Unico: MahÃ´ no shima e (Unico: In the Magic Island) (1983)
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I think I probably didn't love this one quite as much as the fantastic adventures, but it was still pretty amazing.
This stuff right here is just plain WEIRD. This is out there even for an early 80's anime kids film.
Trippy as hell and twice as confusing. Small wonder this gave me nightmares at 7 years old; the "living puppets" march alone is nightmare fuel at its finest. More worthy discussion might center around why the protagonist of this sequel is so whiny and unappealing, or why Sanrio chose to build a film out of a handful of really beautiful animation set pieces (at least one of which has no bearing on the plot at all) that only take up 5% of the actual running time. The 95% of the movie that remains is cheap, flat, TV-quality cartoon work, impressive only to the 7-year-olds like me who were so terrified by the good (if utterly surreal) material that the distinct lack of characters, plot and appeal barely even registered.
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