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Marco Polo Junior versus the Red Dragon


2 Jul - 9 Jul

In this first ever feature-length Australian animation film, the descendant of Marco Polo (voiced by American teen idol Bobby Rydell) embarks on a fantastic quest to the mythical Xanadu in order to recover the missing piece of a long lost medallion. Standing in his way is the evil Red Dragon who wants the medallion for his own nefarious purposes.

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  • Recently restored by the National Film and Sound Archive, this spirited animation has all the right ingredients  an epic quest, a feisty princess, a bumbling dragon and a dastardly villain.

    For its time the film was a huge undertaking, enlisting over 100 animators to complete but sadly failed to receive international distribution, only managing a limited Australian release, meaning that it was essentially lost and forgotten. It did however appear on TV in 1976 under a different name (The Magic Medallion) and had a brief re-release in 2002 as Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu.

    Transferred from an original 35mm negative, this lovingly restored version should delight animation buffs and fill in a vital missing piece of Australian film history. 

    Winner: Best Director at the 1973 Australian Film Institute Awards (now the AACTA Awards)