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--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 [[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) 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... [[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 Town?
!!This film contains examples of:

* 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.]]
* BookEnds: The movie both begins and ends in spring, going through the year in between.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Whitney/Bianca. She especially warms up to Ai when [[spoiler: Margie/Sally moves away, and Ai is clearly distraght.]]
* 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.
* FunnyAnimal: Well... yeah.
* GenkiGirl: ''Rosie.'' Goodness gracious.
* 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.[[/note]]
** ScienceMarchesOn: 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 seisomosaurus for the rest of the movie, though.
* 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 Afronso.
* TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Margie/Sally is only the animal character in the movie to regularly wear shoes.
* TheOjou: Whitney/Bianca.
* RecurringExtra: Hopper, who shows up in the background fishing at least once a season.
* RunningGag: There are a few cuts to Hopper sitting at the riverside fishing here and there, never catching anything (at least never a fish, until the credits - the one he finally catches is a few inches long).
* ShipTease: Ai and Yuu 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.
* TastesLikeFriendship: Margie/Sally and Ai sharing cherries is what helps kickstart their friendship.
* ThemeNaming: The two human characters are named [[PunnyName Yuu and Ai]]. In the Japanese version, doubles as punny GratuitousEnglish, too.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Cesar and Cyrano are together in all their scenes.
* {{Tsundere}}: Yuu is actually a ''male'' version--he's a bit brash toward Ai, but does genuinely seem to like her.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Yuu, who's wearing a different costume every single time he appears.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Margie.