The Bush Baby

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Bush Baby, Little Angel of the Grasslands
Jackie y su mascota.JPG
Screenshot of the opening logo from The Bush Baby
大草原の小さな天使 ブッシュベイビー
(Daisougen no Chiisana Tenshi Busshubeibī)
Genre Adventure, Drama
Anime television series
Directed by Takayoshi Suzuki
Studio Nippon Animation
Network TV Tokyo
Original run January 12, 1992December 20, 1992
Episodes 40
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Bush Baby, Little Angel of the Grasslands (大草原の小さな天使 ブッシュベイビー Daisougen no Chiisana Tenshi Busshubeibī?), shortened as The Bush Baby, is the title of a 1992 anime series consisting of forty 25-minute episodes. It is based on the novel The Bushbabies (1965) by Canadian author William Stevenson.

The series is part of Fuji Television and Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater, which consists of anime TV series adaptations of classic children's books. It has also been broadcast internationally on networks such as Antena 3 (Spain), Italia 1 (Italy), Tele 5 (Germany), ORF1 (Austria), ABS-CBN (Philippines), GMA 7 (Philippines), Quality TeleVision (Philippines), and RTM2 (Malaysia).

Summary[edit]

In 1964, a thirteen year-old British girl named Jackie Rhodes living in Kenya travels the savannah in the area of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya, where her father is an Animal Protection/ Wildlife Officer. Jackie finds an ill animal called a Bushbaby, whereupon she adopts him, calls him Murphy, and nurses him back to health. Murphy, Jackie, her family and their friends go on many adventures involving wild animals, poachers and more. When her father loses his job, the family prepares to return to England where they came from. At Mombasa, right before they are about to leave, Jackie realizes that she has lost the papers for her pet bushbaby, Murphy. She leaves the ship heading for England and it sets sail without her. Luckily, she meets Tenbo, her father's loyal African assistant. Tenbo has been spying on the export warehouse of some poachers and is now being pursued by them. In addition, a manhunt for Tenbo has begun because people think he has kidnapped Jackie. They must cross the dangerous savannah to escape the poachers and police officers chasing them. Along the way, Jackie teaches the now domesticated Murphy to survive in the wild, so that, before she leaves, she can release him in his natural habitat.

Characters[edit]

Jacqueline Rhodes (ジャックリーヌ·ローズ Jakkurīnu Rōzu?)
Voiced by: Maya Okamoto
AKA Jackie (ジャッキー Jakkī?), is the main character of the series. She is a 13-year-old British girl who has been fascinated by Africa since childhood. She is energetic, tomboyish and has a strong sense of justice influenced by her father in protecting African wildlife. She often goes on adventures with her pet bushbaby, Murphy. She is good at horseback riding.
Murphy (マーフィ Māfi?)
Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori
A young bushbaby Jackie raises to be her pet. He ran away when his home was disturbed and got injured by a vehicle Arthur was driving. He is brought home and nursed back to health by Jackie. He becomes hyperactive and impish as he grows up. He likes mint candy but easily get intoxicated like a drunk and fall asleep. Jackie takes advantage of this and uses it as bait to calm him down.
Andrew Rhodes (アンドルー·ローズ Andorū Rōzu?)
Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru
Jackie's older brother. Like his father, he dreams of becoming a wildlife protection officer, but is also interested in becoming a veterinarian after he meets Hanna. He has a pet chameleon named Ben.
Arthur Rhodes (アーサー·ローズ Āsā Rōzu?)
Voiced by: Takaya Hashi
Jackie and Andrew's father. He is the wildlife protection officer patrolling the sanctuary.
Penny Rhodes (ペニー·ローズ Penī Rōzu?)
Voiced by: Kumiko Takizawa
Jackie and Andrew's mother. Her hobbies are drawing and painting.
Kate Addleton (ケイト·アドルトン Keito Adoruton?)
Voiced by: Miyuki Matsushita
Kate is Jackie's best friend and classmate at school.
Laisa Addleton (ライサ·アドルトン Raisa Adoruton?)
Voiced by: Ai Satou
Kate's mother. She owns and runs the coffee farm.
Micky (ミッキー·ビル Mikkī Biru?)
Voiced by: Youko Matsuoka
Jackie's classmate at school. A mischievous boy who likes to cause trouble for Jackie and Kate.
Tenbo (テンボ·ムルンビ Tenbo Murunbi?)
Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi
Arthur's assistant in protecting the wildlife sanctuary and Jackie's friend. An ex-soldier and brave warrior from a Camba tribe. He is good at playing the harmonica but poor at swimming.
Henry Rutherford (ヘンリー·ラザフォード Henrī Razafōdo?)
Voiced by: Bin Shimada
Henry is Laisa's younger brother and Kate's uncle. He is an engineer from an airline industry.
Hanna Kaufmann (ハンナ·カウフマン Hanna Kaufuman?)
Voiced by: Youko Sasaki
She is the veterinarian.
Professor Crankshaw (クランクショウ博士 Kurankushou-hakushi?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata
He is an archaeologist living in Kenya for more than 30 years. He travels all around Africa to find and excavate ruins of lost civilizations. He flies around these sites using his airplane, which he nicknamed Mother Goose.
Hawa (ハワ Hawa?)
Voiced by: Mami Matsui
She is a helper working at the Rhodes' household.

