I give this anime adaptation of the classic ballet...a 72/100.
Back in the 60s, 70s, and a little bit of the 80s, Toei and Nippon Animation were competing against each other to try their hand and becoming the Disney of Japan, putting out all sorts of shows and movies to see who would come out on top. One of the movies that Toei put out was their own film adaptation of the fairy tale/ballet, Swan Lake. It did get an English dub way back when, but only in recent years, did it manage to get some form of physical home media release on DVD, by way of the ever so awesome Discotek Media. The only reason I learned of this particular anime was because a blogger I followed reviewed it several years ago. Nowadays, you can easily find it, whether it be on DVD or Amazon Prime, and it's coming to the site Retrocrush in late August if you want to just watch it for free. Now that I've seen it myself...ehh, there are parts of it I like, but this isn't one of Toei's better movies.
The movie has the same premise as the ballet, but has its own take on it. A young prince, Siegfried, sees a beautiful swan with a crown on its head. When a strange magic turns one of his friends into stone, he follows the swan into a mysterious castle, discovering that the swan is actually a young princess, Odette, taken prisoner by the evil wizard Rothbart. He destroyed her kingdom, killed her family, and put a curse on her that makes her turn into a swan during the day, though is really intent on marrying her. Taking pity on her, Siegfried decides to make it his mission to defeat Rothbart and set her free. Oh, and somehow two squirrels help the two of them out during all this.
(more to come soon)