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The Princess and The Goblin

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:36 pm
by dark77778
I saw this film on the shelf and thought it looked great when I was about 10 or so. Turns out I was right, but nobody else has ever heard of this movie. I actually bought it on VHS thinking it was The Black Cauldron but it turns out that I much prefer this movie over the disappointment that was Black Cauldron (at least to me...some may argue differently). I think it's a gem, but I was just wondering if anybody here had seen the film at all, considering you're all animation buffs/animators.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vIP7c7ut2dU Anyways, here's a kick ass clip from the film and you can catch the rest of it on youtube as well these days if you want. Umm, if you don't get the scene, the goblins are essentially fearless, invulnerable, cruel creatures and manifestations that only have two weaknesses:
1) Their bodies are hard as rocks except for their feet.
2) They hate, hate, hate singing.

Goblin's pets will run at the mere noise of the stuff because it's so horrible, but normal goblins will usually get really really mad instead and beat the snot out of you. The Princess in this scene has only been ambushed by goblin pets, and the miner's son, Curdy is simply walking through the forest singing at the top of his lungs as standard goblin repellent that the peasants know about, but the royalty apparently doesn't. (I'm giving the less romantic version here, the story itself is really quite cute, I'm just thinking in dry comments for some reason.) Anyways, watch the clip and the cast of characters is really qutie charming, if the story isn't much past "The Legend of Zelda." but then again, if you like Zelda, you'll like this movie! (Link to the Past though...not that OOT stuff.)

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:39 pm
by Ganter
I remember seeing a four page article on it when I was a young kid in a Korean comics magazine, but I could never find it...

Maybe I should try netflixing it. :P I actually really liked The Black Cauldron, but I went in expecting pure badness. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. Don't know if I could watch it twice though!

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:54 pm
by dark77778
^_^ Ganter, I really think you should. I'd actually really like to hear your opinion on the film. And lucky you for anticipating that of the film, as a kid I saw the Black Cauldrom expecting it to be awesome and after watching it I was all "Screw this! I'm going to go watch Princess and the Goblin for the eleventh time just to get the disappointment out of my mind!" The only thing that I can find at fault in the Princess and the Goblinis the sparse number of characters...even the goblin army...and the point of Ireney's thread is a huge disappointment. I thought it was going to lead to the Triforce or something. A couple other things in the movie get lost in translation like the pigeons vs. doves (you'll see) thing, but those are easily overlooked.

Oh, by the way, the quality of the clip I posted is terrible, but there's two clips of the song, one with good audio (the one I posted before) and one with good animation quality, but it's in Hungarian (http://youtube.com/watch?v=9OgE6K6nixM). Just...find a good version of the film and you'll be able to see it all. Oh, and FYI Jerreth isn't in the film...for better or for worse :wink:

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:49 pm
by jdalton
I haven't seen the movie but I've read the book it was based on and I was pretty disappointed in it. It's very much your typical Victorian-era "good story for the moral development of children" with flat predictable characters and absolute black-and-white good vs. evil. Only the evil isn't very evil at all, just ugly and unkind and not very bright. I was hoping it would be more in the vein of Alice in Wonderland or at least the Brothers Grimm, but it wasn't.

They could have improved it for the movie though, I don't know. It has all the building blocks of a good story, the book just fails (in my opinion) in the execution.

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:45 pm
by dark77778
I haven't read the book so I can't judge, but yeah, the story isn't incredibly unique, you could probably pull its elements from just about anything, but for what it is, it's cute and the movie's a nice indi animated film.

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:55 pm
by matthewart
I dindn't know this movie existed till now. Watching the youtube... I kinda wish I would have seen it as a kid... I'll have to track it down... via netflicks or somthing.

I think It would have been right up there with my kid favs... like... The Last Unicorn, Flight of Dragons, and of course the Black Cauldron.

Sooo was the Black Cauldron the last movie to use a therimin (spell?) in the soundtrack???

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:29 pm
by dark77778
Flight of Dragons eh? Huh..there's something for me to track down!Speaking of kid favs with Dragons..umm Pete's Dragon and Puff the Magic Dragon films are awesome, hunt those down if you can ("If only I could've been a baker, instead of an evil giant pirate."). Haven't seen Last Unicorn in a long, long time but I keep getting sequences with the bull mixed with the other freaky villains of the time...all of them being the owls: Rock-a-Doodle, NYMH, American Tail and Once Upon a Forest (the video game owl...the movie one sucked, it just screeched and didn't taunt you in the least and it was missing the scarf). Modern day filims need more evil looking owls :x.

Off topic: Anybody hear what happened to that revival project that was supposed to make The Last Unicorn into a more modern version (I heard 3D but now I'm hearing Live Action too...something like that).

A Therimin? Never heard of it but I'll look into it later on tonight.

Glad to hear that you might enjoy the film once you hunt it down Matt!

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:06 pm
by jdalton
dark77778 wrote:Off topic: Anybody hear what happened to that revival project that was supposed to make The Last Unicorn into a more modern version (I heard 3D but now I'm hearing Live Action too...something like that).
I met the author of the book (and the screenplay) last year and considering his ongoing legal battle to get any profits from the first movie, I'd say any chance of a second would probably hinge on that.