Does anyone else remember “Green Forest”?
Fables of the Green Forest was my first anime, although I only figured out recently that it was Japanese. I haven’t seen the show for almost 30 years, but some blurry memories come into focus after watching the intro:
There’s this group of talking animals – who wear clothes for some reason – living together as neighbours and enemies in a forest which borders a farm. I think we sometimes see the feet and legs of the human family living there, but I’m not sure we ever hear their voices. I don’t even remember any of the plots, but I assume they involved basic morality tales. What I do remember was being spellbound by the animation style that brought the animals and their adventures to life. Oh, and their voices. Was there a really high pitched one? The blue jay, maybe? And did Buster Bear have a super low voice? Sadly, I’m pretty sure none of them transformed into robots.
Another lasting impact of Green Forest were some common animal stereotypes that have turned out to be oh so true: foxes are murderous thieves, blue jays are pain in the ass loudmouths, weasels are nasty and friends to no one and rabbits are hair brained appetizers in waiting.
Thanks to Wikipedia I found out that Fables of the Green Forest – known by the somewhat disturbing Japanese title as Rocky Chuck the Mountain Rat (I always thought Rocky was a prairie dog) – was an anime adaptation of Thorton Burgess’ early 20th century children’s books. Two interesting things about Mr. Burgess: he wrote 15,000 stories and he was born in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
Anyways, does all this bring back any memories for you? Leave a comment if you can remember anything from Green Forest, especially individual storylines. I haven’t been able to find English episodes of the show, on Youtube or BitTorrents, so if you have a lead, please let me know.
Then again, maybe I shouldn’t pull a Wonder Woman – what an awful show that turned out to be on re-watching – and just leave Green Forest as a pleasant memory.