This weekend I got to re-watch a film from my childhood with my youngest daughter, an Anime film from 1979 called Wind of Change. The film is a retelling of five stories from Classical Mythology: Actaeon, Orpheus and Eurydice, The House of Envy, Perseus and the Medusa, and Phaethon.
Narrated by Peter Ustinov, the film has the same two characters, a young boy and girl playing the various roles in each version (and sometimes overlapping), and as it was the late seventies, there is plenty of disco music as well (which can be a plus or a minus, depending on the viewer).
For me, the stories are pretty great, and except for the fact that the narrator goes into Falsetto for his female characters, and often falls into a Southern United States Drawl for some characters, the visuals are pretty great, the stories are timeless, and much of the imagery is breathtaking (although may be too intense for young viewers.
Check out the trailer on YouTube and if you happen across a copy, give it a chance!
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