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YMMV / Maple Town

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  • Friendly Fandoms: Against all odds, the franchise enjoyed a friendly fandom with Sylvanian Families despite both franchises coming out at around the same time (Maple Town toys started appearing a year later, in 1986) and both selling little plush figurines, dollhouse furniture and dollhouses (although Maple Town figurines were originally hard plastic, they switched to making plush figurines pretty quickly). It makes more sense when you realize that Haim Saban and Shuki Levy were involved in the Animated Adaptations of both projects (although their contribution to Sylvanian Families was minimal at best). Fans of the respective franchises consider the other to be a sister franchise.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Maple Town is beloved in some parts of Europe, such as Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium. However, Maple Town is very beloved and more well-known in Spain where it's known as La aldea del Arce. Spain is one of the few countries besides Japan that has been able to gain a home video release of the series on both DVD and VHS. In Spain, the anime gained a complete DVD set, unlike in other countries. Some Patty and Bobby figurines were also exclusively made in Spain.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Wilde Wolf was voiced by Steve Kramer. A few years later, Kramer went on to voice the wolf in the "Little Red Riding Hood" episode of Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics.
  • Macekre: Sort of. There was no "Mrs. Maple" character in the Japanese version.
  • Moe:
    • Oh God, Patty! Why are you so cute???
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    • Rolley is moe too. Although she is only known in markets that get the Palm Town episodes.
  • Popular with Furries: Spanish, Dutch, North American and Japanese furries who grew up in the 80's had fond memories of the series. This is especially true in Spain, where the series gained DVD releases. It helps that the series had a cute and nostalgic setting.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Robotech fans watching Maple Town will recognize Patty Rabbit as also being the voice of Lynn Minmay, both performed by Rebecca Forstadt.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Maple Town is commonly compared to the 1974 anime Heidi, Girl of the Alps (including the CGI series by Studio 100), due to both being set in a town located in a peaceful countryside. Some even describe Maple Town as the Anthropomorphic Animal version of Heidi. Even Patty is sometimes compared to Heidi, both in personality and their carefree life with both of their friends.
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  • Tastes Like Diabetes: What the opening theme initially leads the average viewer to believe. Thankfully averted due to the engaging storylines throughout.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some viewers were unhappy with Palm Town for taking Patty out of Maple Town and to a completely different and more contemporary setting. The absence of the Maple Town characters, save for a few cameos, also contributed to this.
  • The Woobie: If a character takes the spotlight in an episode, you can bet they're going to be this.


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