Enchanted Journey (film)

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Enchanted Journey
Enchanted Journey Cover.jpg
Region 0 DVD cover (2003)
Directed byHideo Nishimaki
Produced byKiichirou Nohara
Screenplay byYasuo Tanami
Based onGurikku no Bōken
by Atsuo Saitō
Music byReijiro Koroku
Release date
    • July 21, 1981 (1981-07-21) (Japan)
    • July 1986 (1986-07) (United States)

Enchanted Journey, released in Japan as Gurikku no Bōken (グリックの冒険, lit. The Adventures of Glikko), is a 1981 Japanese anime film directed by Hideo Nishimaki and based on the book of the same name by Atsuo Saitō.


A domestically raised chipmunk, Glikko, befriends a carrier pigeon named Pippo (pee-poh), who tells Glikko of an enormous forest where chipmunks roam free. Enthralled by the story, Glikko leaves his home in the city and sister in search of the Vast North Forest. Along the way he meets up with another chipmunk named Nono, whom Glikko reluctantly allows to accompany him. On their journey they are faced with dangers such as predators (including foxes and hawks) and the winter climate.


Character Voice (Japanese) Voice (English)
Glikko Yuu Mizushima Lionel Wilson
Gamba Takeshi Aono Jim Backus
Nono Youko Asagami Corinne Orr
Pippo Kousei Tomita Orson Welles
Fluff Rihoko Yoshida
Nono's Mother

Production and release[edit]

The Enchanted Journey is based on the book by Atsuo Saitō,[1] originally published in 1970.[3] The film was produced by Studio Korumi,[citation needed] and released in Japanese theaters on July 21, 1981.[1] In the United States, an English-dubbed version with the voices of Jim Backus and Orson Welles aired on the HBO network (in July 1986),[4] and on the Family Channel (in March 1996).[5] This version was released on VHS by Hi-Tops Video several months after the HBO airing.[6]

Date Producer Distributor Country Media Languages
1981-07-01 Studio Korumi[citation needed] Japan (premier) Ja
1986-07 HBO[2] United States TV broadcast En
1986 Hi-Tops Video[7] United States VHS En
1996-03 The Family Channel[5] United States TV broadcast En
1997-03-01 [citation needed] Japan VHS Ja
2003 Blast Films[8] United States DVD En
2004-01-06 Vintage Home Entertainment[citation needed] DVD


  1. ^ a b c d "Movie details for グリックの冒険 (1981)". Allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Monday: Daytime Listings". Rome News-Tribune TV Trib Viewers Guide. July 3, 1986. p. 19. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Catalogue information for グリックの冒険 / Gurikku no bōken". WorldCat. Online Computer Library Center. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Monday: Daytime Listings". Rome News-Tribune TV Trib Viewers Guide. July 3, 1986. p. 19. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Harris, Lee (March 24, 1996). "Shows for Youngsters and Their Parents Too: An Eagle Scout's heroic story encores on HBO; ABC offers a double bill for kids; Family's 'Journey'". Los Angeles Times. p. 6 (TV Times). Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Kaminsky, Akiva (October 4, 1986). "Hi-Tops Builds Muscle In Kidvid Wars: Firm Has $20 Million Budgeted For 2 Years". Billboard. VNU/Nielsen Business Media. 98 (40): 47. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Catalogue information for "Enchanted Journey (1986, Blast Films, VHS)". WorldCat. Online Computer Library Center. 2017-01-17.
  8. ^ "Catalogue information for "Enchanted Journey (Blast Films, DVD, 2003)"". WorldCat. Online Computer Library Center. 2003-01-01.

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