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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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Pairaka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I... I don't know what to say. I saw this when I was a kid, too, and it's always just... stayed with me. It was the design of the little witch mostly and the fact that she had a little broomstick-helicopter.

What's weird is that I was just googling for images of this and found this one, moused over it and saw the link and went, "buh?" :D
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
It's a small Internet, isn't it?
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DrMuttonchops Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice! Been a fan of this movie for a couple of years and I can't believe  I've missed this piece. Nicely done!
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DrMuttonchops Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
By the way, I'm quite familiar with your Cartoon Network associations. Nice to know you're also a fan of this!
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Heh heh, cool.  I'm infamous.  Do you have the DVD I worked on?

This is an unforgettable film.  You just can't wash that weirdness out of your brain!  I wish it was on the shelves so people could bask in its bizarrity.

Hmm, I just checked Amazon, and it's available on Amazon Prime.  Streaming video, not DVD.  Huh!
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DrMuttonchops Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Believe me, you are! I've been aware of you since the late 90s when you had your SG fan page set up. No, I have the high quality DVD footage synched up to the English audio.

You bet it is! So do I! This really needs an official US release! Some special features would be nice too, but that may be asking too much.. It may seem strange, but I always though Allegra was cuter as a harpy girl. Something about that little fang in her mouth.

I've seen it. It's basically the low quality American airing version you have. The opening credit was actually in English, which I'd always wondered about, and there was a "clean" version of the ending with all the little reference maquettes whereas in the Japanese version, there's credits over them. However, I think it would've been nice to hear who did the official voices in the dub, since Corrine Orr is the only one who has confirmed her role, and we can only assume by sound that Billie Lou Watt did a couple.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Apparently All Clues No Solutions has a better quality version.  They say it comes from a Japanese DVD and has the English as an extra track.  I've ordered it, and will post a link to the deviation description if it turns out to be good enough. 
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DrMuttonchops Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info, Kim!
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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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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Heh. I'm too old to have childhood memories of MST3K. But if I had seen it as a kid I can imagine the images that would stick with me from the likes of Manos: The Hands of Fate, Mr. B. Natural, and Santa Claus.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not to mention the image of the seats, and the robots talking back to the movie.
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HarveyHarpy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I'm glad someone else remembers this! The whole film used to be on Youtube (not any more)
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I have a DVD, and it's a terrible-quality copy, but it's not commercially available in English at all! Grr.
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Cpt-Zim83 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
I just discovered and watch this movie this past Halloween. I loved it. And I'm mad at my self for not knowing it exicted sooner. :sarcasm:
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Ain't it neat, in a freaky kind of way? I wish I could find a decent copy. Dear Toei, please put the English version on DVD. Or the Japanese version with subtitles!
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trogdorboy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I gotta check this anime out now.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Coolstuffvideos.com. They got me the DVD pretty quickly after I paid for it. The image quality is not good at all, but that's because the source was poor. If you've seen a DVD of Riger Corman's Fantastic 4 movie, that's the level we're talking about.

That said, I enjoyed the heck out of it and would recommend anyone who enjoys animated psychedelica/.
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Nightshade-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
That's awesome- I hope I get as lucky as you in my personal search. Do you remember a movie that was probably made in the 70's that started out live action- starting with a boy who crawls into a box or fun house or something and enters an animated world? I remember he befriends a talking dog and The 'Whether' Man. I don't remember much but at the end this faceless man makes them do odd tasks like move a pile of sand from one spot to the next, one grain at a time with a pair of tweezers; and the other task was to chip away a mountain using only a needle... so um...yeah, heh ^^; I remember it was a very trippy movie and the faceless guy scared the jeebus out of me as a kid.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Aw, give me a hard one next time, will you? That's The Phantom Tollbooth. I saw it once on TV; according to Wikipedia there's no DVD release in the US, but you can get it on VHS at Amazon.com for $20 right here: Phantom Tollbooth
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Nightshade-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Oh! Thought of a cartoon series. I remember when I was about 3-5, so at about 1991-93 I remember a show i watched right after David the Gnome. It was about these little people who lived in a forest and had their own community. The main characters were kids/teens and dressed like medieval fairies and each character had a main color to their outfit (blue, red, pink, etc). I remember the mayor's snotty son had a crush on the Smurfette equivalent on the show and she loved the hero-type boy- I think his color was red and the mayor's son was blue or green. So there is my next challenge for you. ^^
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Before I even try, what country did you live in?
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Nightshade-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I've lived in the USA all my life- with some traveling to other coutries for a couple of weeks each time...
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
That would be The Littl' Bits. Apparently that's not on DVD, but there are a few VHS tapes.
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Nightshade-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! ^_^
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
No problem.
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Nightshade-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, thank you so much! But now that you require a challenge...*evil smirk*...um, well I need some time to think back on my childhood lol.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
If you want to reward me, then, should you decide to buy the tape from Amazon, click on the link above to get there. Amazon will see that I sent you and give me a little store credit. If you don't, of course, no worries. :)

By the way, there's a page for a DVD. Not that it exists, but you can sign up so they'll E-mail you should it get made. It's a way to tell those who own the rights that we want it. I put myself on the list for a DVD of the George Hearn/Angela Lansbury production of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and that was made! (Years before the movie, too!)
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Nightshade-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Ooo, well I'll be sure to do that then too ^^
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
Cool. I'm an Amazon affiliate, so if you click on any of my links before you buy stuff, I'll get a little store credit for referring you.

Several of my friends click on my links any time they are going to buy stuff on Amazon - it costs them nothing, and puts a few nicckels into my account. I'm such a capitalist swine.
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Nightshade-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
LOL, yeah but hey- whatever helps, right?
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
Yep. Them nickels and dimes add up to paperback books for me.
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flammingcorn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sounds really interesting. :D
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
It sure wasn't dull!
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flammingcorn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll have to check it out if I ever get the chance. :D
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
If you want to see it, most likely you'll have to get a DVD from coolstuffvideos.com. That's where I got mine, and it seems to be the only source for the English version.
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flammingcorn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay. ^^ I'll give it a look.
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