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Cover of the First DVD Box Set released in Japan.
(Maple Town Monogatari)
|Genre||Adventure, Slice of life|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Junichi Sato|
|Produced by||Shinji Nabeshima (Asahi Broadcasting)
Azuma Kasuga (Asatsu Inc.)
|Written by||Shigeru Yanagawa|
|Music by||Akiko Kosaka|
Asahi Broadcasting Corporation
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||January 19, 1986 – January 11, 1987|
|Maple Town Monogatari|
|Directed by||Junichi Sato|
|Released||July 12, 1986|
|Anime television series|
|New Maple Town Stories: Palm Town Chapter|
|Directed by||Hiroshi Shidara|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||January 18 – December 27, 1987|
|New Maple Town Stories: Home Town Collection|
|Directed by||Hiroshi Shidara|
|Released||March 14, 1987|
Maple Town, also known as Maple Town Stories (Japanese: メイプルタウン物語 Hepburn: Meipuru Taun Monogatari), is a 1986 Japanese slice of life anime series created by Chifude Asakura and directed by Junichi Sato. The series, animated by Toei Animation, consists of 52 half-hour episodes, which aired on TV Asahi in Japan from January 19, 1986 to January 11, 1987. It focuses on the adventures of Patty Rabbit, Bobby Bear and their families, in a small utopian anthropomorphic city named Maple Town. The series was followed by a 50-episode sequel, New Maple Town Stories: Palm Town Chapter, which retained only Patty Rabbit (and her voice actor, Maya Okamoto) from both series, although Maple Town's citizens made cameos from time to time. To date, this has not had an official English release.
VHS compilations of Maple Town appeared in North America, Europe and Japan during the late 1980s and early 1990s. As of 2013, official DVDs of the show had surfaced in Japan, Spain and Hungary, with no release plans announced for other territories.
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Patty Hoperabbit, along with her family, arrives in Maple Town, a small town inhabited by friendly animals. However, in a train heist by the sly – if usually "endearingly unsuccessful" – thief, Wilde Wolf stole the mailbag from her father and escaped into the forest. Soon she followed after him to retrieve the mailbag. In the midst of getting the bag back from the thief, she befriends a boy of her age named Bobby Kumanoff who has the bag. After they escape from Wilde Wolf and outwit him, they deliver the mailbag safely to her father. Soon, the Rabbit Family settles in Maple Town as mail carriers and the bitter, yet sweet friendship of Patty and Bobby begins to blossom. At the same time they try to foil Wilde Wolf's plans.
- Hoperabbit Family – Patty (パティ), Marcel, Christine, Ann (アン) and Mick
- Kumanoff Family – Bobby (ボビー), Natasha, Nikolai, Kin, Kon and Kan
- Conderrick Family – Diana (ダイアナ), Hans, Chirine and Freddy
- The Cat Family – Mr. Cat and Mrs. Cat
- The Dog Family – Danny, Dr. Dog, Mrs. Dog and Donny
- The Squirrel Family – Suzie, Squire Squirrel, Mrs. Squirrel and Skippy
- The Pig Family – Penny, Mr. Pig, Mrs. Pig and Polly
- The Raccoon Family – Ruthie, Mr. Raccoon, Mrs. Raccoon and Roxie
- The Mouse Family – Missie, Mr. Mouse, Mrs. Mouse and Marty
- The Beaver Family – Bucky, Mr. Beaver, Mrs. Beaver and Bitsy
- The Badger Family – Bert, Mr. Badger, Mrs. Badger and Betty
- The Mole Family – Maggie, Mr. Mole, Mrs. Mole and Mikey
- Kirby Cat
- Mayor Dandy Lion
- Miss Deer
- Sheriff Barney Bulldog
- Oscar Otter
- Master Monkey
- Dr. Goat
- Wilde Wolf (aka Gretel)
- The Pike Family - Mrs. Jane, Mr. George, Alice
- The Cocker Family - Rolley, Mrs. Dahlia, Mr. Peter
- Marina Dietrich
- Gunter and Big Bro
- Series creator: Chifude Asakura
- Series director: Junichi Sato
- Assistant director: Kunihiko Ikuhara
- Production Company: Toei Animation and Asatsu
- VP of production: J. Edward Bergh
- Supervising director: Robert V. Barron
- Live action producer and director: Mary Jo Blue
- Music: Haim Saban and Shuki Levy
- Music coordination: Andrew Dimitroff
- Video editing: Larry Porsche
- Execultive Producers: Haim Saban, Edd Gripes and Ray Volpe
- Distribution: Saban/The Maltese Companies
- Janice Adams – Mrs. Maple (live-action segments)
- Karen Hartman – Hostess
- Rebecca Forstadt – Patty Rabbit (as Reba West)
- Wendee Lee – Bobby Bear
- Steve Kramer – Wilde Wolf
- Maureen O'Connell – Fannie Fox
- Barbara Goodson – Mikey Mole
- Ted Layman – Mayor Lion
- Maya Okamoto – Patty
- Yoku Shioya – Bobby
- Yusaku Yara – Gretel
- Reiko Mutō – Christine (Patty's Mother)
- Hideyuki Tanaka – Marcel (Patty's Father)
- Keiko Han – Ann (Patty's Sister)
- Mayumi Shô – Diana
- Satoko Yamano – Puripurin
- Chisato Nakajima – Judy
- Chieko Honda – Mary / Laura
- Chiyoko Kawashima – Mireille Pearson Antelope (Teacher)
- Yūko Mita – Cindy / Karl
- Akio Nojima – Harrison (Doctor)
- Kazuko Sugiyama – Jane
- Hiroshi Takemura – Johnny
- Hiromi Tsuru – Lala
- Eiko Yamada – Stella
- Nana Yamaguchi – Chirine
The series was produced by Toei Animation, Asatsu and Asahi Broadcasting, Maple Town was created by Chifude Asakura and directed by Sailor Moon's Junichi Sato. It served as one of the first projects for Kunihiko Ikuhara, who later joined the crew of Sailor Moon and Revolutionary Girl Utena. Ikuhara served as an assistant director and production manager for some of the show's later episodes.