List of episodes[edit]

# Episode Title Original Air Date
01 (草原で拾った赤ちゃん)  January 12, 1992
02 (死なないでマーフィ)  January 19, 1992
03 "Shikakeya Rōzu" (しかけやローズ)  January 26, 1992
04 "Search for the Nursing Bottle"
(哺乳ビンをさがせ) 
February 02, 1992
05 (傷ついた象)  February 16, 1992
06 (マーフィの病気)  February 19, 1992
07 "Hanna, the Female Veterinarian"
(女性獣医ハンナ) 
February 23, 1992
08 "The Professor's Plane"
"Hakase no Hikouki" (博士の飛行機) 
March 01, 1992
09 (真夜中のお散歩)  March 08, 1992
10 (修理屋ダン·ムーア)  March 15, 1992
11 (探偵団結成!)  March 22, 1992
12 (ハッカアメと密猟者)  April 19, 1992
13 "Detective Group plus 1"
(探偵団プラス1) 
April 26, 1992
14 (ヒヒの襲撃)  May 03, 1992
15 "The Mysterious Baobab Tree"
(ふしぎな木バオバブ) 
May 10, 1992
16 (秘密のほらあな)  May 17, 1992
17 (密猟団現わる)  May 24, 1992
18 (チョッキ騒動)  May 31, 1992
19 (運命のはじまり)  June 07, 1992
20 (霧のキリマンジャロ)  June 14, 1992
21 "Goodbye, Kate"
"Sayounara Keito" (さようならケイト) 
June 21, 1992
22 "The Permit is Gone"
(無くなった許可証) 
June 28, 1992
23 (波止場の大事件)  July 12, 1992
24 "Alone in Africa"
"Afurika Hitori Bocchi" (アフリカひとりぼっち) 
August 08, 1992
25 "An Arrest Warrant for Tenbo!?"
"Tenbo ni Taihojou!?" (テンボに逮捕状!?) 
August 16, 1992
26 "Murphy's Misfortune"
"Māfi no Sainan" (マーフィの災難) 
August 23, 1992
27 (追う人、追われる人)  August 30, 1992
28 (密林の象たち)  September 06, 1992
29 (野生を取りもどせ!!)  September 13, 1992
30 "Law of the Savannah"
"Sabanna no Okite" (サバンナのおきて) 
September 20, 1992
31 "Poisoned Arrow and Harmonica"
"Dokuya to Hāmonika" (毒矢とハーモニカ) 
September 27, 1992
32 "Yasashii Senshi Tenbo" (やさしい戦士·テンボ)  October 25, 1992
33 "Run Towards the Flames!"
(炎に向かって走れ!) 
November 01, 1992
34 "Cabin of the Masai Tribe"
(マサイ族の小屋) 
November 08, 1992
35 "Jackie Collapses!!"
"Jakkī Taoreru!!" (ジャッキー倒れる!!) 
November 15, 1992
36 (豹と二人の戦士)  November 22, 1992
37 "Memories on a Rainy Day"
(雨の日の思い出) 
November 29, 1992
38 (列車が流される!?)  December 06, 1992
39 (駈けぬけろマーフィ)  December 13, 1992
40 "Goodbye, Murphy"
"Māfi no Sayounara" (マーフィのさようなら) 
December 20, 1992

Music[edit]

Opening Theme

  • "APOLLO": Eps. 01 - 22
    Lyrics and composition by: Shinji Tanimura
    Arrangement by: Yasuo Sakou
    Song by: Yasuhide Sawa
  • "A Smile as Prologue" (微笑みでプロローグ Hohoemi de Purorōgu?): Eps. 23 - 40
    Lyrics by: Neko Oikawa
    Composition by: Masayuki Kishi
    Arrangement by: Kazuo Shinoda
    Song by: Satoko Yamano

Ending Theme

  • "I'll Turn into a Bird" (鳥になる Tori ni Naru?)
    Lyrics and composition by: Shinji Tanimura
    Arrangement by: Yasuo Sakou
    Song by: Maya Okamoto

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