Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)

Reading all the problems to produce this film leaves one wondering how they ever managed to get the film done yet we the viewers are rewarded with a brilliant movie called Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland.  Known in Japan as Nemo, this 1989 film is a fantastic visual delight for people of all ages. Loosely based on the  comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, this fun and adventurous tale of a little boy’s trip into the world of Slumberland had a difficult time being recognized by audiences when first released. Box office numbers did not show favorable and release of the film to VHS and DVD sales didn’t fair much for circulation either. I feel it would be well worth your time to invest in a search for this film as you will want to watch it again and again.

Filled with lighthearted charm and storybook appeal, the rich illustrations and polished animation sequences are superb. The story revolves around a small boy named Nemo (English version voice of Gabriel Damon) who is whisked away in his dreams to a land known as Slumberland. He is requested to become the playmate of a princess who lives there and shares his adventure in the companionship of his flying squirrel friend, Icarus (English voice of  Danny Mann). The story plot doesn’t take a lot of twists but instead leaves the imaginary world of Nemo’s dreams to entertain us with playful songs and interesting characters; probably the most daunting character is the protagonist named Flip (English voice of Mickey Rooney) who pops in and out of the tale . The American released version had some footage cut out in order to preserve a G rating but didn’t suffer any lack of value as far as viewing goes.

Little Nemo is one of those films you can pop in and watch over and over. Kids will certainly remember their ‘favorite part’  years from now when thinking back on this film.  Trivia about this movie: a variety of notable names helped in the production, such as famed French comic artist and illustrator, Jean Girard (Moebius), science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, the voice of iconic screen actors Mickey Rooney and Rene Aberjonois and the world famous Sherman Brothers providing songs for this film. A definite five out of five star rating for Little Nemo.

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One Response to “Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)”

  1. The original Little Nemo strips by Winsor McCay are groundbreaking and beautiful pieces of art. There are several reprint books of this work available–check it out if you can.

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