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I have a memory of watching a movie on TV when I was a kid. I wasn't familiar with anime at the time, but looking back I believe it was anime. I would have watched it sometime between 1982 and 1986 on broadcast TV in Cleveland, OH.

The plot focused on a man who was an apprentice magician or sorcerer. His master made him kidnap people, who would then be transformed into roughly human-shaped building blocks that the sorcerer then used to expand his castle. The apprentice knew what he was doing was evil, but went along with it to protect his little sister. He bides his time, covertly working to ultimately defeat his master and save all the people who have been taken and have used as building material.

That's the gist of the movie as I remember it, but I'm aware that memory is imperfect. Hopefully it's enough to be identifiable.

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Sounds like Unico in the Island of Magic

The summary on Wikipedia only mentions the block people being used as slaves, but they certainly look like they could be used as the walls in a castle.

Human-shaped building block

Otherwise, you still have the evil wizard and the young apprentice working to protect his sister while turning people into blocks.

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    That's it! Thank you. I guess I misremembered how the "living puppets" were used. And I don't remember a cute little unicorn at all, but after watching a YouTube clip, that's definitely the correct movie. – Jon Capps Dec 12 '12 at 16:54
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    I remember the movie with the block-people being used to build a castle, too. Weird. Thanks sweetdee! Edit: Just watched it. They are used to build a castle! – user4306 Mar 7 '13 at 9:05
  • This should not be shown to kids. It is dark and scary and yucky. – Doug Voss Dec 27 '16 at 2:12

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