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Marco Polo Jnr Versus the Red Dragon

1h 20m Animation, Children’s 1972

Young fisherman Marco Polo Junior discovers that he is the seventh son of the seventh son of the ancient explorer Marco Polo. His grandfather gives him half a gold medallion that was presented to his ancestor by the great Kubla Khan, with the other half held by the heir to the Kingdom of Xanadu. Evil Emperor, The Red Dragon controls the kingdom. He has imprisoned the rightful heir Princess Shining Moon and now seeks to destroy young Marco.

The voice over cast is headed by American pop singer Bobby Rydell as Marco Polo, while the evil Red Dragon is brilliantly voiced by Australian actor Kev Golsby. Over 100 animators and artists worked for two years on this production, Australia’s first animated feature film. From making animations since a teenager, director Eric Porter built his film production studio to become Australia’s largest.

Winner, Gold Award, AFI Awards, 1973

Winner, Best Direction, AFI Awards, 1973

Eric Porter also produced and directed the 1946 feature film A Son is Born, starring Peter Finch and Muriel Steinbeck.

Distributed by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Released by arrangement with Gaby Porter and John Porter. Copyright © Animation International Inc. and Copyright © Gaby Porter and John Porter For home use only.


Eric Porter


Eric Porter






NFSA, Eric Porter Studios

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