Tatsu no Ko Tarou

Taro the Dragon Boy

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Alternative Titles

English: Taro the Dragon Boy
Japanese: 龍の子太郎


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 17, 1979
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Novel
Genres: AdventureAdventure, HistoricalHistorical, DemonsDemons, SupernaturalSupernatural, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.811 (scored by 12261,226 users)
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Ranked: #43382
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Popularity: #7350
Members: 3,193
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Patterned after Japanese art and silk screens, Taro, The Dragon Boy is an animated feature about Japanese mythology and cultures, focusing on Taro, a young boy who has to make a voyage to a distant lake to save his mother, who has been turned into a dragon.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Kiki, Kirin


Urayama, Kirio
Director, Script
Mitsui, Takashi
Mizuki, Ichirou
Theme Song Performance
Wakabayashi, Ichirou
Theme Song Lyrics


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Sep 23, 2014
deepblue153 (All reviews)
This film was pretty interesting, if a bit odd...
I don't know much at all about Japanese folklore, so I was probably missing something. I thought the art was quite pleasant; it reminded me a bit of "The Last Unicorn." The characters looked alright. I think Aya was cute, and the dragon looked cool. The little horse was adorable! The old woman in the woods was scary, though...

As a person with minimal experience with Japanese folklore, I thought this movie was pretty good. At times, it really freaked me out...And some parts were a little awkward.....I'm glad he found a loincloth.

This is definitely something I will read more
Dec 29, 2018
matthigh (All reviews)
Unexpectedly good. This is an adaptation of Japanese folklore, dating back to the hazy distant past of many hundreds (if not thousands) of years ago - when the people were much closer to nature and interacted with the local supernatural creatures. A small impoverished village ekes out a living in the rocky mountains, so poor that they don't even know what rice is. Taro is a lazy child that would rather play with the animals than help with chores, until he is given the strength of a hundred men by a wandering tengu - with the condition he can only use it read more

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