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The White Snake Enchantress (白蛇伝, Hakujaden, Legend of the White Snake) is the first color anime feature film and Toei Animation's first theatrical feature film, released in 1958. It was one of the first three anime films to be released in America, under the title Panda and the Magic Serpent, premiering in 1961, the month after Magic Boy. It is also known variously as The Great White Snake and The Tale of the White Serpent. In April 2019, a restored version of the film was selected to be shown in the Cannes Classics section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Synopsis

Xu-Xian, a young boy, once owned a pet snake in West Lake until his parents forced him to give her up. Years pass and during a violent storm, the snake magically transforms into the beautiful princess Bai-Niang. Bai-Niang finds Xu-Xian, but the lovers are separated by a local monk, Fa-Hai, who believes that Bai-Niang is an evil spirit. Xu-Xian's two panda pets, Panda and Mimi, try to find Xu-Xian. In the end, Bai-Niang gives up her magical powers and remains in human form to prove that her love for Xu-Xian is genuine.


Cast[]

Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Xu Xian Hisaya Morishige George Matsui
Bai Niang Mariko Miyagi Lisa Lu
Fahai Hisaya Morishige Mel Welles
Panda Fernando Tejeda
Mimi Mariko Miyagi Virginia Blackman
Xiaoqing Miiko Taka
Catfish King Hisaya Morishige ¿?
Dragon King Bob Neuman
Duck Mariko Miyagi Virginia Blackman
Weasel Sara Meric
Narrator Hisaya Morishige Marvin Miller

Notes[]

  • Despite being in the title, the character of Panda isn't a major character in the film. The reason for the title change was to try and make it more marketable to American audiences.

Video Releases[]

Distributor Year Format Region Country
Digiview Productions 2004 DVD 1
NTSC
United States United States
East West Entertainment 2005
Mr. FAT-W Video 2016

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