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


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Ranked: #84502
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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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Dec 18, 2017
Saiyuuki, aka Journey to the West, is not a great film by modern standards. But it's an important one in the history of anime. It's only the sixth anime feature film ever made and the first one to be released in the US. The substantially reedited American version was titled Alakazam the Great, in a dub featuring notable actors including Jonathan Winters and Dodie Stevens, the voice of Frankie Avalon singing the title part of Alakazam, and Sterling Holloway as the narrator.

Because of its historical significance, it's a must-see for serious students of anime. (Alas, the original Japanese version seems to be unavailable, but the ...
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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