Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke is Toei's second animation feature film from 1959, and followed on the heels of the great Hakujaden. This was the first movie in a widescreen format, and everything just looks spectacular. I've always loved the colors of the classic Toei films - rich saturations, warm tones, deep and varied. The Studio Ghibli movies, obviously, are a strong parallel, and after you've watched a few Toei movies you can really appreciate that.
This movie was brought to the West under the title, Magic Boy, and this is currently the only version I can find online anywhere. Fortunately, it's available on Youtube right now, in a German dub, but the picture quality looks terrific and it's a joy to watch. You might be shocked at the film's decidedly non-anime look; it's a very "Western"-looking movie, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. Surely, the young Toei animators are still learning their craft, still growing, still impressing.
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