Taro, the Dragon Boy

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Patterned after Japanese art and silk screens, Taro, The Dragon Boy is an animated feature about Japanese mythology and cultures, focusing on Taro, a young boy who has to make a voyage to a distant lake to save his mother, who has been turned into a dragon.
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Patterned after Japanese art and silk screens, Taro, The Dragon Boy is an animated feature about Japanese mythology and cultures, focusing on Taro, a young boy who has to make a voyage to a distant lake to save his mother, who has been turned into a dragon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • UPC: 875707000390
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Discotek Media
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,587

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Kiriro Urayama Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Taro the Dragon Boy
1. "A Story From Long Ago" [3:22]
2. Credits/Intro [2:24]
3. Sumo Wrestling [4:14]
4. "My Name Is Aya" [3:07]
5. Red Oni [2:12]
6. "What Was My Mother Like?" [4:46]
7. "M Mother aIs Waiting for Me!" [3:16]
8. Black Oni [4:36]
9. Servant of the Thuder God [1:36]
10. "What a Pretty Horse [2:16]
11. Tatsunoko Taro Did It!" [3:59]
12. Farewell [3:21]
13. Time for Work [6:30]
14. "Dragon, You Say?" [5:16]
15. Come On In [2:43]
16. "I'm Almost There, Mother!" [3:47]
17. The Dragon's Lake [6:55]
18. "Mother, Won't You Help Me?" [6:44]
19. "Wake Up!" [3:57]
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Disc #1 -- Taro the Dragon Boy
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      Audio: Japanese
      Audio: English
      Subtitles: English (Full Subtitles)
      Subtitles: English Slates (Limited Subtitles)
      Taro the Dragon Boy Trailer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    kid-friendly animation from Japan

    Although I hold the works of Hiyao Miyazake and his Studio Ghibli in the highest regard, its good to know that there are other sources of kid friendly animation from Japan.
    "Taro" is a heroes journey of self-discovery in the classic sense, and the moral/message is universal. No prior knowledge of Japanese folklore/mythology is required, though some familiarity with the culture and mythos will certainly deepen the story's context.
    The animation style is a bit coarser than what some young viewers may be accustomed to, but that is quickly overshadowed by the quality of the storyline.
    My only disappointment is with the English overdubbing. The language is rather stilted, and the folksongs seem transliterated instead of interpreted, subjecting us to a so-bad it's almost cool experience. Once the little one's have gotten the storyline familiarized, go to Japanese with subtitles as soon as possible. You'll be glad you did, because then the art of this DVD will show itself.
    Prude alert! There is momentary nudity, but in a natural context. Then again anyone ignorant enough to be offended shouldn't be reading reviews.
    All in all, this DVD is well worth the price, will be watched repeatedly by the young ones without killing adult braincells, and is a good respite from the Ghibli ouvre. Highly recommended.

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