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)
GenreAdventure
Anime television series
Directed byMasaharu Endō
Produced byShigehito Takahashi
Yoshinobu Nishizaki (Uncredited)
Junzō Nakajima
Written byYūji Tanno
Music bySeiichirō Uno
StudioZuiyo Eizo
Original networkFuji Television
English network
Original run 7 January 1973 30 December 1973
Episodes52
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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 (pronunciation: /ˈfbəls/ /ʌv/ /ði/ /ɡrin/ /ˈfɔːrɪst/)[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 Italy (on TMC), Germany (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]

# Title Air Date
1"Spring Comes to the Green Forest"7 January 1973
Spring Comes to the Green Forest, the very first episode of the Fables of the Green Forest takes place in the Green Forest and introduces Rocky (Johnny) and company who sets out to bring spring to the green forest. One day, for instance, Rocky and his friends are going to the Spring Festival, but first, here's some information to help them retrieve the--Very Special Spring Term of the Other World.
2"Johnny Grows Up"14 January 1973
3"Johnny Builds His Home"21 January 1973
4"Huge Tracks in the Forest"28 January 1973
5"Buster Bear Comes to the Green Forest"5 February 1973
6"The Monster of Poplar Hill"12 February 1973
7"Mischievous Chatterer"19 February 1973
8"Paddy Beaver Comes to the Forest"26 February 1973
9"The Troublesome Four"5 March 1973
10"Bob the Quail"12 March 1973
11"Sammy's Revenge"19 March 1973
12"Johnny's Secret Door"26 March 1973
Reddy discovers Johnny secret exit, forcing him to build another one. His mate Polly gets lost until Johnny finds her.
13"A Gun in the Forest"2 April 1973
14"Peter the Rabbit of Thorn Estate"9 April 1973
15"Old Mr. Toad"16 April 1973
16"Bobby Raccoon is Captured"23 April 1973
17"Paddy Builds a Dream House"30 April 1973
18"Poor Mrs. Quack"7 May 1973
19"The Search for Mr. Quack"14 May 1973
20"Granny Fox and Reddy"21 May 1973
21"Sammy Gets Mocked"28 May 1973
22"The Big Commotion in the Forest"4 June 1973
23"Buster the Hero"11 June 1973
24"Traps in the Forest"18 June 1973
25"Peter Plays a Prank"25 June 1973
26"The Straw Hat Monster"1 July 1973
27"Mr. Condor Comes to the Forest"8 July 1973
28"The Secret of Mr. Condor"15 July 1973
29"Reddy Fox Keeps Home"22 July 1973
30"Coyote is the Smartest"29 July 1973
31"Longlegs the Heron"5 August 1973
32"The Importance of Paddy's Dam"12 August 1973
33"Bobby & Blackie Crow"19 August 1973
34"Grandfather Frog Leaves the Forest"26 August 1973
35"Granny Fox and the Coyote"2 September 1973
36"Who's a Coward"9 September 1973
37"Lost in the Green Forest"16 September 1973
38"Reddy Fox and the Sheep"23 September 1973
39"The Big Boast"30 September 1973
40"Johnny's Adventure"7 October 1973
41"Uncle Billy Regrets"14 October 1973
42"Captive Chatterer"21 October 1973
43"Peter Changes His Name"28 October 1973
44"Tom and Bob the Quail"4 November 1973
45"The Incident at Moonlight Party"11 November 1973
46"Sammy Learns a Lesson"18 November 1973
47"A Gift Buster Left Behind"25 November 1973
48"Peter the Imitator"2 December 1973
49"Danny in the Snow"9 December 1973
50"Peter and the Peach Tree"16 December 1973
51"Whose Footprint is the Other One"23 December 1973
52"Johnny's Hibernation"30 December 1973

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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