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[[ThemeTune My favorite place to be... Maple Town and me.]]

''Maple Town'' (''Maple Town Monogatari'') was an animated television series, created by Chifude Asakura, produced by Creator/ToeiAnimation of Japan and originally broadcast on that country's TV Asahi in 1986 and 1987. The show centered on a community of anthropomorphic animals; its main characters were Patty Rabbit and her friend, Bobby Bear. The town was an impossibly friendly, cheerful place, with the only trouble being caused by the thieving swindler, Wild Wolf, and occasionally by the bratty but generally good-hearted [[AlphaBitch Fanny Fox]]. The series is also noteworthy for being an early directorial job for series director Junichi Sato, who would soon become world famous as director of ''Manga/SailorMoon''.

In the U.S., Creator/SabanEntertainment produced a partial English dub of the series, and added a live-action segment focusing on the moral of each episode, starring Janice Adams as Mrs. Maple. This version aired in syndication and on {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} from 1987 to 1993, and the accompanying toy line was released in the United States by Creator/{{Tonka}}.

After 50 episodes, the series underwent a format change and changed its name to "New Maple Town Stories: Palm Town Chapter." In this new series, Patty Rabbit moves away from the forested Maple Town (thus making the title rather misleading) and to a new setting, the tropical Palm Town. Waiting for her there are a new group of friends and troublemakers. None of the other Maple Town denizens tag along, making Patty the only regular character in both series. This move proved unpopular, and the series ended about a year after the change. Note that none of the Palm Town episodes were ever dubbed into English.

The show aired in many other countries, too, including France, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Netherlands.

Not to be confused with VideoGame/MapleStory. See also WesternAnimation/SylvanianFamilies.

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!!''Maple Town'' contains examples of:

* AlliterativeName: In the American version, this applied for almost every character (save for Patty): Danny Dog, Fanny Fox, Barney Bulldog, Suzie Squirrel, Roxie Raccoon...
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: Every country has its own unique theme song. The Spanish dub, La Aldea Del Arce, got a song called "Shamalele Shamala". The Italian dubs of both Maple Town and Palm Town had their songs performed by Italian pop singer Cristina D'Avena.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The intro is far more cutesy and surreal than the show itself.
* BittersweetEnding: In both series. Patty is happy that she can live with her auntie in Palm Town however, this means goodbye for her close friend Bobby. The good thing is she promised to return someday. This is taken a bit further in the Palm Town Chapter.
* CheerfulChild: Patty, as well as several other cast members.
* CompilationMovie: Played straight with the Palm Town movie, which was just the first episode of the series with footage from the final episodes of Maple Town spliced in. Averted with the Maple Town movie, which was an original story.
* DubNameChange: Patty "Rabbit" was originally called Patty "Hoprabbit" in the original Japanese version, with Bobby "Bear" being called Bobby "Kumanoff".[[note]]"Kuma" is Japanese for "bear".[[/note]]
* ForgedMessage: One episode dealt with Mayor Dandy Lion making himself sick over not getting an answer from a letter he sent to his estranged daughter. Patty Rabbit and her big sister write their own letter (writing it as if the mayor's daughter sent it) and send it to Mayor Lion in order to make him feel better.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: One episode had wine referred to as "grape juice", but shortly after, one of the voice actors slipped up and called it "wine".
* GhibliHills: The late Kazuo Komatsubara, character designer for ''Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', was an animation director on this show.
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* LoopedLyrics: The dub theme only has two verses, with the second one repeated throughout.
* MarketBasedTitle:
** The Japanese version is called Maple Town "Monogatari" ("Story" / "Stories")
** The Spanish (Spain) version is called "La Aldea de Arce" (literally, "Maple 'Village'").
** In France, it's called "Les Petits Malins" (referring to the characters, rather than where they live).
* MerchandiseDriven: Figures of the characters along with playsets and vehicles were available during the initial run of the series. This was towards the end of TheEighties when economic downturn and a market already saturated with licensed toys were present. In fact, this even led to a theory about why the later episodes of Maple Town and the sequel series were not released in the USA - the merchandise simply didn't live up to expectations.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: And how. The animation staff for this series consisted of several names who were already well known in the industry, including Kazuo Komatsubara (''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', ''Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'') and Shingo Araki (''Anime/SaintSeiya'', ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''), and others who would be, including director Junichi Sato (''Manga/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', ''Anime/JunkersComeHere'') and assistant director Kunihiko Ikuhara (''Sailor Moon'', ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'').
* NoCartoonFish: Or birds, for that matter.
* PuppyDogEyes: Rolley from ''Palm Town''. Literally... she's a cocker spaniel.
* RetroUniverse: Wardrobes of the characters resemble the first half of the 20th century as does the technology. Old-fashioned automobiles, phones, radios, and microphones appear plus there's a noticeable lack of television, computers, video games, etc. Some sources claim the first series is set in 1920s Canada, but it does end up being established that both Maple Town and its sequel, Palm Town, are indeed set in the later half of TheEighties - in spite of the retro setting of Maple Town. During an episode of Palm Town, Patty Rabbit even received a letter dated 1987!
* {{Schoolmarm}}: Played straight with Miss Deer. She was the sole teacher in Maple Town, teaching students of various ages (including Patty's older sister, implied to be older than everyone else) and located in a small schoolhouse.
* ScrewySquirrel: Bobby's three brothers (Kin, Kun and Ken) in several of the original episodes.
* ShortAnimeMovie: Two of them, released theatrically. The one for ''Palm Town'' had an extended flashback sequence edited from the original series' finale.
* SpeciesSurname: The original Japanese version was clever in this respect: many character surnames are formed from Japanese words associated with said species, plus European roots. For example: Bobby Kumanoff (Japanese ''kuma'', or bear + Russian ''noff'' (''nov'').
* TitleThemeTune: In both versions.
* VocalDissonance: Bobby and Johnny, at least in the Japanese version, sound more like they're in their 20s...
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