A Journey Through Fairyland

A Journey Through Fairyland (Japanese: 妖精フローレンス, Hepburn: Yōsei Furōrensu, lit. Fairy Florence) is a 1985 Japanese animated film by Sanrio,[1] the company which animated Unico, The Sea Prince and the Fire Child and Ringing Bell, though this story is less sought out as a rarity among Sanrio cult classic collectors. It is also Sanrio's final feature-length anime film until 2007. It was brought to America in 1995 through a company called Celebrity Home Entertainment. Unlike previous works, this one mainly focuses on music more than plot, prompting it to be compared with Disney's older work Fantasia (Video Business review). The one original piece is "My Name is Florence," which contains lyrics and is sung in the film; all other songs on the soundtrack are works of classical composition, written by Beethoven and other similarly noteworthy composers.

A Journey Through Fairyland
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Directed byMasami Hata
Written byKyu Takabatake
Story byShintarô Tsuji
Produced byAtsushi Tomioka
Tsunemasa Hatano
StarringMasachika Ichimura
Tomoko Kaneda
CinematographyIwao Yamaki
Edited bySatoshi Yoshioka
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
Production
company
Distributed byCelebrity's Just for Kids (US video)
Release dates
October 19, 1985 (JP)
1995 (US)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

SummaryEdit

A gentle and talented boy named Michael played beautiful music on his oboe, and his greatest love was to play for and tend to the flowers in the greenhouse at the school of music where he attended. Unfortunately, his gardening made him constantly late for orchestra practice and resulted in his dismissal from the school. When Michael fell asleep that same night, he was awakened by a dainty Flower Fairy named Florence, who would take him on an enchanted journey to a land where flowers came alive, treble notes were mischievous, and adventure beckoned. There, he would soon come to realize that his love of flowers and desire to become a great musician could go hand-in-hand and help him to become focused in life and discover himself.

Voice castEdit

Character Original English
Michael Masachika Ichimura Jeremy Graham
Florence Tomoko Kaneda Audra Sears Henning
Music Teacher/Prof. Low Note Asei Kobayashi A. Gregory
Musica/Treble Mizuki Nakajima
Laura Chika Takami Barbara Jane Henning
Narrator - Jo Catanzaro

Classical musicEdit

  1. Voices of Spring Waltz - Johann Strauss II
  2. Oboe Sonata - Gaetano Donizetti
  3. Symphony No. 5 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  4. Nocturne No. 1 op. 9 - Frederic Francois Chopin
  5. Salut d'amour (Meeting of Flower) - Edward William Elgar
  6. Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" - Franz Peter Schubert
  7. Oboe Concerto in D minor, II Adagio - Alessandro Marcello
  8. Fugue in G minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
  9. Souvenir - Drdla
  10. Hungarian Dances No. 5 - Johannes Brahms
  11. Piano Sonata No. 11 1st mov - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  12. Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  13. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka - Johann Strauss II
  14. Barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Jacques Offenbach
  15. Duet of Love - Naozumi Yamamoto
  16. Symphonie Fantastique 4th mov - Louis Hector Berlioz
  17. Flight of the Bumblebee - Rimsky-Korsakov
  18. L' Arlesienne Suite No. 2 "Farandole" - Georges Bizet
  19. Symphonie Fantastique 5th mov - Louis Hector Berlioz
  20. The Firebird - Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky
  21. Clair de Lune - Claude Achille Debussy
  22. Salut d'amour (Separation of flower) - Edward William Elgar
  23. Oboe Concerto 3rd mov - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  24. Violin Concerto 3rd mov - Felix Mendelssohn

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ A Journey Through Fairyland (1985) directed by Masami Hata • Reviews, film + cast • Letterboxd, retrieved 2022-08-29

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