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Jack and the Witch (1967)

Shônen Jakku to Mahô-tsukai (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Fantasy | 19 March 1967 (Japan)
Jack goes for a ride with his animal friends--a bear, a fox and a puppy. He meets a girl who takes them by helicopter to the castle of a witch who turns children into devils.

Director:

Taiji Yabushita
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Nakamura Meiko Nakamura ... Shônen Jack / Akuma no shôjo Kiky (voice)
Chiharu Kuri Chiharu Kuri ... Kiky no otôto Shibari (voice)
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Tetsuko Kuroyanagi ... Nezumi (voice)
Kazuo Kumakura Kazuo Kumakura ... Kokuma (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake Hiroshi Ôtake ... Kitsune (voice)
Yoko Mizugaki Yoko Mizugaki ... Koinu (voice) (as Yôko Mizugaki)
Hisano Yamaoka Hisano Yamaoka ... Majo Grendel (voice)
Makiko Ito Makiko Ito ... Shô akuma (voice) (as Makiko Itô)
Makoto Yuasa Makoto Yuasa ... Shô akuma (voice)
Yoshiko Yamamoto Yoshiko Yamamoto ... Shô akuma (voice) (as Kiyoko Yamamoto)
Kazuko Yoshikawa Kazuko Yoshikawa ... Shô akuma (voice)
Jôji Yanami ... Additional Voices (voice)
Masako Nozawa ... Additional Voices (voice)
Keiko Yamamoto Keiko Yamamoto ... Additional Voices (voice)
Hiroshi Masuoka Hiroshi Masuoka ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Jack goes for a ride with his animal friends--a bear, a fox and a puppy. He meets a girl who takes them by helicopter to the castle of a witch who turns children into devils.

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Genres:

Animation | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film is an updated adaptation of the poem "Beowulf", not of "Jack and the Beanstalk" (nor "Jack the Giant Killer". The common mistake likely derives from confusion with the contemporaneous anime feature Jack and the Beanstalk (1974). See more »

Quotes

Harpies: [English version] Into the machine! Into the machine!
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Alternate Versions

The American version cuts off the opening credit sequence. See more »

Connections

Version of Giantland (1933) See more »

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A Childhood fantasy
5 March 2005 | by SargonarhesSee all my reviews

The English title is known as Jack and the Witch.

I remember seeing this many years ago as a child, so my recollection of it is not up to date. What I do remember was a very captivating story. The basic story is a young Witch lures a boy into a trap so that an older witch may turn him into a harpy, to add to her number of children and animals turned into harpies. Jack escapes this and a few other close calls and ends up rescuing the young witch who was sent to the ice caves for her failures. Together they go to defeat the Witch.

The animation is very dated, considering it was made in 1967 this is understandable. Back then Japanese animation wasn't quite the fare we know it as today but I imagine this was quality work at the time. It was enough to keep me watching it to the end. It is available on DVD only in Japan. And a while ago there was talk of an English release in the USA but it fell through. So finding it today is next to impossible, although you might be able to dig up a bootleg if you know where to look.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 March 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

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Toei Animation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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