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Created by Toei Animation in 1963 and very loosely based on the story of The 47 Ronin, Doggie March is about a puppy named Rock, whose mother is killed by an evil tiger named Killer and a fox named Akamimi. After his friends manage to get him to an alley (where they assume he will be safe from Killer), Rock forms an army of dogs to get revenge on the villains, who are now plotting to find and kill him.
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Notable for its more wacky style of animation, the film has never been dubbed into English, and seems to have fallen into obscurity. It does have one claim to fame however. It was the first movie that was worked on by an obscure artist named Hayao Miyazaki! Fans of Toei may also recognize Rabi the Rabbit, whose design came from The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon.


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  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Rabi is a rabbit, and is clearly designed to be loveable and endearing.
  • Butt-Monkey: Akamimi is frequently abused by Killer, beaten up by Shiro, bitten by a puppy, whacked with thorns, attacked by bees and ends the movie being electrocuted to death right after getting part of his tail ripped off.
  • Cats are Mean: All of the big cats in the movie are antagonistic. A tiger named Killer is the primary villain.
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  • Cruel Elephant: An especially nasty one becomes one of Killer’s minions later in the film.
  • Disappeared Dad: Rock’s father is never seen.
  • Disney Villain Death: After a fight on top of a roller coaster, Killer falls to his death.
  • Foul Fox: Akamimi certainly qualifies. He terrorizes the forest animals and takes great pleasure in beating up those smaller than him.
  • Heroic Canines, Villainous Felines: Every dog is heroic, and the main villain is a tiger. There are also a bunch of aggressive lions, leopards and panthers working for that tiger.
  • Heroic Dog: As mentioned previously, every dog qualifies, although the alley dogs are a little rough around the edges at first.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When the alley dogs first meet Rock, they do heckle him, but when they hear what happened to his mother, they instantly join his cause.
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  • Killer Gorilla: One of Killer’s goons is a fearsome gorilla.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Played with. Killer starts off as a truly threatening and feared villain, but by the end of the film he is looking more comedic and pathetic.
    • The elephant is by far the least humorous of Killer’s minions. It nearly crushes Goro, and seems invincible before Goro finally brings it down.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Akamimi is comical and is subjected to a lot of slapstick, but the scenes where he terrorizes the forest animals (even killing a pheasant with ease) show that he is a genuine threat to them.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Rock is not a particularly big dog, even after he grows up, but he is able to go toe to toe with Killer and defeat him, as well as taking down a lion and a hyena beforehand. Even as a puppy he was able to put up a fight against Akamimi, who was much larger than him at the time.
    • Goro is bigger than Rock, but still dwarfed by Killer and his goons. Nevertheless, he is able to bring down not only a panther, but also the aforementioned elephant.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Killer is depicted as a terrifying menace who the entire forest fears. Akamimi the fox, while not entirely harmless, is subjected to a lot slapstick.

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