Grimm Douwa: Kin no Tori (1987)


For my next post, I decided to give my opinion on a not pretty much known anime movie from the 80’s. Talking about “Grimm Douwa: Kin no Tori”, animated and produced by Madhouse in collaboration with Toei Animation, directed by Toshio Hirata and released theatrically on 14th March 1987 (the date of its theatrical release. The movie had been completed in 1984, but it had been not released until then for unknown reasons)

General plot: Based on Brothers Grimm‘s tale n.57, “The golden bird” ), the first few scenes of the adaptation (the opening + the first scene after the opening credits) envolve the wicked witch sending out a golden bird in order to steal the golden apples from the king of Kaiser Castle

With the ongoing situation, the king sets his three sons (Kreuler (the tallest), Walner (the chubby) and Hans (the youngest) to watch over the tree. Only Hans stays awake that night and succeeds in retrieving a golden feather after seeing the bird and shooting hit with his arrow

The following day, the king (marvelled by the golden feather) sends his three sons to persue the golden bird, marking the begining of a hard quest full of adventures and mishaps along the way

Other vital characters to the story include:

– Lulu, a mysterious talking fox who gives several advices to the three brothers (but most especially to Hans, the only one who takes the task seriously (in fact, the latter only didn’t go for one of his advices throughout the story) and who would form somekind of friendship)

– a Big Bird who takes Hans and Lulu up in the air until some kilometers close to Kanemacchi Castle (as it’s the only place he wouldn’t dare to go). He also has a curious taste for wine and can steadily fly

– the king of the Konemacchi Castle, a tyrant that works with the witch in order to conquer the rest of the existing castles

Princess Lorand, the daughter of the White Rose king who misses her older brother dearly and wants to look for him

My opinion: Despite the fact it had a delay in terms of theatrical releases (which might’ve surely hurt its chances of becoming a profitable sucess), the movie still looks pretty timeless due to its beautifully crafted and imagined art visuals that

Given this was made in the 80’s, it wouldn’t be unusual to have several changes from an original source to a movie (on this one, most of the tale’s dark aspects weren’t included – for example, a attempt of fratricide). However, it’s still a fairly good adaptation with a pretty good sense of humour and adventure. Good musical score as well (by the way, watch out for the curious musical number with the witch and her subordinate bat-like creatures. In a way, it’s quite bizarre…)

The characters are quite ecletic and unique from each other, but I hold a special regard for Hans (such a friendly and brave character with a bit of naivety at times) and Lulu (a really enigmatic and helpful character with a noble heart), the main characters of the movie – kudos to the voices actresses (Katsue Miwa and Toshiko Fujita respectively) for their performances. Also a curious and yet sultry vocal performance from the late Kei Tomiyama as the wicked witch, another grand highlight of the movie. One more mention for the good comic relief moments given by the Big Bird (voiced by Jouji Yanami)

If there’s one tiny biy of criticism I’d make for this movie would be… its duration. But that would be only because it somehow left me with that taste of wanting more and more (let’s just say I wouldn’t want it to end)

Overall, a cute little (and sadly forgotten) masterpiece from the 80’s. I’d surely reccomend this to the fans of animation and japanese anime, but I’d also reccomend this to anyone interested in the Grimm Brothers‘ tales’ legacy

A last treat – an excerpt of the movie (most precisely, a musical number from the movie):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 13 de February de 2018, in Anime. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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