Unico is a special unicorn with the ability to make anyone he meets happy. But the gods are not pleased, and out of jealousy, they bid the West Wind to exile young Unico to the Hill of Oblivion, where he shall stay, alone, forever. Luckily, the West Wind is a kind soul and instead, hides Unico away from place to place, keeping him shielded from the eyes of the gods. Along the way, Unico must make new friends and even save the world from an evil power!
In China, there is a beautiful and peaceful valley that is home to a small panda named Tao Tao. He lives in harmony with many wonderful friends such as Kiki the monkey, Chipta the woodpecker, Purpur the squirrel, some bunny brothers and other animals. And while Tao Tao and the gang often encounter a problem they can't solve on their own, Tao Tao's mother always manages to tell them amazing and helpful stories that help them along the way.
Animals are in the center of both Tao Tao and Unico. The titular characters of both series are animal children, who just want to have friends, fun and a happy life. Both anime are suitable for kids and have a merry and adventure-filled plot, so if you're craving for a happy story, here's two.
Taro is not your usual village boy; a glutton and a sloth, he would rather be out playing with the animals than helping his fellow villagers, including his own grandmother. However, while wrestling with the animals one day a wizard appears and challenges him; and after Taro wins, the wizard gives him a potion that grants him the strength of a hundred men... but the power only works if Taro is helping someone. Shortly after, Taro discovers that his mother may still be alive – though in the form of a dragon due to a curse. Taro now sets forth to try to find his mother, traveling from mountain to mountain, while helping others along the way.
Unico and Taro are stories that, to my mind, are more geared towards children. The storylines of both are such that certain morals are demonstrated to the viewer. Primarily, both characters go around helping people just for the sake of helping. If you had enjoyed the atmosphere and tone of one of the movies, you are sure to like the other.