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Alakazam the Great
Directed by Taiji Yabushita
Daisaku Shirakawa
Produced by Hiroshi Okawa
Written by Keinosuke Uekusa
Narrated by Sterling Holloway
Starring Kiyoshi Komiyama
Noriko Shindō
Hideo Kinoshita
Setsuo Shinoda
Music by Ryoichi Hattori
Cinematography Harusato Otsuka
Komei Ishikawa
Kenji Sugiyama
Editing by Shintaro Miyamoto
Kanjiro Igusa
Studio Toei Animation
Distributed by Toei Company
Release date(s) August 14, 1960 (1960-08-14) (Japan)
Running time 88 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Alakazam the Great (西遊記 , Saiyūki, lit. "Journey to the West") is a 1960 Japanese musical anime film, based on the 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West, and was one of the earliest anime films to be released in the United States. Osamu Tezuka was named as a director of the film by Toei Company. However, Tezuka later stated that the only time he was in the studio was to pose for publicity photos. His involvement in promoting the film, however, led to his interest in animation.

Plot

Alakazam is a young and brave monkey (a macaque) who has been encouraged by all the other monkeys to become their king. After attaining the throne, he becomes rude and dictatorial, and does not believe that human beings are greater than he is. Then he deceives/forces Merlin the magician to teach him magic (reluctantly on Merlin's part, who warns Alakazam that the powers he acquires now will bring him much unhappiness later).

Alakazam becomes so arrogant that he abuses his magic powers, and chooses to go up to Majutsu Land (the Heavens), to challenge King Amo. He is defeated by King Amo. For his punishment, he is sentenced to serve as the bodyguard of Prince Amat on a pilgrimage; in order to learn humility. Ultimately, he learns his lesson and becomes a true hero.

Characters

Japanese name Japanese voice actor English name English voice actor
Sun Wukong Kiyoshi Komiyama Alakazam Peter Fernandez (speaking)
Frankie Avalon (singing)
Lin-Lin Noriko Shindō DeeDee Dodie Stevens
Zhu Bajie Hideo Kinoshita Sir Quigley Broken Bottom Jonathan Winters
Sha Wujing Setsuo Shinoda Max Lulipopo Arnold Stang
Tang Sanzang Nobuaki Sekine Prince Amat
Shakyamuni Kunihisa Takeda King Amo
Guanyin Katsuko Ozaki Queen Amas
Shōryū Michiko Shirasaka Filo Fester
Bull Demon King Kinshiro Iwao King Gruesome
Princess Iron Fan Tamae Kato Queen Gruesome
Golden Horned King Kiyoshi Kawakubo Herman McSnarles
Silver Horned King Shuichi Kazamatsuri Vermin McSnarles
Subhuti Merlin
Taibai Jinxing
Erlang Shen Hercules
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