The beloved boy Viking character is back! Animated film Vic the Viking — The Magic Sword is hitting the screens in Taiwan today. This time around, Vic’s father, village chief Halvar, steals a magic sword from pirates that turns Vic’s mother into gold, and the clever hero ventures to a dangerous land to find the cure.
Based on children’s book Vicke Viking, the Viking boy first gained global fame when animated TV series Vicky the Viking was released in the 1970s. The show relates the adventures of a boy who uses his wits to help the people in his village. It was perhaps one of the most popular cartoons for Taiwan’s sixth and seventh graders, born in the 1970s and 1980s. The series inspired numerous pirate animations, including One Piece.
The new movie is based on animated TV series Vic the Viking aired in 2013-14, introducing the Norse thunder god Thor into the plot to add more excitement to the journey.
Photo courtesy of sky Films Entertainment照片︰華映娛樂提供
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. Viking n. 維京人、北歐人 (wei2 jing1 ren2, bei3 ou1 ren2)
2. pirate n. 海盜 (hai3 dao4)
3. wits n. 機智 (ji1 zhi4)
4. inspire v. 啟發 (qi3 fa1)
5. Thor n. 索爾 (suo2 er3)
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