Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves – the 1971 animated film

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves – the 1971 animated film

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (アリババと40匹の盗賊, Ari Baba to Yonjuppiki no Tōzoku) is a 1971 anime film by Toei Animation, which tells the evergreen story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

It was directed by Hiroshi Shidara and written by Morihisa Yamamoto. Hayao Miyazaki played a decisive role in developing this film's structure, characters, and production design, with credits listing him as a key animator and organizer. Seiichiro Uno wrote the original music for the film.

The film was first shown in Japan on July 18, 1971. Other versions followed, including:

West Germany (as Ali Cats und der fliegende Professor, 16 March 1973)
Italy (as Ali Babà and the 40 thieves)
USA (a dubbed version called Alibaba's Revenge)
International English Version (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves)
Spain (as Ali Babà i els 40 lladres; in Catalan, aired on Canal Nou, 29 October 1994).


The film tells the story of Goro, a boy descendant of the leader of the thieves protagonists of the famous tale of the Arabian Nights. Goro in collaboration with a mouse and 38 cats he decides to form the group of 40 thieves whose sole purpose is to steal the treasure from Ali Baba the 33rd. The tyrannical Ali Baba, nearly broke as he has spent most of the money his father left him, finds a magic lamp inhabited by a genie terrified of cats, who cannot perform his magic unless all the cats in the kingdom they haven't left. The boy and his companions plan to save the imprisoned cats, recover the treasures stolen from Ali Baba and save the people oppressed by his tyranny.

Data Sheet

Original language Japanese
Country of Production Japan
Year 1971
Duration 55 min
Relationship 2,35:1
Regia Hiroshi shidara
Film script Morihisa Yamamoto
Producer Hiroshi Ôkawa
Production house Toei Animation
Distribution in Italian toei company
Photography Masaki Machida, Shōichirō Ide
Editor Masaaki Hanai, Yutaka Chikura
Special effects Chiaki Hirao, Tokie Hayashi
Music Seichiro One
Art director Saburo Yokoi
Entertainers Akira Daikubara, Hayao Miyazaki, Hideki Mori, Katsunari Oda, Koichi Tsunoda, Michihiro Kaneyama, Reiko Okuyama, Shigeo Matoba, Shoji Ikehara, Takashi Abe, Takuo Kikuchi, Tatsuji Kino, Yasuji Mori, Yôichi Kotabe
Wallpapers Katsuyoshi Hozumi, Kenichi Harada, Motome Shiroto, Toshikazu Yamaguchi
Original voice actors
Chikao Ōtsuka: Ali Baba XXXIII
Kousei Tomita: Spirit of the Lamp
Goro Naya: Goro
Isamu Tanonaka: Police Chief
Junpei Takiguchi: Kajiru
Kenji Naikai: Dora
Nobuyo Ōyama: Huck
Italian voice actors
Arturo Dominici: Ali Baba XXXIII
Sergio Fiorentini: Spirit of the Lamp


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