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Alakazam the Great (西遊記 Saiyu-ki, lit. Journey to the West) is a 1960 Japanese musical anime film, based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West, and was one of the earliest anime films to be released in the United States.

Dubbing History

The film was released in the United States by American International Pictures on July 26, 1961. For the American release, a few scenes were heavily edited and rearranged and bandleader Les Baxter was hired to compose a new soundtrack. Teen idol Frankie Avalon supplied the singing voice of Alakazam (the speaking voice was done by an uncredited Peter Fernandez), and Sterling Holloway provided English-language narration. Other famous voices included Jonathan Winters, Arnold Stang, Dodie Stevens, & E.G. Marshall.

Despite a large marketing budget and heavy promotion, the film was unsuccessful in America. The Los Angeles Times called it "warm, amusing and exciting... the art work is really excellent." It was included as one of the choices in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time, and is the only animated film featured in the book.

Cast

Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Alakazam / Son Goku Kiyoshi Komiyama Peter Fernandez
Frankie Avalon
(singing)
DeeDee the Monkey Noriko Shindō Corinne Orr
Dodie Stevens
(singing)
Sir Quigley Broken Bottom Hideo Kinoshita Jonathan Winters
Max Lulipopo Setsuo Shinoda Arnold Stang
Prince Amat Nobuaki Sekine Larry Robinson
King Amo Kunihisa Takeda Jack Curtis
Queen Amas Katsuko Ozaki Joyce Gordon
Filo Fester Michiko Shirasaka Billie Lou Watt
King Gruesome Kinshiro Iwao Jack Curtis
Queen Gruesome Tamae Kato Joyce Gordon
Herman McSnarles Kiyoshi Kawakubo Bernard Grant
Vermin McSnarles Shuichi Kazamatsuri George Gonneau
Narrator N/A Sterling Holloway

Additional / Unidentified Voices

  • George Gonneau
  • Bernard Grant
  • Jackie Joseph
  • Gilbert Mack
  • E.G. Marshall
  • Ray Owens

Notes

  • Frankie Avalon and Dodie Stevens were credited as having voiced Alakazam and DeeDee, respectively, altogether, likely due to celebrity status. Most of the characters' voices are left uncredited aside from the ones voiced by celebrities.
  • As of March 2019, The DVD release to this film appears to be out of print.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Region Country
HBO Home Video 1986 VHS.jpg NTSC United States United States
Orion Pictures 1995
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Movies Unlimited 2015 DVD.jpg 1
NTSC

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