Jerry Beck commentates on three lost localized anime trailers:The Eight Headed Dragon, Osamu Tezuka’s Princess Knight, and Jack and the Beanstalk also from Toei.
Jerry Beck: “It’s a shame Little Prince and the Eight Headed Dragon isn’t more widely known and is so difficult to see. Genndy Tartakovsky has touted this as one of his biggest influences on Samurai Jack and you can see why in this rare American TV spot (presented here in black & white). The original was presented in vivid Fujicolor (“Magicolor!”) and wide screen ToeiScope (an anamorphic 2.35:1 screen ratio – aka “WonderScope!”), two aspects hurt in the awful U.S. dub which mainly exists today in faded Eastman Color with pan-and-scan editing. What remains visible regardless is the beautiful character design and stylized animation, years ahead of what Japanese animators were doing commercially at this time. This is a little classic that deserves wider exposure. Seek out the Japanese DVD if you can.”