Alakazam the Great

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Synonyms: Saiyuki, Journey to the West, The Magic Land of Alakazam
Japanese: 西遊記
English: Alakazam the Great
German: Alakazam: König der Tiere
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 14, 1960
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Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Novel
Genre: AdventureAdventure
Theme: MythologyMythology
Duration: 1 hr. 28 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.221 (scored by 13541,354 users)
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Ranked: #82372
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Popularity: #9442
Members: 3,438
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Upon a mountain, a monkey is born from stone—nameless, parentless, and friendless. That is, until one day, he encounters a young female monkey named RinRin, who offers to be his friend. Through RinRin's encouragement, he becomes king after a test of bravery; however, his personality sours. When RinRin tells him that humans are the most intelligent creatures on Earth, the monkey vows to become smarter than them. He leaves RinRin behind and trains with a mountain hermit who gives him the name Son-Goku.

Following Goku's imprisonment for using his newfound powers to steal a celestial fruit from heaven, he is rescued by a monk. In exchange, he is asked to accompany the monk on a journey to India. This journey will prove to be yet another challenge for the monkey to overcome.

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Jun 20, 2010
Saiyuki fans the world over, if you have not watched this than there is something missing from your fan obligations that need be filled in immediately. This beautifully animated film from 1960 depicts the famous “Journey to the West” in a classic style that has set the foundation for generations to come. The legendary Story of Son Goku: The Monkey King in his epic adventure “Journey to the West” has been retold many times over since its publication 1590 and since then has generated much popularity. Everything from Dragon Ball to Forbidden Kingdom has draw inspiration from this amazing story. The Monkey King/ Alakazam ...
Mar 1, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I'm finding it really difficult to grade these early feature length animations - partly because most of the artists were still exploring the boundaries of what works and balancing a nascently developed industry's profitability - both when it came to the animation and the manga works they were bring primarily adapted from. A common problem that a lot of the animated films of this era seem to have is poor storyboarding and even poorer narrative coherence.

While Hakujaden struggles to keep going and is just filled with padding, Sayuuki has the opposite problem. It attempts to cover material way more ambitious in scope and scale than ...
Mar 24, 2016
Let me begin my review by stating that I did not see this movie as a kid, and therefore have zero nostalgia goggles to work with. Saiyuuki, for lack of a better term, is not a very spectacular movie. The music is, for the most part, forgettable, and doesn't always work. The musical numbers are unneeded. The visuals are passable, but nothing special. The voice work is okay: again, nothing special.

One of this movie's huge problems is getting me to care. I didn't care about the journey. I didn't care about the characters. In fact, I HATED most of the characters. The female love interest ...

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