Taiyo no oji: Horusu no daiboken (Little Norse Prince)(The Great Adventure of Horus) (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

Taiyo no oji: Horusu no daiboken (Little Norse Prince)(The Great Adventure of Horus) (1968)

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The directorial debut of Isao Takahata, Prince of the Sun centers on Horus, who enjoys a series of breathtaking adventures. ~ Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Taiyo no oji: Horusu no daiboken (Little Norse Prince)(The Great Adventure of Horus)

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A truly great landmark in grown-up animation.

Full Review… | January 2, 2016
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Audience Reviews for Taiyo no oji: Horusu no daiboken (Little Norse Prince)(The Great Adventure of Horus)

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A vintage classic of Japanese animation, HORUS PRINCE OF THE SUN (released in America on TV as "Little Norse Prince Valiant" for some reason) was the directorial debut of Isao Takahata, the man who would go on to create classics such as GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS, and his recent swan song THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA. At the time of its release (1968), this was the most expensive animated film from Japan -- and it took longer to create than the average feature at the time, and unfortunately for Takahata it would be his only film as a director for his company, Toei Studios. The box office failure of this film caused Takahata to be demoted -- a rather undeserving fate for such a daring, dramatic tale. Also noteworthy is that it was the first time that another auteur, a then young Hayao Miyazaki would make his first collaboration with Takahata that would later lead to a successful partnership. Because this is a much older film, the artwork may seem a bit primitive to today's films. That said, HORUS still looks quite lavish and richly detailed for a film dating from such an era. The animation is quite fluid for the most part, save for the occasional bits of still frame panning (the only minor false note of the film). But what earns this film my highest rating is its complex, dark plot and rich characters -- a trademark of later films these two artists would display. Indeed, this tale of a Scandinavian boy who draws a powerful sword from a stone giant and matches wits against an evil ice warlord has a surprisingly unpredictable and mature edge. Action-packed, occasionally violent, but always engrossing, this is a movie that I highly recommend not only to ardent fans of Miyazaki and Takahata, but to anyone interested in "epic" folktales.

Jon Turner
Jon Turner

Althouh there is too much singing and some parts do drag and slow the story a bit, Hols: Prince of the Sun is nevertheless a stupendous film with a terrific opening that instantly gets you interested in the film, well-written plot, complex characters, great animation for its time, some very interesting and artistic sequences and with a lot of heart at its core. It is a wonderful grandfather to feature-length anime films, it is unfortunately a forgotten film and that is a real shame because it truly is one of the very first excellent anime productions that is certainly worth checking out.

David Lazovic
David Lazovic

It held my interest. The animation isn't the greatest, but the story is pretty cool. The characters are well though out and complex. If I were younger I would have enjoyed it more.

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