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Allegra - Jack and The Witch by Negaduck9 Allegra - Jack and The Witch by Negaduck9
When I was a little kid, I saw an animated movie on TV which stuck in my mind for a long time. I couldn't remember that much, but one scene, in which a bunch of blue-skinned, white-haired creatures chanted "Into the machine! Into the machine!" while a machine tried to suck someone in and turn them into another of the blue critters. I also recall a sense of surreality.

Some time ago I managed to find out what this cartoon was by, you guessed it, Googling "Into the machine! Into the machine!" It was Jack and The Witch, a '67 animated movie by Toei Animation, the same studio that would later bring us Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon. After reading a few online reviews I had to get a copy, even if it wasn't officially available in the US. But I found a site that would sell me a DVR of it, and got it, and watched it...

... Wow. Memories came back. Not only of the movie, but of the circumstances in which I saw it. (My grandmother's house on a summer long ago.) Anyway, despite the very poor video quality - it looks like a third-generation SLP videotape made from an old 8mm print - I enjoyed it, and was awed by its sheer freakiness. I would love to get an official Japanese copy (Shonen Jakku to Maho-tsukai) if it was subtitled, but I don't believe such a thing exists.

Anyway, one image I liked was Allegra, a little harpy girl, flying a helicopter with a broomstick tail. Since there was a lot of bone imagery in the movie - machinery that was part bone, bone switches, even motorcycles that incorporated ribs and a spinal column and a blimp made of ribs and a jawbone - I tweaked the helicopter design a tad.
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EmmafromEngland Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
God this is like reading my own thoughts and memories! I live in England but grew up in Canada and remember flicking through channels on tv (by hand! no remote in the 70s!!) and seeing a cartoon movie on tv that was really weird, and becoming quite scared. The memories have remained with me for YEARS: of blue skinned, white haired creatures and the chant "Into the machine!" The really frightening part was when the uber witch was transformed into this horrible little goblin version of herself! My sister emailed to say she was talking to someone at a party about cool old cartoons and started describing this film and the chap she was talking to said oh, that is Jack and the Witch!! I would kill to see this again - it is amazing that so many people have the same memories! Other cartoons that I remember are The Happy Prince and THe Little Mermaid narrated by Richard Chamberlain - the real, sad version by Andersen not the happy Disney re-write! Ah, the 70s!!
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Heh, it seems a lot of people have the same memories of this bizarre cartoon. When I first looked online for info on it the best I could remember was the "Into the machine!" chant. But Googling just that phrase turned up a whole lot of info, mostly from others who also recalled it.

Sadly, Jack and The Witch hasn't been commercially released on DVD in the US, but do not give up hope, there are ways to get it! :)
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moromaner Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
I've been looking for the name of this movie for years and was finally tipped off to the title from a "What Was The Name of That Movie?" forum which led me to its wikipedia page, a "Let's Anime" post, and several other pages including this one. Strangely, I have a very similar story to you. I too was at my grandmother's place! I saw it in NYC. I think it was actually the WPIX Million Dollar Movie, but I could be wrong. Probably the mid-70s. I only remembered two scenes: the kid nearly getting sucked into the machine (but I didn't remember the chant so that's why it took me so long to find it) and the witch turning into a midget witch (as I remembered it, but looks like she was made into more of a goblin. Weird how so many of us had similar experiences (the Let's Anime site had similar memories too: [link]). Makes me think of "Blade Runner" and the implanted memories. It's almost as if we were all given memories of this movie and its surrounding experiences to help nudge us on our path in life. Or, perhaps the movie was coded with some info and upon watching it to completion as adults we receive the full downloaded upgrade to our minds. Or maybe growing up with all this psychedelic madness has simply caused me to look at the world differently! I'm dying to see this now. May have to do the CoolStuffVideos route unless something has popped up since your purchase. Is there someplace we can write to request an English dubbed DVD? (Supposedly the English dub has 8 minutes cut out of it). Anyway, thanks for sharing your memories.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I got my DVD from Cool Stuff Videos. The quality is, quite frankly, awful--you can't see what's going on in some scenes--but it's the only version available. It occasionally turns up on TV around Halloween, and I wish someone would record it and make a less-shabby version available.
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moromaner Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Ack! He no longer has it! Any other ideas??
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Really? I checked his site a few days ago, and it's still listed.
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moromaner Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Found it! And not only is it great quality, but it's only $7.00!! Here is the link:

[link]

BTW, you might enjoy my blog as I write about mythological interpretations of movies and TV shows. I plan to do an article on Jack & The Witch and our weird shared experience eventually. If you sign up with an email notification, you'll be sure to catch it: [link]

Thanks for al your help!

Marc
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Have you received it? How long did it take, and what was the actual quality like?
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moromaner Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
He wrote me back and said the title is no longer available. When I asked him to clarify he wrote back again and said something that made me think he wasn't allowed to sell it anymore. Maybe whoever took it off YouTube came down on him too.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I had a similar experience with my initiation into Mystery Science Theater 3000. I caught an episode at my grandma's house when I was a wee lad, the imagery stuck with me, and 10 years of searching lead me straight to that same episode.

It was Time Chasers, by the way. [link]
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