A Journey Through Fairyland DVD
About A Journey Through Fairyland DVD
In A Journey Through Fairyland, Michael is a gifted oboe player, but his heart's not in it. He ignores his musical studies to lose himself in the garden, playing only for the benefit of his beloved flowers. Michael's frustrated teacher gives him an ultimatum: Be serious, or leave the music school forever! Despondent, Michael prepares to say goodbye to the garden. But the floral fairy Florence, so bewitched by his music, bestows a powerful magic wand on Michael, and whisks him away. Will Michael's astonishing adventure with Florence in Fairyland help him rediscover his love of music?
Four years in the making, A Journey Through Fairyland, is a visual and auditory tour deforce by Sanrio Films and the legendary director Masami Hata. Featuring music by Strauss, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and many other famous composers, and vocal performances by real-life stars of the Takarazuka Revue and the Shiki Theatre Company.
- Publisher: EASTERN STAR
- Media: DVD
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Fantasy
- Themes: Adventure, Music
- Age Rating: ALL
- Run Time: 91
- Year Created: 1985
- Release Date: 8/29/2017
- Weight: 0.5
- Region Code: 1
Ratings & Reviews
"I don't think Beethoven wrote that part."
by Jon Turner -
Who would have thought that the creators behind HELLO KITTY would actively attempt such an ambitious animated movie as this? Lusciously animated and mostly a series of set-pieces set to classical music, this could be seen as an answer to FANTASIA. But A JOURNEY THROUGH FAIRYLAND also tries to be a trippy fairy tale, centering on a lonely botanist recently ousted from a music college and his love for a fairy. The storyline isn't all that interesting and the characters aren't memorable, but this is an undeniably beautiful rarity. Might be worth looking at for a rainy day, if not much else.
Good quality presentation of flawed film.
by Jon Turner
Sanrio's flawed but visually intriguing animated answer to FANTASIA thankfully fares much better than NUTCRACKER FANTASY, which presented the Japanese version well, but mishandled the English audio. Both versions of this movie are handled well with no noticeable dropouts on either version.
The Japanese track in particular sounds richer and vibrant with the crisply recorded music, while the dub sounds somewhat muffled. The dub itself is a mixed bag, though; aside from some name changes, there are some bits of baffling dialogue "I don't think Beethoven wrote that part" and awkward timing. The added-in narration is also on-the-nose and unnecessary.
The video itself looks clean and free of any noticeable defects, which is great, because the film is rich with color. The only downside is no extras, but otherwise the film itself is presented well on both versions.
A beautiful snooze
This film is more or less Sanrio's version of Fantasia, with animated sequences done to popular classical pieces. Instead of an introduction to each piece, the names of the compositions are shown onscreen for each segment, and most of the segments are related to a central flower theme.
The frame story revolves around a young boy in danger of being expelled from music school, but who befriends a flower fairy that helps him rekindle his love for music. Not as entertaining or story/character driven as other Sanrio productions such as Ringing Bell or the Unico movies. While the film is beautifully animated and a good introduction for children to classical music, for the adults, it's rather a bore.