Never released on home video, Abra Cadabra is a 1983 Australian animated 3D film by director Alexander Stitt, presented here in 2D
Curated by The Sadnesses
Total Runtime: 1:24:24
Abra Cadabra is an Australian animated film, originally released in 1983. Its director and writer, Alexander Stitt, had gained some notoriety two years earlier with his debut feature, Grendel Grendel Grendel, which was an adaptation of John Gardner's famous postmodern novel telling Beowulf from the monster's point of view. After the modest success of that film, Stitt went on to write and direct this film, which uses a very similar visual style.
According to Patrick Robertson's "The Guinness Book of Film Facts and Feats", Abra Cadabra was the first animated feature to be released in a 3D viewing format, pre-dating Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (which is usually cited at the first 3D animated feature) by about two years. However, to the best of my knowledge, Abra Cadabra was a financial failure, and Alexander Stitt has not written or directed any films since. Also, it appears that this film has never gotten an official home video release, in any country, in any format. Interestingly, it was played on Nickelodeon a few times during the 1980s, which is the only exposure the film has gotten in North America.
It is from one of those Nickelodeon broadcasts that this copy of the film originates.