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Taro - Der Drachenboy (1979) Online

Taro - Der Drachenboy (1979) Online
Original Title :
Tatsu no ko Tarô
Genre :
Movie / Adventure / Family / Fantasy / Animation
Year :
Directror :
Kirio Urayama,Peter Fernandez
Cast :
Kazuo Kitamura,Sayuri Yoshinaga,Jun'ya Katô
Writer :
Miyoko Matsutani,Takashi Mitsui
Type :
Time :
1h 15min
Rating :
Taro - Der Drachenboy (1979) Online

A young boy has to make a voyage to a distant lake to save his mother, who has been turned into a dragon.
Credited cast:
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura - Niwatori-chouja (voice)
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga - Tatsuya (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun'ya Katô Jun'ya Katô - Taro (voice)
Kirin Kiki Kirin Kiki - Yamanba (voice)
Kazuo Kumakura Kazuo Kumakura - Red Oni (voice)
Mîna Tominaga Mîna Tominaga - Aya (voice)

User reviews



This is a beautiful rendition of what I assume is an old Japanese legend. The animation is simple yet satisfying because the illustration is so beautiful and compelling.

The film presents the story of Taro, a young boy with great strength who leaves his village and friends to find his mother. During the course of his journey he learns much of the world. He frees himself of those who wish to use him and welcomes those who help. There is much delightful magic and powerful mythological truth in this film.

I have an English language version (Turner Program Services) with exceptionally well done music and voices. My children have viewed this over and over again, and unlike Disney films, the adults have not tired of it. The music, language and story are both charming and profound.


When you are 3 years old and something touches you so deep, just like this anime did to me, you NEVER EVER forget it. You might forget the name of the characters, or the exact plot but it never goes, all the pictures stay inside (especially when these pictures are that impressing). That happened to me with this movie. I was so moved when I discovered it again!

All these colors, the way the characters were drawn, the plot of course, EVERYTHING about this anime is perfect! And of course it is not only for kids or anime fans, this is a movie everyone must see. It is a movie about hope, and love and what someone can do for the person he loves the most and how many barriers he can overcome -wether he is as strong as Taro, or not. ;P

This is a movie that will wake the child inside you but this doesn't mean it is childish. On the contrary, it is a very mature movie and a masterpiece indeed!!!!


Although this film was released on home video in the U.S. in 1984 as "Taro the Dragon Boy" (five years after it appeared in Japanese theaters), not many people seem to remember it, which is a shame, as it is one of the best anime films I've ever seen. I rented the English-dubbed version, helmed by the legendary Peter Fernandez (also worked on the English dubs of "Speed Racer" and "Superbook"), on video from my video store on several occasions as a child, and was awestruck. Taro is a remarkable young man - he possesses immense strength and an enormous appetite, but he also has a heart of gold, and the object of his quest is to find his mother who was changed into a dragon many years ago. (One scene which made a big impression on me is the scene in which Taro and the villagers are feasting after Taro defeated a demon who was threatening the village, and Taro can't enjoy the celebration because he keeps thinking of the folks back in his home village who have nothing to eat. That shows what a pure, good heart he has.) This film holds up very well even to this day. The animation is remarkably fluid given that the film is now over a quarter-century old, and the music is also very well-done. There are even vocal songs, which were dubbed into English for the U.S. release, and they're also pretty good, even in English. The dubbed voices are also quite good, as I recall. The ending will absolutely have you in tears. If you can find a used copy of this film on VHS, by all means pick it up. It's a real classic. (Incidentally, despite the Japanese title, "Tatsu no ko Taro," this animation was NOT produced by Tatsunoko Production, but by Toei Animation, which later became internationally famous for "Dragonball," "Sailor Moon," and "One Piece.")


I love this film! When I was little (4 or 5) I used to watch it over and over again...I think I eventually wore out the tape. It has everything to keep kids mesmerized: demons, spirits, dragons and a superstrong child protagonist. I would love to get my hands on another copy...
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Taro the Dragon Boy is an animated movie taken place in ancient times. Back when Zen art was one of the few art hobbies in Japan and rice was like gold to the people.

In a small village, lived Taro a lazy boy who doesn't do work or help his own grandmother. He likes to eat and wrestle with the animals in the woods. One day he wrestles with the long nose wizard who granted him the strength of a hundred men. Which made Taro thrilled, but he was told to only use it to help others in need. Taro accepted that, and now becomes a better help to others around him.

One day Taro wondered about the scales on the side of his body. His grandmother tells him that he's not like the other boys because,Taro was born half dragon. His mother was cursed as a dragon when giving birth she had to live North because of her image of a dragon.

Taro now knows what he must do is go on a quest to find his mother. And he will help others in need and make new friends on the way too.

Taro the Dragon Boy is something different for an old school anime. It's very well animated and has a great use of Zen like backgrounds. Even though the original trailer said it's based off of a kids story. There are plenty of inappropriate parts in the movie. Including small amounts of violence and brief nudity of a boy's pelvis and a woman's breasts.

Just to know, the rating system in Japan is different from here. Cause a film like this would receive PG-13 in America. Since I recommend this film for teens or those who are mature enough to see brief nudity in a movie. I suggest watching it yourself and see if it's OK to let a kid watch it.

Other than that I highly recommend it to all time anime lovers.


This is an excellent old anime. It is very stylized with Japanese ink paintings for backgrounds and characters reminiscent of those in Miyazaki films. I am not sure if this is a Japanese or Chinese film however.

I have enjoyed this movie since I was a kid and still enjoy it, though it is very hard to find.


I first saw Taro when it was released by Turner on VHS back in the late 1980s. It instantly became a hit with my children, all three of whom came to love it; and we all watched it countless times. We were discouraged to learn that Turner had decided not to re-release the film on VHS, and we subsequently waited for years to see it come out on DVD. The artwork in this film is lovely, with many of the frames looking like a Japanese watercolor. There are elements of Japanese mythology here, as well as action, adventure, and important lessons in life and character building. Taro, an immensely strong and chubby orphan, must set out alone to discover the secret of his mother's disappearance. Along the way he learns that hard work, cooperation, honesty and ambition are essential to his survival. Children will enjoy the film and they may come to identify with the heroic Taro, the Dragon Boy, despite cultural differences and/or language barriers.


I saw this last night, and I was deeply, deeply moved. This film is pure gold, a drink of clear water after a day in the sun. This is a story of hope, love, sacrifice, and the true meaning of selflessness. This film does not need to resort to preachy-ness, its message is shown through the deeds of Taro and what he inspires others to do for themselves. The art style is very distinctive, and beautiful. The landscapes feel very real, and the characters fit well within their world. The music and songs are lovingly crafted, and the story will leave you smiling through tears. This was an incredible work of love, and it deserves to be seen again and again. There is some slight nudity, but only once, and nothing sexual. I can't praise this one highly enough. See it for yourself, and you will understand.


I was born the same year this film came out. Being half Japanese and having read or been told many other Japanese folk stories, I am very familiar with some of the characters in this particular story (the Onis and Tengu for example).

There are several lessons to be learned from this film; from trusting those around you, to being selfish and the rewards of helping those in need. Although there is some nudity, the audience needs to look past that and focus on the morals being told.

The ending holds a lot of emotion and the theme song throughout has a nice rhythm! I would recommend watching this in Japanese with the subtitles on.

9/10 stars for me on this one. :)