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 ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' video game franchise. Since plot isn't exactly the original games' strong point, the movie takes an appropriately SliceOfLife approach to the source material. While the original was [[NoExportForYou never released outside of Japan,]] there are at least two different unofficial English fandubs and various subtitled versions on the Internet.

The movie begins in spring and follows Ai, a young girl moving to the town of Animal Forest (or Town or Village, depending on which translation you're watching). As she settles into town, she gets to know the locals. She quickly befriends several of them: Rosie the cat (Bouquet in Japanese), Alfonso the alligator (Albert), Margie the elephant (Sally), and Yu, a human from a different town who visits often. Margie especially becomes Ai's closest friend, after they [[TastesLikeFriendship 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) Yu 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... [[DramaBomb 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 Forest?

!! This film contains examples of:

* AdaptationPersonalityChange:
** Whitney is a "[[LovableAlphaBitch snooty]]" villager in the games. "Snooty" villagers often act [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold act like jerks]] and are [[ItsAllAboutMe self centered.]] Whitney in the movie is [[AdaptationalHeroism significantly nicer]] than in the games, though she seems cold and aloof.
** Margie is a "[[TheGenericGuy normal]]" villager in the games. Despite their name they're anything but in ''Wild World,'' which the movie is based on. They're [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} oddball]] and [[SuperOCD neurotic]] animals who are friends with [[CompanionCube a mop.]] Margie in the movie is calm and into [[TheFashionista fashion.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Rosie plays this trope to a tee.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: An interesting case in that the original game was rather light on plot, so the film creates its own story instead.
* ArcWords: ''"Life's a lot like cherry pie..."''
* AscendedExtra: All the "villager" type townspeople, but especially Rosie, Margie, and Alfonso. In the games, they're just a few townspeople out of over a hundred. They're central characters here.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Tortimer, in a sense. He's a huge egotist and constantly worries about the results of the upcoming election (of which he's the only candidate), but he doesn't actually perform any mayoral duties. [[spoiler: In fact, it's revealed at the end of the film that the election had only one ballot; Tortimer, who voted for himself.]]
* BigEater: As with most "lazy" villagers, Alfonso is one. He ordered ''five hundred pies'' from Tom Nook!
* BookEnds: The movie both begins and ends in spring, going through the year in between.
* BuffoonishTomcat: While Roise is far from a complete buffoon, she is definitely more spacey than the other characters.
* DemotedToExtra: Rather important NPC characters like Tom Nook, Pelly, or Blathers don't have much of a presence as the film focuses on villagers. K.K. Slider, who's by far one of the game's most popular characters, only shows up during the festival scene (he pops up again during the credits, but only in a montage).
* DefrostingIceQueen: Whitney. She especially warms up to Ai when [[spoiler: Margie moves away, and Ai is clearly distraught.]]
* DramaBomb: [[spoiler: Margie just up and ''moving,'' telling everyone except for Ai. This often happens in the game itself.]]
* DubNameChange: The unofficial English dubs naturally use the characters' official English names.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Rosie's introduction, she incorrectly assumes that Ai "ran away from her hometown to heal her broken heart". [[spoiler:This is more or less what Margie does later in the movie.]]
* FunnyAnimal: The point of the series is that you're a TokenHuman living amongst anthropomorphic animals. The same applies here.
* GainaxEnding: The ending of the movie, [[spoiler: which has Ai stumble upon an UFO that creates a constellation in her likeness,]] isn't foreshadowed at all and doesn't make much sense even with the context of [[spoiler: the bottled letters that periodically show up.]]
* GenkiGirl: ''Rosie.'' Goodness gracious. Her first scene has her dance around her front yard and ask Ai if she's single!
* GoodTimesMontage: One near the beginning while transitioning from spring to summer. [[spoiler: There's a sad one when Ai realizes Margie is gone.]]
%%* HonorableElephant: Margie.
* InsufferableGenius: ''Blathers.'' The name is as appropriate as ever. That said, though, he still goofs by calling the ''Seismosaurus'' the largest animal ever. [[note]] The real largest is the blue whale, in case you didn't know. The ''Seismosaurus'' was also later found to actually be a ''Diplodocus'', which is sixth on the length scale of dinosaurs and tenth in weight scale. This is lampshaded somewhat by one fandub, where it is briefly acknowledged as a ''Diplodocus''. It's still referred to as a ''Seismosaurus'' for the rest of the movie, though.[[/note]]
* InterspeciesRomance: Rosie mentions it's rumored Whitney (a wolf) and Apollo (an eagle) used to be a couple. It's more or less confirmed after Whitney consoles Ai at the Roost.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Averted with Alfonso, who is a lovable and lazy BigEater.
* TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Margie is only the animal character in the movie to regularly wear shoes.
%%* {{Ojou}}: Whitney.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Certain things had to be changed that would come off as too cartoony in an adaptation, or that just wouldn't work. Mr. Resetti's role in the games has him getting upset when you shut off the games without saving; however, here he gets mad when characters mess up other people's property. Ai doesn't carry around large items in her inventory, she uses a bike to make deliveries. The dinosaur fossils are also life-sized compared to the shrunken down models from the games.
* RecurringExtra: Hopper, who shows up in the background fishing at least once a season.
* RibcageRidge: Ai and her friends eventually stumble on a giant seismosaurus fossil embedded in a cave wall. [[spoiler: In the film's climax, Yu has to climb up the fossil to retrieve a part of Gulliver's UFO.]]
* RunningGag: There are a few cuts to Hopper sitting at the riverside fishing here and there, never catching any fish (until the credits -- the one he finally catches is a few inches long).
* ShipTease: Ai and Yu towards the end of the film.
-->'''Ai:''' Boys will be boys, but maybe that's not such a bad thing.
* SliceOfLife: Just like the games it's inspired by.
* SweatDrop: Lampshaded. [[spoiler: As Gulliver is leaving the village, he sighs and tries to wipe a sweatdrop off of his head... only to fail because he's wearing a space helmet.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Apollo is a male one. Despite appearing distant throughout the film, he quickly forgives Ai for damaging his blue roses, [[spoiler:and sends Whitney a bouquet of them during the end credits.]]
* TastesLikeFriendship: Margie and Ai sharing cherries is what helps kickstart their friendship.
* ThemeNaming: The two human characters are named [[PunnyName Yu and Ai.]] In the Japanese version, doubles as punny GratuitousEnglish, too.
** In Japanese, Ai's and Yu's names squahed together translates to "friendship" (友愛).
* ThoseTwoGuys: Cesar and Cyrano are together in all their scenes.
* {{Tsundere}}: Yu is actually a ''male'' version -- he's a bit brash toward Ai, but does genuinely seem to like her.
* WomenAreWiser: A more downplayed example. Ai and Margie are portrayed as being more mature and level-headed than Yu and Alfonso. In addition, Roise and Ai especially seem to look down upon Yu and Alfonso until the end of the film. Doesn't apply to any of the other characters, though.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Yu, who's wearing a different costume every single time he appears.
%%* YamatoNadeshiko: Margie.