet-natured wife, Marie. Unlike her husband, Marie doesn't go around with a chip on her shoulder. She does, however, go around with a big-eared squirrel named "Chipper" on her shoulder. Unfortunately, their tranquil Valley is situated precariously between the stingy people of Lunaria and the treacherous inhabitants of the dreaded Shadowlands.
The Lunarians have long been hoarding all of Windaria's fresh water in an enormous canal, holding back the waves with a set of stone floodgates monitored by a somnolent old gentleman named Caleb. The tainted water of the dark and dismal Shadowlands is known to cause insanity when consumed, so the residents depend on Lunaria's generosity to quench their thirst. The Shadowlanders' warmongering ruler, King Draco, is sick and tired of the ever-increasing water bills, and is itching to wring the thick neck of the rotund Lunarian Empress...who just happens to be the mother of his son Roland's ravishing blue-eyed girlfriend, Princess Veronica.
When he's not reprimanding the lazy and incompetent soldiers of the Shadowlands' inexperienced army, the periwinkle-clad Prince Roland secretly likes to send mushy love letters to Lunaria's pacifist Princess via carrier pigeon, inviting her to meet him in the Haunted Woods for a late-night royal rendezvous...Read more ›
It's not a must-have for the anime fan, but very appealing anyway. You'll see some bloodless violence and romance that keeps its clothes on, but no truly disturbing themes. Enjoy!
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I've been searching for my childhood's movies and this one is one of my favorities. Love the story and the anime, it's very original. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Fanny Karina Castillo
i've only seen this anime twice, once when i was in high school and it really stuck with me, i love the story, i got to watch it again on vhs which i just rented and never saw it... Read morePublished on March 28, 2006 by beckaizer
This movie shows the tragicness of war and the pain of living with
your wrong actions.
Boy was I surprised to stumble over the Titel just today on some Anime Board.
Last Time I saw this Movie was around 1987 when it aired on SuperChannel (a former free... Read more