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A klutzy teen is transformed into a magical ballerina princess, but don't let that fool you! Dark and sophisticated, this modern fairy tale is more Brothers Grimm than Disney!

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The shojo (girl's) series Princess Tutu (2002) combines elements of Hans Christian Andersen, Swan Lake, Sailor Moon, Ranma 1/2, and Inu-Yasha into an elaborate fantasy-romance. Duck (Ahiru in Japanese) is just that: a duck, until Drosselmeyer (the magician who gives Clara the Nutcracker in the Tchaikovsky ballet) grants her the power of transformation. Water changes her into a human girl, but when she says, "quack," she turns back into a duck. As a human, she's a typically clumsy, good-hearted anime heroine. A student at the Gold Crown Academy of ballet, she becomes the exquisite ballerina Princess Tutu when she needs to aid Mytho, the sad-eyed star dancer. Duck undertakes the mission of restoring the lost shards of Mytho's heart with the aid of his best friend, Fakir. Their adventures are complicated by Kraehe, the Crow-Princess; a giant Raven; various puppets; hooded "Bookmen"; and Drosselmeyer himself. The filmmakers manage to create the impression that the characters are dancing, despite the very limited animation. Although the series centers on ballet, the score leans heavily on program music, including "Pictures at an Exhibition," "Dance Macabre" and the "Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy."Princess Tutu probably would have worked better at 13 episodes than 26, as the story stumbles into wearying repetitions and needless digressions. But adolescent girls who enjoy the mixture of ballet, aching passion, syrupy romance, and slapstick comedy will probably overlook the flaws. (Rated TV 14: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A.D.V. Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKJ6Z4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,953 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Not only is the story great, but the animation is wonderful.
Grace
It felt more like a germanic fairy tale infused with the beauty of ballet and the storytelling inventiveness and artistic styling of anime.
D. Mower
There is just sooo much about this story and so many amazingly good things to say that I dont know where to start.
Karichi

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Galen R. Harrill on August 3, 2009
Format: DVD
I give lots of praise to this series, but I thought I'd clarify a few things for people interested in this set. There is another, more expensive set on amazon. This set is the recent re-release with a different package design. Unlike most ADV releases, this box set contains the original discs, which are still loaded with bonus features, making this a great buy. My one gripe is that the DVDs are all stacked, instead of being in individual holders, but I still consider this official release a great buy.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Hyacinth Shade on January 4, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First off, before I review this, I have to say, Princess Tutu is my FAVORITE anime. Ever. And I've seen a lot. It's fantastic, and I think everyone should see it.

I'm not sure how to summarize the story. It's very complex and engaging. I have to mention first, this anime is very much like a fairy tale. (in fact it uses a lot of Germanic legend and folklore as inspiration) It focuses on a girl, who is really a duck, named Duck, who is in love with a Prince without a heart. She is given a pendant by a man named Drosselmeyer, who is the man pulling the strings behind the whole story. The pendant allows her to take the form of a human girl. This pendant also allows her to turn into Princess Tutu. While Duck is Princess Tutu, she can search for and retrieve shards of the Prince's heart. Throughout the series, Duck must face different obstacles, such a Knight whose role in the story is ambiguous at first, (is he friend or foe?) another Princess who claims the Prince is hers, and various people under the influence of the heart shards of the Prince. I won't say more than that, because I'm afraid I'll spoil this amazing story.

Keep in mind, Princess Tutu does have quite a bit of dancing, many episodes draw inspiration from famous ballets, and music from those ballets is used throughout the series. However, the dancing is beautiful, and even if you aren't familiar with ballet, the extras are there to help you.

This is the first boxset that ADV has done right. (at least from the dvds I've bought from them) They haven't stripped the extras, and there are a lot of them.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Violinist on February 13, 2008
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Classical music, ballet, swords, knights, puppets, ducks, and an insane narrator that takes pleasure in destroying precious storyline. What ISN'T there to like about this anime?

....Aside from its title.
Do NOT get turned off by the title!

Princess Tutu follows the story of FOUR characters: Rue, Mytho, Fakir, and Ahiru (called "Duck" in the anime, the translators didn't bother beating around the bush with translating her name).

The dark tones and bittersweet victories make this anime about 400 times better than anything Disney has ever come up with. The chemistry between characters is almost palatable, and by the end of the series, you will be rejoicing at its ending... yet in your heart desiring more. (For those who know the jargon, its like ending a musical piece on a IV chord. It leaves you craving a total resolution, yet satiates you with its hints of a tonic note.)

And the MUSIC! I truly loved the selection of authentic classical music that served as the backdrop to this anime. For those with a finer ear, you will notice times that the creators purpousfully cut a melody at the V chord, and let it hover in the air, as the scene transforms to a darker tone. It is masterfully done, especially since these songs are often recognizable by both the professional and amateur musician. For those that have no experience in music at all- you will STILL recognize much of the music, and the stuff you don't- get your hands on a copy of it.

If you are okay witih a storyline that reveals its truths/history as it progresses, substantial characters, and a soundtrack compiled by the musical geniuses of the past era (and spliced together by musical geniuses of this century,)
then get the anime, and be captivated by its spell.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Always Samsung on December 31, 2007
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This is a great series and yes it does have a goofy kid like name to it. But dont let that fool you. This series is a total HIDDEN GEM. I love anime but i dont track how well a series does in DVD sales. I believe the individual DVDs are discontinued. But get this box set which contains seasons 1 & 2 and for the current sale price its almost 1.00 per episode. The story is about a girl name Duck who is actually a DUCK but turns into a girl when a story teller grants her a wish. She utilizes her time as a girl drooling over the cutest guy at school but the boy has a SECRET. Along with being able to be a girl she can transform into Princess Tutu where she must help save the prince & get back the shards to his scattered heart. This series has it all and the best thing is, it has MYSTERY which kept my attention. Alot of these new anime titles lately really dont have an ENGAGING element to keep me attracted. Princess TuTu kept me glued to the screen the WHOLE TIME. Its also directed by the creator of Sailor Moon so it has that magic touch already. Surprisingly alot of new anime titles created past the year 2000 have a certain drawing style to it and it doesnt seem to have the colorful VIBRANT images of series that was animated in the 1990's. Overall i am so pleased with my purchase and i love the PRICE i got it at. ENJOY!!!!!!
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Regarding Princess TuTu Complete Collection.
Is there any difference between the two listings of "Princess Tutu: Complete Collection" on amazon.com?? (2 links below)

http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Tutu-Artist-Not-Provided/dp/B001QUXNMK/
http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Tutu-Artist-Not-Provided/dp/B000VKJ6Z4/

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