Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1971 film)

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
アリババと40匹の盗賊
Directed by Hiroshi Shidara
Written by Morihisa Yamamoto
Production
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Release date
  • 18 July 1971 (1971-07-18)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (アリババと40匹の盗賊, Ari Baba to Yonjuppiki no Tōzoku) is a 1971 anime film by Toei Animation, retelling the evergreen story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from the Arabian Nights, or One Thousand and One Nights.[1]

It was directed by Hiroshi Shidara and written by Morihisa Yamamoto. Hayao Miyazaki played a decisive role in developing structure, characters and designs for this film, whose credits list him as Key Animator and Organizer. Seiichiro Uno wrote original music for the film.[2]

It was released on 18 July 1971 in Japan under the title アリババと40匹の盗賊 (Aribaba to Yonjūbiki no Tozuku).[3] Other releases followed, including:

  • West Germany (as Ali Cats und der fliegende Professor, on 16 March 1973)
  • Italy (as Ali Babà e i 40 ladroni)
  • USA (a dubbed version called Alibaba's Revenge)
  • international English version (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves)

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