Also known by its Japanese title, Doubutsu no Mori,
as well as Animal Forest
and Animal Crossing: The Movie, Animal Crossing
is an anime movie loosely based on the Animal Crossing
video game franchise. Since plot isn't exactly the original games' strong point, the movie takes an appropriately Slice of Life
approach to the source material. While the original was never released outside of Japan
, there are at least two different unofficial English fandubs—along with various subtitled versions on the Internet.
The movie begins in the spring, with Ai—a young girl moving to the town of Animal Forest (Animal Town or Animal Village in the unofficial dubs). As she enters the town, she gets to know the locals. She quickly befriends several of them: Rosie the cat (Bouquet in the Japanese version), Alfonso the alligator (Alfred/Halberd), Margie the elephant (Sally) and Yuu, a human from a different town who visits often. Margie especially becomes Ai's closest friend, after they bond over cherries.
Margie even shares with Ai her dream of becoming a famous fashion designer. In the coming months, they go to festivals, annoy (and get annoyed by) Yuu and Alfonso, and get wrapped up in an unusual mystery involving bottled letters, and special spots in town...
There's more to it than that, but everything that happens in Autumn and beyond is somewhat... less cute and happy.
Will Ai and her friends solve the mystery of the bottled letters? But more importantly... will Ai be able to stay happy living in Animal Town?
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