Ranked #5218
Hakujaden

Hakujaden

Alternative Titles

English: The Great White Snake
Synonyms: The White Snake Enchantress, Panda and the Magic Serpent, Legend of the White Serpent, Legend of the White Snake
Japanese: 白蛇伝

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 22, 1958
Producers: Toei Animation
Duration: 1 hr. 18 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 6.391 (scored by 460 users)
Ranked: #52182
Popularity: #5686
Members: 1,074
Favorites: 2
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Synopsis

As a young boy, Xu-Xian is forced to free his pet, a small snake. Unbeknownst to him, the snake is actually a young snake goddess named Bai-Niang and she is in love with him. Many years later, when they are both adults, the princess is magically transformed into a human and sets out to find her love. But the local wizard believes her to be a vampire, and banishes Xu-Xian from the village in order to save him. Xu-Xian's pet pandas Panda and Mimi set out to save him and bring him, in the process becoming leaders of an animal gang.

(Source: ANN)

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Staff

Rintaro
Rintaro
In-Between Animation
Yamamoto, Sanae
Yamamoto, Sanae
Planning
Kusube, Daikichirou
Kusube, Daikichirou
In-Between Animation
Okuyama, Reiko
Okuyama, Reiko
In-Between Animation

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ThatAnimeSnob
Jun 25, 2011 3:02 PM
ANIME MOVIE DEPOT SERIES
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

This series of reviews will focus on anime movies which affected the industry with their experimentation and new approach at storytelling. Meaning, they weren’t politically correct like Walt Disney works.

Historically-wise, Panda and the Magic Serpent is the first color Japanese animated film and despite the turmoil of the era it was made in, it actually stood firm in its classical take on a children’s story. They style of animation is still pre-Osamu, so the characters indeed look Asian and not big round eyed Europeans as they will read more
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sphoenixee
Feb 23, 2010 7:20 PM
STORY 8/10:
The story is a classic one, I believe it is based on a folk tale. Love between a human boy and a spirit girl, sadly to be disrupted from mankind's general intolerance of spirits. But ultimately, one where love triumphs supreme.

One can also interpret the story as a criticism of institutions (such as religion and society) and the sweeping, preconceived judgments they pronounce without any actual knowledge of the situation; but ultimately again, while a powerful and often disruptive force, one that is overcome by true love.

The subplot with the animals searching for Hsu Hsien is very funny and cute too! Especially when Panda read more
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