Rascal the Raccoon

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Rascal the Raccoon
Rascal, el mapache.JPG
Screenshot of the opening logo of Araiguma Rascal
(Araiguma Rasukaru)
Genre Drama
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Saitô and Seiji Endô (1-29)
Shigeo Koshi (30-52)
Studio Nippon Animation
Network Fuji TV
Original run 2 January 197725 December 1977
Episodes 52

Rascal the Raccoon (あらいぐまラスカル Araiguma Rasukaru?) is a Japanese anime series by Nippon Animation.[1] It is based on the 1963 autobiographical novel Rascal, A Memoir of a Better Era by Sterling North.


The series uses two pieces of theme music for the opening theme and the ending theme. The opening theme song is called "Rock River e" (ロックリバーヘ Rokku Ribâ e?, lit. "To Rock River"), and the ending theme is "Oide Rascal" (おいでラスカル Oide Rasukaru?, lit. "Rascal Come"), both sung by the Japanese vocalist by Kumiko Oosugi. The opening theme was later used as the main gameplay theme for the 1981 arcade game Frogger.

Japan's import of raccoons[edit]

In Japan, up to 1,500 raccoons were imported as pets each year after the success of Rascal the Raccoon (1977). In 2004, the descendants of discarded or escaped animals lived in 42 of 47 prefectures.[2]

Video game[edit]

  • Araiguma Rascal: Raccoon Rascal, puzzle game developed by J-Force and published by Masaya on 25 March 1994 for the Super Famicom.


  1. ^ "Araiguma rasukaru" (1977) The Internet Movie Database (Retrieved 3 October 2009)
  2. ^ Yoshida, Reiji (2004-09-16). "Raccoons – new foreign menace?". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times Ltd. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 

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