Hunchback Pony, a famous Russian animated film, is known as a source of inspiration for "The Phoenix," which was to become one of Tezuka Osamu's life works. He must have been really attracted to the story of "Hunchback Pony" to plan its modern version. Based on a friendship between a boy and a mysterious blue pony from outer space, this work tells children about the wondrous power of dreaming. Although Tezuka Osamu hoped to continue with this series, he died suddenly after finishing a synopsis of just 5 episodes. However, all 39 episodes were put on the air by the staff, who continued on with the series as he had wished.
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Broadcast via Satellite Channel 2 / 22 minutes and 30 seconds / In Color / 39 episodes
Tezuka Production Co., Ltd. / April 7, 1989 - March 16, 1990, Fridays 7:00 - 7:30 PM, NHK Television
April 8, 1989 - March 18, 1990 (Time, irregular)
Original Planning and Overall Direction: Tezuka Osamu
Director: Hara Shotaro
Animation Directors: Udagawa Kazuhiko, Saijo Takashi, Shishikura Satoshi, Endo Seiji, Suzuki Yasuhiko, Oka Yutaka, Hayashi Kazuo, Dobashi Hiroshi, Mizoroki Hiroaki, Ishiguro Megumu, Ichikawa Takahisa, Abe Masami, Kuhara Shigeki, Seya Shinji
Storyboard: Yazawa Norio, Tonogachi Hideki, Yamatani Mitsukazu, Yamazaki Kazuo, Mashita Koichi, Aoki Yasunao, Asada Yuji, Takada Saburo, Nishimaki Hideo, Satsukime Yusaku, Suzuki Yukio, Fujimori Kazuma, Misawa Noboru, Takagi Shinji, Suzuki Takuo, Kubo Tamiko, Ishiguro Megumu, Maeda Mizuho
Original Pictures: Ogata Yasuhiko, Kato Shigeru, Tanabe Yoshinori, Kikuchi Akira, Imagawa Yoshimi, Shinbo Akiyuki, Koizumi Kenzo, Saga Toshio, Tsuchida Koichi, Ishiodori Hiroshi, Suda Masaru, Fukuda Shin, Endo Seiji, Takahashi Yuji, Fukumoto Masaru, Narita Tatsuji, Yasuda Koji, Kano Uchitaka, Kobayashi Yoshiteru, Kikawa Junichi, Yoshimura Masaki, Seya Shinji, Shimada Hideaki and others
Animation: Udagawa Sumio, Nishida Masayoshi, Miura Atsuya, Suzuki Mariko, Maba Hideaki, Mochida Takeshi, Kitamura Naoko and others
Animation Check: Kano Kaoru
Sub-Character Design: Seya Shinji
Art Director: Okada Kazuo
Backgrounds: Matsudaira So, Kuribayashi Masashi, Kamikubo Yoshihiro and others
Recording Director: Shimizu Katsunori
Color Design: Fujita Rika
Editing: Ogata Harutoshi
Music: Serizawa Hiroaki
"The Future in Your Eyes"
lyrics by Taguchi Shun, music by Ueda Chika, arrangement by Ogita Mitsuo and vocals by Minamino Yoko
"Don't give in, have courage"
lyrics by Mori Yukinojo, music by Goto Tsugutoshi, arrangement by Sato Jun and vocals by Nakayama Shinobu
Animation Producer: Yui Masatoshi