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Hols: Prince of the Sun (Taiyou no Ouji Horusu no Daibouken; also known as Horus: Prince of the Sun, The Little Norse Prince, and Little Norse Prince Valiant) is a 1968 Japanese animated film. It is best known for being an early work of Studio Ghibli's most famous talents Isao Takahata (who directed) and Hayao Miyazaki (who did many key frames and contributed many ideas) from back when they worked at Toei Animation. Hols had a notoriously troubled production, with Toei telling Takahata he would never direct again.

Set in an ancient northern country, a young boy named Hols (pictured on the left) embarks on a quest to defeat Grunwald, a demon who has destroyed countless villages, including his own. To do so, he must return to his father's people and reforge the ancient Sword of the Sun, which he pulls out of a resting rock golem named Mohg. Hols reaches his native village and meets Hilda (also pictured on the right), a girl similarly orphaned by Grunwald and subsequently cursed. With various forces turning the people against each other, Hols struggles to both protect the village and reforge the Sword.

Though almost unknown outside of Japan (with the exception of Italy), Hols was immensely influential on anime as a whole and is considered a classic, pioneering the artistic role of the director, the value of cinematography and composition, and film production periods of over eight months.

Discotek Media has managed to license the movie for a DVD release in the US, which was issued on December 23, 2014.

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Alternative Title(s): Horus Prince Of The Sun