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Taro the Dragon Boy

4.1 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Lazy and selfish, Taro loves to eat, sleep, and wrestle with the forest animals. He has little direction or inspiration in his life. That is, until a wizard passing through the forest one day bestows young Taro with a magical potion. Upon drinking the potion, he gains the strength of a hundred men!

However, there is a catch: he may only summon this power when he is helping others. Taro soon learns that his long lost mother was transformed into a dragon as punishment for her greediness. He sets forth with a sense of purpose to locate his mother and free her from the spell. All the while trying to help the peasants of his village, as well as other colorful creatures that inhabit the mountain. Inspired by an ancient Japanese folklore, Taro the Dragon Boy is an enchanting animated masterpiece!

Available for the first time ever on DVD. Contains the rare English dubbed version, and the original Japanese language version completely uncut and unedited.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Japanese, English
Subtitles: English
Dolby Digital
Region 1
Color
75 Minutes
Not Rated


Special Features

  • Trailers
  • Chapter Selection
  • Motion Menu
  • Translation notes

Product Details

  • Actors: Kazuo Kitamura, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Jun'ya Katô, Kirin Kiki, Kazuo Kumakura
  • Directors: Kirirô Urayama, Peter Fernandez
  • Writers: Kirirô Urayama, Isao Takahata, Miyoko Matsutani, Takashi Mitsui
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Discotech Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCD242
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Taro the Dragon Boy" on IMDb

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This was a movie I grew up watching.
I remembered the intense story so much and loved
the animation in comparison to cheesy cartoons that I had
to break down and look for this movie.
It is a animated movie from the early 80's derived from
an Oriental Fable. A young boy separated from his mother
at birth (she turned into a dragon) He looks to reunite with
his mother and learns to help people along his journey.
He makes many friends and each event somehow ties into the
next part of his journey. Its story is very touching.
Anyhow, the moral of the story is: You can help yourself by helping others. (A sound piece of business advice I might add)
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Although this film was released on home video in the U.S. in 1984 as "Taro the Dragon Boy" (five years after it appeared in Japanese theaters in 1979), not many people seem to remember it, which is a shame, as it is one of the best anime films I've ever seen. I rented the English-dubbed version, helmed by the legendary Peter Fernandez (also worked on the English dubs of "Speed Racer" and "Superbook"), on video from my video store on several occasions as a child, and was awestruck. Taro is a remarkable young man - he possesses immense strength and an enormous appetite, but he also has a heart of gold, and the object of his quest is to find his mother, Katsu, who was changed into a dragon many years ago. (One scene which made a big impression on me is the scene in which Taro and the villagers are feasting after Taro defeated a demon who was threatening the village, and Taro - who has an appetite to rival Garfield's - can't enjoy the celebration because he keeps thinking of the folks back in his home village who have nothing to eat. That shows what a pure, good heart he has.) This film holds up very well even to this day. The animation is remarkably fluid given that the film is now over a quarter-century old, and the music is also very well-done. There are even vocal songs, which were dubbed into English for the U.S. release along with the dialogue, and they're also pretty good, even in English; the dialogue is also well-written and well-dubbed. The ending will absolutely have you in tears. If you can find a used copy of this film on VHS, by all means pick it up. It's a real classic. (Incidentally, despite the Japanese title, "Tatsu no ko Taro," this animation was NOT produced by Tatsunoko Production, but by Toei Animation, which later became internationally famous for "Dragonball," "Sailor Moon," and "One Piece.")
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It's a beautifully drawn Japanese story about a boy who learns how not to be selfish and decides to find his long lost mother with the help of animals, people and magic creatures he meets along his journey. Selfishness and it's consequences are the main focus of this movie, but it is also a story of love between a mother and child so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes when I first saw it in the movie theater at age 9. Today I am 36 and was thrilled to find it on DVD for my 4-year-old girl. Now we enjoy it together and she loves to teach me the theme song which she knows by heart. I most definitely recommend this to anyone 3 years and older.
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Taro the Dragon Boy is exactly what it sets out to be --- an animated retelling of classic Japanese folklore. At this it succeeds, as it does an excellent job of portraying the original story in the same sort of way it might play out in your imagination. This can be its strength or its weakness, and I think mileage can vary from viewer to viewer. There's a constant distance you feel to the events of the film, the same sort of distance you might feel to the events that happen in your dreams. While some might find this makes the film less engaging, I found it to be a very effective and entertaining approach to capturing the Japanese folktale spirit.

The story first introduces us to Taro, a young, seemingly magical, but also somewhat lazy and inconsiderate young boy, that lives with his grandmother in a mountain farming village. Taro isn't a mean kid --- he's just oblivious in a very simple, even dumb sort of way, and is content with spending his time playing with the animals of the forest, when he ought to be helping his tired Grandmother with the farming. His village (and many others throughout the film) are suffering from bad crops and farming conditions, sometimes because of the gods, sometimes because of demons, sometimes from the greed of other people, and sometimes just because of circumstance and the conditions of the environment. One day when Taro is playing in the woods, a Tengu spirit gives him a 'magic potion' (although it's more like magical saké), which gives Taro the strength of 100 men. The Tengu tells Taro to use his new-found strength to help others, to which Taro thankfully agrees.
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This is not Miyazaki. But when you and your kids get done watching all the Miyazaki films, this is a great one to watch next. Fun and imaginative, well drawn, and well dubbed. Cons: sound and picture quality are at the level of 80s TV. Maybe this film could benefit from a remaster, or maybe that is just the quality level it was originally produced in. It is old, after all. Warning: there is a small amount of completely non-sexual cartoon nudity, about the level of what you would see in a pbs anthropological documentary. It didn't bother my family at all: overall, great film.
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