Panda and the Magic Serpent

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


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, HistoricalHistorical, RomanceRomance, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 18 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.131 (scored by 17171,717 users)
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Ranked: #79052
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Popularity: #7247
Members: 4,349
Favorites: 6

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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


In-Between Animation
Mori, Yasuji
Key Animation
Okuyama, Reiko
In-Between Animation
Yamamoto, Zenjirou


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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 a great folktale of ancient China 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 romanticized and provided with some additional characters. A fairy tale about a snake spirit who falls in love with a human.

Story: legendary, nicely romanticized, but deviant from the original (6/10)
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 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
Dec 20, 2016
TrashDax (All reviews)
Fun Fact: This anime is as old as my mother.

This is based on a Chinese fairytale that I have never heard of before, so I have no idea how faithful this adaption is. As a romance, I found it well done. It's easy to root for the main characters to get together in the end. I don't know if these animals were in the original tale, but they do a good job as filler material. Slightly annoying however was the narrator, who kept describing what we see. Do we really need this?

To put this in historical context, this was made one year prior to Disneys read more

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