A 3-episode 3DCGI Original Video Animation in 2007 based on the Franchise of the same name, Sylvanian Families is what you get when you combine Slice of Life stories with Talking Animal and a diabetes-sized helping of sugar. Basically made in a different concept than the Western Animation counterpart but also made (at least in part) to cash in with the franchise it's based on, each of the stories were done accurately to the series's original concept, with a little deep surreal moments and regarding magic in between. The plot of the series varies from silly to being serious. This is the first anime to be based on the franchise (despite its Japanese origins) although the 1987 DiC TV series had been made with Japanese staff.
The series is animated by Dyna Method and directed by Akira Takamura of Kirby of the Stars and (believe it or not) Neon Genesis Evangelion, written by Hiroko Okada, produced by both Koji Kawaguchi of Doki Doki Pretty Cure and Yumiko Murai and songs composed by Koichiro Kameyama. All three episodes were released in the same date of June 20, 2007.
Each episodes as follows:
Heart Pounding Mischief MagicThe first OVA episode. It focuses on Rebecca and her friends trying to do a revenge prank on Buster, a fox whose magic causes trouble to the other Sylvanian friends. Thought he fell for it, he soon helps everyone to amend his mistakes.
The Longingly PrincessThe second OVA episode. This one involves Saffron's disagreement with her father's inventions driving her nuts. And also being a princess for the school's annual school play, in which she had problems. But she had a little help.
The Gift of the Shooting StarThe third and final OVA episode. It involves Rebecca and her friends finding the fragments of the Silvery Comet which landed on Acorn Mountain. Thought hilarity ensures that this is more of an expedition.
Tropes appearing include, but are not limited to:
- A Dog Named "Dog": Their Japanese names. Gladly the subtitles gave them much different names.
- All-CGI Cartoon
- All There in the Manual: Were thankful that the Japanese released the series with English Subtitles, but yet the character's names in English is different to the ones in the original version itself.
- An Aesop: With all three episodes having one hidden aesop each.
- Badass Adorable: The kids were this in varying degrees, basically the OVAs were focused on them.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal
- Cheerful Child: All of the kids, especially Piers.
- Character Development: Going in the lines of being dark sometimes, the kids were fleshed out even thought the series is just short.
- Conveniently Seated: The homeroom in Rebecca's class were this. Some of her friend were seated beside each other or in front.
- Darker and Edgier
- In the end of the first OVA, the kids pretended that they were invisble and Buster thinks they were in trouble. In reality they're just hiding from him, and pretending they're hurt or injured. Until Peirs got to scared on being invisible that he blew their cover.
- The entire third OVA is this, basically an expedition for the fragments of the comet turned a little grim.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Saffron in the 2nd OVA. She later becomes one in the play on the OVA's finale.
- Five-Man Band:
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Everyone in Sylvania were this.
- Good Parents: All the kids come from loving and healthy households that offer legitimately good advice and any punishments they dish out are almost always warranted.
- Gratuitous English
- Lighter and Softer: The entity of the OVAs were this softer and lighter compared to the 80's cartoon. However it sometimes crosses to being dark in some moments.
- Lucky Charms Title
- Meaningful Name / Theme Naming: A few characters in the OVAs had some. Especially Rebecca's Japanese and English names.
- The title itself is this. The word Sylvanian means "People Of The Forest".
- Merchandise-Driven: The settings in the animation were even based around the dollhouses of the franchise.
- No Antagonist
- No Communities Were Harmed: The OVAs were still set in the 1970's Great Britain countryside.
- No Export for You: The Japanese DVD release featured English subtitles but has yet to be released outside Japan.
- Quirky Town: Sylvania.
- Parental Favoritism: Completely averted. The parents are Good Parents that love their children equally.
- Petting Zoo People
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Pretty much all the parents shown.
- Scenery Porn: Compared to the western TV series, the OVA's background were well done in 3D, even the houses.
- Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: From Barefoot Cartoon Animal to Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal.
- Sugar Bowl
- Talking Animal