RARE ANIME FEATURE RESTORED

japanprincess.jpgThe Japan Times is reporting that the first post-war Japanese animated feature has been restored to its original 48 minute length.

A complete version of “Princess of Baghdad” had not existed for years. A Fukuoka resident donated an almost complete version to the library in 2004. Since then, the library has worked with the National Film Center in Tokyo to restore the film to its original length. Before the resident came forward, the only copy confirmed to exist was a 37-minute version kept at the NFC.