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Hakujaden


Alternative Titles

English: The Great White Snake
Synonyms: The White Snake Enchantress, Panda and the Magic Serpent, Legend of the White Serpent, Legend of the White Snake
Japanese: 白蛇伝

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 22, 1958
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Other
Duration: 1 hr. 18 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

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Ranked: #72472
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Popularity: #6641
Members: 3,041
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Synopsis

As a young boy, Xu-Xian is forced to free his pet, a small snake. Unbeknownst to him, the snake is actually a young snake goddess named Bai-Niang and she is in love with him. Many years later, when they are both adults, the princess is magically transformed into a human and sets out to find her love. But the local wizard believes her to be a vampire, and banishes Xu-Xian from the village in order to save him. Xu-Xian's pet pandas Panda and Mimi set out to save him and bring him, in the process becoming leaders of an animal gang.

(Source: ANN)

Background

Based on the Chinese folktale "Legend of the White Snake". It's the first animated feature film in color. Only two voice actors were used, providing the voices for all the different parts. It is also one of the first three anime films to be released in America and the first anime in any shape or form to be released there.

Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

Rintaro
In-Between Animation
Mori, Yasuji
Key Animation
Yamamoto, Zenjirou
Planning
Konno, Shuuji
In-Between Animation


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More reviewsReviews

Feb 23, 2010
sphoenixee (All reviews)
STORY 8/10:
The story is a classic one, I believe it is based on a folk tale. Love between a human boy and a spirit girl, sadly to be disrupted from mankind's general intolerance of spirits. But ultimately, one where love triumphs supreme.

One can also interpret the story as a criticism of institutions (such as religion and society) and the sweeping, preconceived judgments they pronounce without any actual knowledge of the situation; but ultimately again, while a powerful and often disruptive force, one that is overcome by true love.

The subplot with the animals searching for Hsu Hsien is very funny and cute too! Especially when Panda read more
May 20, 2018
Sesshomaru (All reviews)
白蛇伝 - Hakujaden is based on one of the great folktales of ancient China called "白蛇傳- Bái Shé Zhuàn". The "Legend of the White Snake" is quite old and very popular, with countless versions in folklore, literature and drama. The version chosen for the adaptation in the anime is beautiful romanticized and provided with some additional characters. A fairy tale about a snake spirit who falls in love with a human.

The original version of the legend has literary significance, is considered as one of the four great Chinese folktales and is a lot older than the available written text from the Ming Dynasty. It was read more
Mar 9, 2017
Niveen_Sleem (All reviews)
If you are looking for a very old anime to watch for, let's say, a challenge or simply because you are curious, this is a very fine specimen. I t works too if you are looking for a movie to watch with a kid. It's a fairytale with an oriental setting instead of a European one.

First of all, I'd like to say don't panic. The movie starts with a song in shadow theatre style. It's only the opening of the movie giving the background of the story then comes the lovable old animation style. The read more
Mar 16, 2019
Assthete (All reviews)
For some reason when adapting the Legend of the White Snake into an animated movie, producers thought it was a good idea to have utterly boring protagonists. Perhaps attempting to remain faithful to the original, perhaps out of incompetence. Either way, it's a big problem since a lot of screen time is dedicated to them while offering nothing past two winsome bland and wooden stock characters in pursue of whatever it is they're after. I'm not saying there can't be people like that, just that there is no real reason to do that in a movie whose intention is first and foremost to provide an read more

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