Ranked #1388

Little Nemo

Alternative Titles

English: Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
Japanese: リトル・ニモ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 1989
Producers: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Licensors: Discotek
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Picture book
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 34 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Ranked: #13882
Popularity: #3742
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Based on the classic Nemo comic strips by Winsor McCay. A pioneer of animation, McCay created the first Little Nemo animated movie in 1911.

Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata were attached to this project at first, but left due to "creative differences." Ray Bradbury is also thought to have left the project in its earlier stages.

Little Nemo - Adventures in Slumberland is the first Japanese anime to receive a national (wide) U.S. theatrical release.

(Source: ANN)


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Jan 28, 2015

Time to look at a genre that I have completely neglected in my previous reviews. The world of anime children's movies! What better place to start then with Little Nemo, the first anime movie ever to see widespread theatrical release in the United States? This was 1992, so I was only 4 when this came out in theaters and it...was an experience. I remember that much from my first viewing, but I didn't re-watch this film until recently.


Although released stateside in 1992, Little Nemo was actually made in 1989. I mention this because it was an odd period for kids movies. This was the 1980s, read more
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Dec 11, 2008
Flowy artwork and enjoyable storyline along with amazing characters make this movie worth watching. I watched it when I was a toddler and grew up loving it. Nemo is a boy plagued by nightmares and when the circus comes to town, he's taken off to Slumberland. There he meets the princess, King Morpheus, and many more friends that bring this adventure to a wonderful climax. If you liked Spirited away, you'll love Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. It's based off of a 50's comic strip by the same name. Very underappreciated and underexposed, but well worth watching.
I found this review Helpful
May 2, 2009
Magical and exciting, this classic will keep you entertained.

After watching this movie once when I was little I immediately found myself hooked! I still watch it 10 years later! It's just so full of adventure, comedy, and sad moments. The plot, characters, scenery, && music are illustrated && played out very well. It's probably the most unique && original work of art you will ever come across next to Miyuzaki's 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle'. I would recommened this to just about anyone who shares a love for imagination. This is deffinately worthy of the title 'classic'.

I found this review Helpful
Jan 10, 2015
I actually seen this baby nearly 20 years ago when I was a kid. But due to how little I could recall of Little Nemo, I never got around to writing a proper review for it until I got a copy of the film just recently to cover.

A little known fact about this film to many folks is that Little Nemo was made as an attempted collaboration between American and Japanese animation studios planned during the early 1980s. However, differences in the creative direction of the film led to enough disputes between both sides that it took years before the film finally got a theatrical read more
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Anime: Neko no Ongaeshi
Both involve the main character being whisked away into another world where they meet other people. Both include kings that rule the land they're taken to, royal advisers, and mischievous characters of some-sort (and crows lol). Both have the main character face some difficult situation that they resolve with the help of friends. 
reportRecommended by shadow-ookami
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both are about boys who are taken to another world. One based on dreams and the other based on cats. The plots play out a bit differently but they felt extremely similar to me. 
reportRecommended by Kathisofy
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A lot of the staff overlaps, and it's another good, if dark, children's movie. 
reportRecommended by Scallion
Anime: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
I heard that Spirited Away was inspired from Little Nemo. Also the main characters and stories have slight similarities (except that Nemo being a boy and Chihiro being a girl) and are both very enjoyable. 
reportRecommended by dvlsweet666
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movies about creative boys, and has that feel of an old dream through elements like flight, trains, magic, science.  
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