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Encyclopedia > The Tale of the White Serpent
The Tale of the White Serpent
白蛇伝
(Hakujaden)
Genre Fantasy
Movie
Directed by Taiji Yabushita
Studio Toei Doga
Released Japan: October 22, 1958
US: March 15, 1961
Runtime 78 mins

The Tale of the White Serpent (Japanese: 白蛇伝) was the first colored Japanese anime aired in 1958. It was also the first known Japanese anime shown on American soil under the name "Panda and the Magic Serpent". It is also referred to as "Legend of the White Snake", "The Great White Snake", "The White Snake Enchantress". Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Toei Animation Co. ... October 22 is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 70 days remaining. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Anime ) (IPA pronunciation: in Japanese, but typically or in English) is an abbreviation of the word animation. Outside Japan, the term most popularly refers to animation originating in Japan. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Background

The film is essentially an adapted version of China's Song dynasty folklore (白蛇傳) Madame White Snake[1]. The writer Shin Uehara made the adaptation, and kept the oriental styled characters and names. The decision of a Chinese story being used as the concept blueprint came from Toei president Hiroshi Ôkawa, who wanted to strike a tone of reconciliation with the Asian neighbors[2]. Given the point in time, this film pushed Japanese animation technology to the limit, making this a large scale major project involving a total of 13,590 staff during the 2 year production period. [3] And while the film received honors at the Venice Children's Film Festival in Italy in 1959, it was regarded as a disappointment when released to the US in March 15, 1961 by Global Pictures. The US version made changes such as interpreting the small red panda, Mimi, as a cat[4]. In addition all traces of the Japanese production teams were removed from the US version. Time wise, Tale of the White Serpent was Toei Doga's first attempt at becoming the Disney of the east. The Song Dynasty (Chinese: ) was a ruling dynasty in China from 960-1279. ... Chinese Mythology is a collection of cultural history, folktales, and religions that have been passed down in oral or written form. ... Picture on long veranda in the Summer Palace,Beijing,China, depicting the legend Madame White Snake (白蛇傳) (or Lady White Snake) is a Chinese legend, which existed as oral traditions before any written compilation. ... Toei Animation Co. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ...


Story

Xu-Xian, a young boy, once owned a pet snake in West Lake. His parents force him to put the pet back in the fields. Years would pass and the snake magically transformed to a beautiful princess Bai-Niang. She would search for her long lost love until local monk Fa-Hai discovered the ordeal thinking Bai-Niang was a vampire. He would banish Xu-Xian from the village, while Xu-Xian's two Panda pets, Panda and Mimi try to bring him back. In the end, Bia-Niang gave up her magical powers and remained in human form to prove that their love was genuine. The West Lake West Lake (Chinese: ; pinyin: Xī Hú) is a famous fresh water lake located in central Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province of eastern China. ...


Staff

Director: Taiji Yabushita, Kazuhiko Okabe


Producer: Hiroshi Ôkawa


Script: Taiji Yabushita


Screenwriter: Shin Uehara


Music: Chûji Kishita, Hajime Kabura, Masayoshi Ikeda


Art director: Kazuhiko Okabe, Kiyoshi Hashimoto Voices: Hisaya Morishige, Mariko Miyagi


Key Animation: Akira Daikubara, Yasuji Mori Yasuji Mori (森康二 Mori Yasuji, 1925-1992) was an animator who worked with Toei Animation, while it was still known as Toei Doga. ...


Animators: Akemi ôta, Akira Sekiai, Chieko Ichihori, Chikao Tera, Daikichirou Kusube, Fumiko Motofuji, Gisaburô Sugii, Gun'yuki Torimaru, Haruko Kasai, Junko Ichimura, Katsuya Oda, Kazuko Nakamura, Kazuo Nozawa, Keiko Ishino, Kenzô Takao, Machiko Dazai, Makoto Nagasawa, Masako Sekiguchi, Masao Yamamuro, Masatake Kita, Michihiko Yoshida, Motoaki Ishii, Nobuyuki Fukushima, Norio Fujita, Reiko Okuyama, Shinpachirô Takamatsu, Shôji Etô, Shûji Konno, Sumiko Naganuma, Susumu Akasaka, Takeshi Fujii, Taku Sugiyama, Tamae Matsuguma, Tatsuo Shimamura, Tetsuta Ikuya, Toyohei Horigawa, Toyohei Horikawa, Yasuo Otsuka, Yasusaburô Watanabe, Yôko Katô, Yoshio Aiso, Yukiko Nakatani, Yurio Sakurai, Yûsaku Sakamoto Gisaburō Sugii ) is an anime director and Nihonga artist born August 20, 1940 in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. ... Yasuo Otsuka (大塚康生 ÅŒtsuka Yasuo, 1931 - ) was an animator who worked with Toei Animation. ...


Backgrounds: Kazuo Kusano, Koichi Maeba


Cinematography: Takamitsu Tsukahara


Editing: Shinataro Miyamoto


In-Between Animation: Rintaro Rintaro is the pseudonym of Hayashi Shigeyuki (January 22, 1941 - ), a director of anime. ...


Music Composition: Chuji Kinoshita


Photography: Mitsuaki Ishikawa


Planning: Hideyuki Takahashi, Sanae Yamamoto


Recording: Takeshi Mori Lt. ...


See also

  • History of Anime

Atom, star of the long-running science fiction series Mighty Atom (also known as Astro Boy to Western audiences). ...

References

  1. ^ "Chinese Mythology." Bilingual Book Explanation of Legend of the White Snake. Retrieved on 2006-12-08.
  2. ^ "Anipages Daily." Anipages Daily. Retrieved on 2006-12-08.
  3. ^ "Masterpiece of last 50 years." Japanese Animated Film Festival. Retrieved on 2006-12-08.
  4. ^ Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5

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External Links

  • Anime News Network

 
 

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