Silently telling the tales of many myths involving transformation, a boy called Wondermaker moves through realms of imagination. He becomes Actaeon, a hunter who peeks at the bathing goddess Diana. Then, as Orpheus, he descends into Hades to retrieve his wife Eurydice. He courts a girl named Perce as the swift god Mercury, and as Perseus he is sent to slay Medusa – a creature who turns all who look at her into stone. Finally, Wondermaker becomes Phaeton, the son of the sun god, who seeks to steal his father’s chariot in order to fly.
This is an animated adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses. It was three years in the making, without any dialogue, and intended to be a hit abroad as well as Japan. The film aimed to be nothing less than a second Fantasia. If you're wondering why you've never heard of this movie, it's because it isn't, politely speaking, any good. When initially screened, audiences complained that the story was hard... read more
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