Tatsu no Ko Tarou

Taro the Dragon Boy

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Japanese: 龍の子太郎
English: Taro the Dragon Boy
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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, FantasyFantasy, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MythologyMythology
Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.771 (scored by 15801,580 users)
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Ranked: #51472
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Popularity: #8811
Members: 4,114
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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
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Sep 23, 2014
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 ...
Dec 29, 2018
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 ...

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