Alakazam the Great (1961)

Genres - Comedy, Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Anime, Family-Oriented Adventure  |   Release Date - Aug 14, 1960 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Originally released in Japan as Saiyu-ki, this animated feature film was purchased by American-International Productions, then retitled, re-edited and redubbed for American consumption. Alakazam is a timid little monkey, who has greatness thrust upon him when he is chosen to rule over all the animals on earth. Unfortunately, once Alakazam attains the crown, he also develops a swelled head. On the orders of King Amo, ruler of an island where all retired magicians reside, Alakazam is imprisoned and taught a lesson or two. The American version of Alakazam the Great was sold to theatres on the strength of its voice talent: Frankie Avalon (as Alakzam), Jonathan Winters, Dodie Stevens, Arnold Stang and Sterling Holloway. Among its Japanese writer/directors was Osamu Tesuka, the man responsible for Astro Boy and Kimba, the White Lion.



monkey, ruler, humility, magician [performer], morals