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Once Upon a Time (1987) began as Kunihiko Yuyama's ecologically themed tragedy Windaria (1986). Carl Macek and a crew at Harmony Gold recut and rewrote the film, to the chagrin of anime purists. The story focuses on happily married farmers Alan and Marie, and on Roland and Veronica, the star-crossed prince and princess of the rival kingdoms of Lunaria and the Shadowlands. Their unhappy romances are played against a war for control of the local water supply. In its present form, the feature is ponderous and uninvolving, due in large part to the flatness of the narration and the vocal performances: declarations of love, infidelity, and war sound like someone reading a shopping list. At a time when American viewers want to re-create the original experience of anime as closely as possible, Once Upon a Time feels like an anachronism. (Rated 13 and older: violence, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
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