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|Marco Polo - Return to Xanadu|
Actors: Paul Ainsley, Alan Altshuld, Elea Breitling, Nicholas Gonzalez, John C. Hyke
Director: Ron Merk
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Animation
Young Marco, whose ancestor was the famous explorer Marco Polo, takes an exciting journey to the mythical kingdom of Xanadu. Brave and resourceful, Young Marco overcomes many dangers put in his way by the evil magician, Fo... more »
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Campbell J. Ford | Moss Vale, NSW, Australia | 08/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film was originally made in 1972 by Eric Porter Productions in Australia, as that country's first animated feature film. It was a 50-50 co-production deal between Porter and American artist and script-writer Sheldon Moldoff.
As one of the unit directors on the film, I thoroughly enjoyed working on it and, for its budget of maybe one-eighth of a contemporary Disney animated feature, I felt that it stood up pretty well.
But I always thought that it would benefit from a bit of tightening up, and so was interested when Ron Merk contacted me a few years ago with the news that he and Moldoff were going to rework the film.
In general, I think they have done a good job, although the climactic battle between Marco and the evil villain is not as good as I was hoping it would be. Nevertheless, I give it four stars - so go ahead and buy it, it's good fun!