Little Norse Prince (1968, Anime, Movie) – 7/10

Producer: Hiroshi Okawa
Writer (Conception): Masajiro Seki
Writer (Screenplay): Kazuo Fukazawa
Writer (Creator): Yasuo Otsuka
Animator: Hayao Miyazaki
Mijikiro Hira: Grunwald
Eijiro Tono: Ganko
Etsuko Ichihara: Hiruda
Masao Mishima: Village Leader
Director: Isao Takahata
Hisako Okata: Horusu

Little Norse Prince (1968)

Horusu is told by his dying father that he is the last survivor of a village destroyed by a demon and he is urged to go and find other humans and try and unite them to fight against the demon to stop it happening again. Hurusu’s early efforts pay off well but then he finds an orphaned girl, Hiruda, with a beautiful voice and, inexplicably, things start to go badly.


Considered as the first modern anime by some, this is great enough, often enough to offset the occasional story-telling bumps and pacing issues. Though referred to as a conscious effort to break away from Disney and, particularly, Toei’s contemporary childrens animations, it feels highly reminiscent of the first few Disney films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs through to Fantasia as it is clearly a movie with complex characters, good versus evil motifs and something for all audiences. Despite budget cuts and the non-animation of the village attacks by the wolves and the rats, the animation is frequently excellent with the character work on Hiruda particularly nuanced.

This movie contains violence and mild non-sexual nudity.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.


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