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The Singing Princess (1949)

La rosa di Bagdad (original title)
An insane woman brings peace to her village by being the most ultimate singer around.


E. D'Angelo (screenplay), Lucio De Caro (screenplay) (as L. De Caro) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefano Sibaldi Stefano Sibaldi ... Narrator (voice)
Germana Calderini Germana Calderini ... Princess Zeila (voice)
Giulio Panicali Giulio Panicali ... Sheikh Jafar (voice)
Olinto Cristina Olinto Cristina ... Calif Oman (voice)
Mario Besesti Mario Besesti ... Zizibé - Minister of Health (voice)
Giovanna Scotto Giovanna Scotto ... Fatima (voice)
Renata Marini Renata Marini ... Amins Mother (voice)
Lauro Gazzolo Lauro Gazzolo ... The Grand Kadi (voice)
Maria Saccenti Maria Saccenti ... Black Woman at the Fountain (voice)
Beatrice Preziosa Beatrice Preziosa ... Princess Zeila (singing voice)
Carlo Romano ... Burk - the Magician (singing voice)
Sakella Rio Sakella Rio ... Black Woman at the Fountain (singing voice)
Luisa Malagrida Luisa Malagrida ... Calina - Amin's Magpie (singing voice)
F. Delle Fornaci F. Delle Fornaci ... Choir of the three Ministers (singing voice)
Giulio Fioravanti Giulio Fioravanti ... Choir of the three Ministers (singing voice)


An insane woman brings peace to her village by being the most ultimate singer around.

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Animation | Fantasy







Release Date:

22 December 1949 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Singing Princess See more »

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Ima Film, Trans-National See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Julie Andrews' first film (voice only). See more »

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Julie's animated film debut
19 November 2007 | by ja_kitty_71See all my reviews

Like I said, animation is an art form, and in a few countries in the world, there are some excellent animation. In this beautifully animated film, the beautiful princess Zelia is betrothed to the cruel sheik Jafar, thanks to the power of a magic ring given from his sorcerer. And so, her minstrel/friend Armin uses Aladdin's lamp to rescue her.

Julie Andrews (and in her film debut too), supplies the voice of Zelia in the film. The film was originally made in Italy in 1949 and later released in an English-language version around 1967; my very first glimpse of Italian animation was the TV series Winx Club. The influence of Disney's Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is clearly evident, in the general look, the plot and the characters.

As I said I am starting to love fantasy movies (animated or live action) set in Arabia. My favorite characters from the film are Calina, Armin's little magpie; I love the princess herself too. You know, not many discuss the Non-Disney Princesses, and I have added Zelia to the list I had made of The Non-Disney Princesses :

· Glory from Gulliver's Travels, · Odette from The Swan Princess, · Thumbelina from Don Bluth's film version of the story, · YumYum from The Thief and The Cobbler, · Anastasia, and... · Kayley from Quest for Camelot. So overall, I really love this rare animated film.

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