The Magic Ballad

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Associated Studios

Sakura Film Productions / Toyo Laboratory

Synopsis

In northern Japan, an old woman, Itako, has been bedridden for a long time. After she acts kindly towards a fox named Okon that enters her home, Okon sings a magic ballad (while playing the shamisen) that heals her such that she can walk again; together, with Okon hiding in Itako's back and singing while Itako plays the shamisen, they heal and revive others with the ballad. Eventually, they revive a princess, and are rewarded amply...but the envy of their escort results in Okon's tragic death.

Awards

Won the 1982 Noburo Ofuji Award for Best Japanese Animation

Trivia

  • The puppets used in the making of the film were made of papier-mâché.

Video Information

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Combined Stop Motion and Standard Animation
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Language: Japanese

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History

3/28/2016

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3/29/2016

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5/25/2016

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6/19/2016

    Sources

    Tadanari Okamoto: Director
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    Tadanari Okamoto: Screenplay
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    Akira Sanetou: Original Story
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    Seishiro Fujimori: Animator
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    Nozomi Nagasaki: Animator
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    Satoru Yoshida: Animator
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    Masako Watanabe: Animator
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    Yoshiko Nakajima: Animator
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    Takako Yokokawa: Animator
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    Sumiko Hosaka: Puppets
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    Yoshiko Kumahiko: Puppets
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    Yoshinori Sano: Puppets
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    Hiromi Wakasa: Backgrounds
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    Hiromichi Misawa: Backgrounds
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    Shizuko Watanabe: Backgrounds
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    Minoru Tamura: Cinematography
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    Kunihiko Itami: Cinematography
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    Isamu Koufuji: Recording
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    Naoko Aizawa: Editor
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    Teruko Nagaoka: Voices
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    Kahoru Onodera: Voices
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    Tomiho Kimura: Voices
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    Tetsuo Gotou: Voices
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    Mami Soga: Singer
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    Yoko Higashikawa: Lyrics
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    Yujirou Takahashi: Composed and Performed by
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    Kisaku Katada: Composed and Performed by
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    Yoshio Nakagawa: Composed and Performed by
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    Kuroudo Fujima: Choreography
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    Chizuko Makisaka: Animation - Finish
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    Takako Yanagimoto: Animation - Finish
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    Naomi Kuroda: Animation - Finish
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    Hajime Hirai: Cooperation
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    Hideyo Murayama: Producer
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    Tetsu Hanasaki: Producer
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    Tadanari Okamoto: Producer
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    Chinami Nanba: Producer
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