In October 1986, toy manufacturer Tonka acquired the rights for US$2.5–3 million and became its US licensee, launching a toy line and ad campaign early the following year. An English-dubbed version, airing in tandem with the toy promotion, starred actress Janice Adams as Mrs. Maple in its book-ending live-action segments. Mrs. Maple was the only human inhabitant of the title town in this version, and she offered each episode's moral lesson. The voice cast included Reba West as Patty Rabbit and Steve Kramer as Wilde Wolf.
The English version of Maple Town was produced by Saban Entertainment and The Maltese Companies, the latter of which also produced Spiral Zone, another syndicated series with Tonka, and the 1988 animated feature Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw.
The original Maple Town series aired on Sunday mornings in Japan on TV Asahi, from January 19, 1986 until January 11, 1987. Following its 52nd episode, its follow-up, New Maple Town Story: Palm Town Chapter (新メイプルタウン物語-パームタウン編 Shin Maple Town Monogatari: Palm Town Hen), aired in the same time slot.
In late 1986, Saban Entertainment and toy maker Tonka picked it up for the North American market. The latter invested US$7 million on television ads for the toy line. An English dub premiered in barter syndication the following year before settling into a re-run cycle. The show could also be seen on children's cable channel Nickelodeon, where it aired until April 2, 1993. A 65-episode run was originally announced, but only 15 ever reached US television. Among the stations playing Maple Town at this time was WNYW, Fox's affiliate in New York City.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, European stations aired Maple Town in their various native languages. In Spain, TVE aired the program under the title La aldea del arce, starting in 1987. It also aired on RTL Veronique in the Netherlands (as Avonturen in Maple Town); in Finland under the title Seikkailumetsä; in Sweden as Äventyrsskogen; and on Hungary's RTL Klub channel as Juharfalvi történetek.
As with Japan, several other countries aired both series of the Maple Town franchise. In Italy, Mediaset's Italia 1 broadcast both iterations of Maple Town during the late 1980s (under the titles Maple Town: Un nido di simpatia and Evviva Palm Town). The combined series aired as Les petits malins (Rus - Все Хитрые) on FR3 in France at the time. On Nasza TV's showings in Poland, the show was known as Opowiesci z Klonowego Miasteczka and Opowiesci z Palmowego Miasteczka. In Hong Kong, Maple Town aired on the ATV network during 1991. Both shows also aired in Arabic speaking nations with the first series broadcast under أرنوبة ودبدوب (Arnoba Wa Dabdoob, Arnoba and Dabdood) and second airing under مدينة النخيل (Madina Al Nakheel, Palms Town)
During the 1990s, Toei Video released a ten-tape collection of Maple Town, each consisting of three episodes in their original airing order. In 2013, TC Entertainment released the original series in DVD box sets as part of Toei's Recollection Anime Library lineup. The first box set released on September 27, 2013 and the second set on October 30, 2013. Palm Town Chapter series was also released in the same label in November 27, 2013 for the first box set and in December 25, 2013 for the second box set.
Select episodes of Saban's US dub were released on VHS from late 1987 until 1990 by Family Home Entertainment and Tonka Home Video. Each tape consisted of two stories each, except for the first release, "Welcome to Maple Town". No less than eight English episodes were distributed in the UK by the now-defunct M.S.D. (Multiple Sound Distributors) label.
In the Netherlands, CNR Video released a Dutch dub of the first two episodes in 1992. The stories were entitled "De Overval op de Trein" and "Voor het eerst naar de nieuwe school" in the Dutch language.
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- (in Japanese) Official Toei Maple Town Monogatari site
- Maple Town Stories (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- New Maple Town Stories: Palm Town Chapter (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Maple Town Monogatari at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Shin Maple Town Monogatari: Palm Town Hen at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Maple Town on IMDb
- Palm Town on IMDb
- Maple Town at TV.com
- Review of the English version by Ellen Klein, Rock Hill Herald of South Carolina (May 30, 1987) (via Google News Archive); spotlights "The Case of the Missing Candy"