Poster - Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

I just love the Czech movie posters. They have such a terrific sense of abstract style about them. I discovered this poster for Toei Doga's 1971 film, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. It was directed by founding studio animator Akira Daikuhara, who, alongside Yasuji Mori, built the studio into an animation powerhouse. As best as I can tell, this was his final film.

After Ali Baba, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata finally made the jump to A Pro, joining the rest of the old gang on a new television show called Lupin III. This is a terrific farewell, loaded with wild colors and goofy fun. This may be the zaniest movie in Miyazaki's long career, the final hurrah to his thrilling comedy trilogy, which began with 1969's Puss in Boots and 1971's Animal Treasure Island.

I found this poster on this site. It's not for sale, but you can browse through the very large and impressive catalog.

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