Shounen Sarutobi Sasuke

The Adventures of Little Samurai

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Sasuke, the Young Sarutobi, Magic Boy
Japanese: 少年猿飛佐助
English: The Adventures of Little Samurai
German: Der Zauberer und die Banditen
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 25, 1959
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Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 22 min.
Rating: PG - Children


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Ranked: #97682
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Popularity: #10987
Members: 1,992
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"Magic Boy" was the first ever Japanese animation to be released theatrically in North America.

Sasuke, a boy vexed by an evil witch, studies magic and uses his powers to defeat her.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Sakuramachi, Hiroko


Yabushita, Taiji
Daikuhara, Akira
Director, Key Animation, Character Design
In-Between Animation
Ootsuka, Yasuo
Key Animation


Opening Theme

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"Sarutobi Sasuke (猿飛佐助)" by Kamitakada Boys' Choir

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Mar 4, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Like most other TOEI doga films of the period, Shounen Sarutobi Sasuke or Magic Boy, has a lot of issues. Its major distinguishing factor is that it was the first Japanese animated feature to be exported and dubbed into the US. But when it comes to quality, the story is a leap backwards. Again.

The animation quality has regressed from the highs of Hakujaden, a feature film produced by the same studio just a year earlier. While the repeated reuse of frames and tepid background art does not reach the blatant low levels of "The Littlest Warrior", it is still far below the standards the studio ...
Dec 29, 2018
Mixed Feelings
So much resemblance to Naruto, I'm starting to think that Kishimoto was inspired to create Naruto from this movie because there are lots of similarities,
Sasuke Sarutobi = Hiruzen'rs grandfather (or was his father?)
The evil witch = Orochimaru
The old guy who taught our hero magic = Jiraya
Sasuke goes to train away from home for 3 years, = The same as naruto did
That pretty much use hand signs to perform magic, = much like ninjutsu
That chubby villain called Kokoro = much like kankuro
and the list goes long

Honestly, I had 0 expectations for this movie, In fact, I was just bored and pressed the 'Random' button on the ...
Mar 23, 2019
Following Hakujaden, this picture also begs the question of why the screenwriters couldn't simply mesh what was clearly meant to appeal to children and the actual storyline. These old movies can feel so divided between the gratuitous cuteness and what supposedly matters. I know the moral lesson, whichever it is, can only be absorbed by sticking to the latter, but that takes a lot of potential quality away. Like with Hakujaden, I'd rather spend one hour watching cute animals doing cute stuff than boring main characters fighting over something I don't care about that happens to be constantly discontinued for the sake of pleasing kids, ...

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