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Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Genres: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2004     1hr 35min

Once Upon a Time (1987) began as Kunihiko Yuyama's ecologically themed tragedy Windaria (1986). Carl Macek and a crew at Harmony Gold recut and rewrote the film, to the chagrin of anime purists. The story focuses on happil...  more »


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Genres: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/16/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A. Runnels | St Paul, MN United States | 03/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you were to merely read the back of the box, it does not tell you that it is Windaria. It rather vaguely mentions something about an adaptation and the pictures on the box do not look like the old school anime that one may expect. I saw Windaria and this and quite frankly I saw little to no differences. If you have already seen Windaria, don't waste your time with this, however if you have never seen it, I recommend that you do. Despite the cutsie animation, it's quite violent and expresses a powerful message. I would not put it up there with some of the most memorable animes but worth a view."
Lee | Malaysia | 03/04/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Loves the story very much but has been edited and dubbed were heavily destroyed the original story line. The voice actors for english dialoque sounds ok. I just hope there'll be a company that can re-release in uncut version with original language including subtitles."
A fair fable
wiredweird | Earth, or somewhere nearby | 05/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This charming story can be enjoyed in many ways. The first is simply as an exciting story, with star-crossed lovers, scheming rulers, and vast wars. Animation and artwork are quite good - it's twenty years old, as of this writing, but has lost nothing with age. At the next level it's a Romeo and Juliet story, but with startling differences in its denouement. Behind all that lies a thoughtful ecofable, all the more realistic as we put increasing demands on our water supplies.

It's not a must-have for the anime fan, but very appealing anyway. You'll see some bloodless violence and romance that keeps its clothes on, but no truly disturbing themes. Enjoy!