Kuruku

Being a child of the 80’s, I watched a lot of movies when I was little.  Some I remember perfectly and I’ve seen hundreds of times.  The Goonies, The Neverending Story and The Hobbitpretty much defined my chilhood tastes.  And really, not much has changed since then. 

Star Wars was, of course, a constant throughout my life.   

I had a healthy dose of Krull, Red Sonja and The Beastmaster thrown in to prepare me for the “adult” fantasy world.  In other words, there was no possible way that I wasn’t growing up to play RPG’s and go to faire in garb.

There were some movies however that I only saw while very young and for a long time only remembered the most random parts…

There’s a little girl.  And she lives down in the sewers and there’s a big fan.  Dad, what movie is that?  He naturally had no idea what I was talking about.  It wasn’t until years later while watching the movie again that I recognized it:  Aliens.  I didn’t remember the monsters or Ripley.  I remembered Newt hiding in the sewer.

One of my most cherished toys was a little dog-like creature.  It’s joints were silver and it had a face almost like a teddy bear.  I loved it.  I don’t know why or what it was, but I love it.  What was it?  Daggot from the original Battlestar Galactica.

Now this last one, I only very recently uncovered.  I had only a name to go off of…Kuruku.  And I knew that he was a puppet no one loved because I remember making my own out of thread spools and pipe cleaners so I could loved him.  I also knew it was anime.  I have spent years searching for the film and searching online for the name.  Finally I found it…Unico in the Island of Magic.  It is unfortunately very difficult to find and only available on VHS in English.  However, one kind soul has posted it on You Tube and I was able to watch the movie once again.  Once I did, so many  other memories flooded back. 

I’ve finally found Kuruku and with it, a precious piece of my childhood. 

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