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THE LITTLE NORSE PRINCE (1968)

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THE LITTLE NORSE PRINCE (1968)

Thursday, 06 June 2013 16:38

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 The Buzz:

The first animated feature directed by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), with an animation crew including the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (pretty much every other anime film you’ve ever heard of), The Little Norse Prince is a magical adventure set in Iron Age Scandinavia, which includes many familiar fantasy tropes but tells a story all its own, realized in subdued but pleasant ‘60s animation. Though it’s less detailed, gritty, and intense than more recent Japanese animation, there’s still plenty of charm and artistry on display that make it worth checking out.

 

 Life of the Party (Positives):

The basic plotline is fairly simple: a young Viking named Hols (or Horus, depending on the translation) is beseeched by his dying father and a talking rock to defeat an evil wizard and save a village from destruction. The overall execution is certainly a bit Disney-fied, complete with helpful animal friends, a surprising number of shmaltzy songs, and minimal overt violence and gore. Instead, the story deals with themes of loyalty and betrayal and puts the emotions of the characters at the forefront, though Hols does still get to fight with his wifty hatchet-on-a-string on several occasions.

One of the artistic highlights of the movie actually takes place earlier on, when Hols battles a gigantic perch. The animation for the monster fish is startlingly realistic, compared to the more cartoony designs of most of the human characters, and the greater realism for this monster lends the fight more drama than most of the other action scenes. I can’t say for sure, but I’d bet Miyazaki had a large role in this scene, as the creature is reminiscent of the ultra-detailed designs in his later films like Spirited Away and Nausicaa.

Look exciting? I hope so, because still frames are all you’re getting during this scene…

 

Potential Hangovers (Negatives):

One reason the perch scene is so impressive is that the visual quality does vary pretty widely throughout the movie. As a counterpoint to that scene, one of the biggest battles in the movie is shown only in still frames – presumably because they didn’t have the time or budget to animate hundreds of wolves invading a town, which is a shame. There are also a few instances of obvious animation looping, also a cost-saving trick, and some sequences where the backgrounds are basically just colored patterns. Sometimes, this is used for trippy artistic effect, but in terms of achievement in animation, this movie doesn’t usually exceed that Disney version of Robin Hood with all the furries in it. Most of the character designs are also quite simple and muted – it seems strange to deride animated characters for looking “too cartoony,” but a little more crispness and realism would have elevated the tone of the film from “children’s VHS” to true “epic fantasy.”

Is that rock giant doing the Terminator 2 thumbs-up as he sinks into the ground? Bad-ass!

 

The Vibe - Family Viewing, Lazy Afternoon

Despite some inconsistencies in execution, The Little Norse Prince is a classic adventure for children with a story nuanced and dramatic enough to not bore adults, making for perfect family-friendly viewing. More relevant to this site, the animation style is charming for anybody with nostalgic love for the “Speed Racer” era of Japanese cartoons, and showcases the early work of Takahata and Miyazaki – interesting for any modern anime aficionado. Kindof like The Adventures of Mark Twain, much of the value in this movie comes from appreciating the nature of the animation itself.

Drinking Game Ideas

~Drink every time they say “Hols” or somebody mentions “Silver Wolves”

~Whenever a shot of animation is repeatedly looped, chug for the duration of the loop

~Take a shot for each musical number (because you’ll probably need them)

 

 

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