Fables of the Green Forest

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Fables of the Green Forest
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Fables of the Green Forest poster
山ねずみ ロッキーチャック
(Rocky Chuck the Mountain Rat)
Genre Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Masaharu Endo
Produced by Shigehito Takahashi, Yoshinobu Nishizaki (Uncredited), Junzo Nakajima
Written by Hisao Okawa, Shigeki Chiba, Yoshiaki Yoshida
Music by Seiichiro Uno
Studio Zuiyo Eizo
Original network Fuji Television
English network
Original run 7 January 197330 December 1973
Episodes 52
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Fables of the Green Forest (山ねずみロッキーチャック?, Yama Nezumi Rokkī Chakku, lit. "Rocky Chuck, the Mountain Rat", also known as Rocky Chuck the Woodchuck, Chuck the Beaver and Johnny Chuck)[1] is an anime television series based on a series of books published in the 1910s and 1920s by Thornton W. Burgess which ran on the Japanese network Fuji Television from 7 January 1973 to 30 December 1973. It consists of 52 episodes and was created by the animation studio Zuiyo Eizo (the predecessor to Nippon Animation).

The series has been aired in many countries outside Japan, such as Germany (on Bayerischer Rundfunk), Spain (TVE), Romania (TVR 1), Portugal (RTP), Venezuela (VTV), the United Kingdom (ITV), Canada (TVOntario, dubbed in both English and French), and Hong Kong. The release of the series into Canada was done through ZIV International in 1978.

Synopsis[edit]

The series consists of the adventures of Johnny (or: Rocky), a woodchuck, and his mate Polly in the Green Forest. They make a lot of friends among their neighbours, and everyone works together to avoid the attacks of the different predators that put them in danger, such as man, the weasel, and the fox.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

01 – Spring comes to the Green Forest

02 – Johnny grows up

03 – Johnny builds his home

04 – Huge tracks in the forest

05 – Buster the bear comes to the Green Forest

06 – The monster of Poplar Hill

07 – Mischievous Chatterer

08 – Paddy Beaver comes to the forest

09 – The troublesome four

10 – Bob the Quail

11 – Sammy’s revenge

12 – Johnny’s secret door

13 – A gun in the forest

14 – Peter the Rabbit of Thorn Estate

15 – Old Mr. Toad

16 – Bobby Racoon is captured

17 – Paddy builds a dream house

18 – Poor Mrs. Quack

19 – The Search for Mr. Quack

20 – Granny fox and Reddy

21 – Sammy gets mocked

22 – The big commotion in the forest

23 – Buster the hero

24 – Traps in the forest

25 – Peter plays a prank

26 – The straw hat monster

27 – Mr. Condor comes to the forest

28 – The secret of Mr. Condor

29 – Reddy Fox keeps home

30 – Coyote is the smartest

31 – Longlegs the heron

32 – The importance of Paddy’s dam

33 – Bobby & Blackie Crow

34 – Grandfather Frog leaves the forest

35 – Granny Fox and the coyote

36 – Who’s a coward

37 – Lost in the Green Forest

38 – Reddy Fox and the sheep

39 – The big boast

40 – Johnny’s adventure

41 – Uncle Billy regrets

42 – Captive Chatterer

43 – Peter changes his name

44 – Tom and Bob the Quail

45 – The incident at moonlight party

46 – Sammy learns a lesson

47 – A gift Buster left behind

48 – Peter the imitator

49 – Danny in the snow

50 – Peter and the peach tree

51 – Whose footprint is the other one

52 – Johnny’s hibernation

Music[edit]

  • Opening Theme (Japanese version): Midori no Hidamari by Micchī (Mitsuko Horie) and Chatterers

In popular culture[edit]

In the 2014 anime Shirobako, protagonist Aoi Miyamori states that her favorite anime is "Andes Hedgehog Mountain Chucky", which features a predominantly animal cast and is inspired by Fables of the Green Forest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy. The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917. Stone Bridge Press, 2006. ISBN 1845765001. 

Jonathan Winters will provide all the off-camera voices for "Fables of the Green Forest," a new children's animated cartoon series. Simpson's Leader-Times, Friday, May 23, 1975, page 11

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