Panda and the Magic Serpent

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Synonyms: The White Snake Enchantress, The Great White Snake, Legend of the White Serpent, Legend of the White Snake
Japanese: 白蛇伝
English: Panda and the Magic Serpent
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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
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 19 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Ranked: #90302
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Popularity: #7959
Members: 6,089
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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)


Based on the Chinese folktale "Legend of the White Snake". It's the first anime 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


Morishige, Hisaya

Xiao, Qing

Miyagi, Mariko


Yabushita, Taiji
Episode Director, Script
In-Between Animation
Ootsuka, Yasuo
In-Between Animation, 2nd Key Animation
Mori, Yasuji
Key Animation


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Feb 23, 2010
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 ...
Feb 4, 2023
Mixed Feelings
白蛇伝 - Hakujaden is based on a great Chinese folk tale called "白蛇傳- Bái Shé Zhuàn". The "Legend of the White Snake" is quite old, but also very popular, with countless versions in folklore, literature and drama. The version chosen for the anime adaptation is beautifully romanticised, with some additional characters. A fairy tale about a snake spirit who falls in love with a human.

Story: Legendary, beautifully romanticised, but deviating from the original (6/10)
The original version of the legend is of literary significance, is considered to be one of the four great Chinese folk tales, and is much older than the existing written texts from ...
Mar 16, 2019
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 ...

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