Fables of the Green Forest
Fables of the Green Forest poster
山ねずみ ロッキーチャック
(Rocky Chuck the Mountain Rat)
GenreAdventure
Anime television series
Directed byMasaharu Endō
Produced byShigehito Takahashi
Yoshinobu Nishizaki (Uncredited)
Junzō Nakajima
Written byYūji Tanno
Music bySeiichirō Uno
StudioZuiyo Eizo
Original networkFuji Television
English network
Original run 7 January 1973 30 December 1973
Episodes52
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Fables of the Green Forest (山ねずみロッキーチャック, Yama Nezumi Rokkī Chakku, lit. "Rocky Chuck, the Mountain Rat", also known as Rocky Chuck the Woodchuck, Chuck the Beaver and Johnny Chuck)[1] is an anime television series based on a series of books published in the 1910s and 1920s by Thornton W. Burgess which ran on the Japanese network Fuji Television from 7 January 1973 to 30 December 1973. It consists of 52 episodes and was the first series produced by the animation studio Zuiyo Eizo (now known as Nippon Animation).

The series has been aired in many countries outside Japan, such as Italy (on TMC), Germany (Bayerischer Rundfunk), Spain (TVE), Romania (TVR 1), Portugal (RTP), Venezuela (VTV), the United Kingdom (ITV / Channel 4), Canada (TVOntario, Knowledge Network and CBLFT-DT, dubbed in both English and French), Saudi Arabia (Saudi 2), Australia (Network Ten), Ireland (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), Israel (Channel 2 dubbed in Hebrew), the Emirates (Dubai 33), Nigeria (NTA), Cyprus (METV), New Zealand (TV One), Brazil (SBT), the Netherlands (TROS), Malaysia (Network Two), Singapore (Mediacorp Channel 5), Indonesia (RCTI), South Africa (SABC2), Namibia (SWABC, back when it was known as South West Africa at the time), Hong Kong (both ATV and TVB) and Trinidad and Tobago (TTT).

The release of the series into Canada was done through ZIV International in 1978.

In the United Kingdom, the original transmission of the series as aforementioned on the ITV network was cut short, with only the first 30 episodes being broadcast in 1982, because the series was dropped due to the introduction of the Childrens ITV service in January 1983 taking over the series' former timeslot. Some of the other episodes were then later subsequently broadcast sporadically in the UK on the "Early Morning" weekend segment on Channel 4 in the early 1990s

Synopsis

The series consists of the adventures of Johnny (or: Rocky), a woodchuck, and his mate Polly in the Green Forest. They make a lot of friends among their neighbours, and everyone works together to avoid the attacks of the different predators that put them in danger, such as man, the weasel, and the fox.

Characters

Episodes

# Title Air Date
1"Spring Comes to the Green Forest"7 January 1973 (1973-01-07)
Spring Comes to the Green Forest, the very first episode of the Fables of the Green Forest takes place in the Green Forest and introduces Rocky (Johnny) and company who sets out to bring spring to the green forest. One day, for instance, Rocky and his friends are going to the Spring Festival, but first, here's some information to help them retrieve the--Very Special Spring Term of the Other World.
2"Johnny Grows Up"14 January 1973 (1973-01-14)
3"Johnny Builds His Home"21 January 1973 (1973-01-21)
4"Huge Tracks in the Forest"28 January 1973 (1973-01-28)
5"Buster Bear Comes to the Green Forest"5 February 1973 (1973-02-05)
6"The Monster of Poplar Hill"12 February 1973 (1973-02-12)
7"Mischievous Chatterer"19 February 1973 (1973-02-19)
8"Paddy Beaver Comes to the Forest"26 February 1973 (1973-02-26)
9"The Troublesome Four"5 March 1973 (1973-03-05)
10"Bob the Quail"12 March 1973 (1973-03-12)
11"Sammy's Revenge"19 March 1973 (1973-03-19)
12"Johnny's Secret Door"26 March 1973 (1973-03-26)
Reddy discovers Johnny secret exit, forcing him to build another one. His mate Polly gets lost until Johnny finds her.
13"A Gun in the Forest"2 April 1973 (1973-04-02)
14"Peter the Rabbit of Thorn Estate"9 April 1973 (1973-04-09)
15"Old Mr. Toad"16 April 1973 (1973-04-16)
16"Bobby Raccoon is Captured"23 April 1973 (1973-04-23)
17"Paddy Builds a Dream House"30 April 1973 (1973-04-30)
18"Poor Mrs. Quack"7 May 1973 (1973-05-07)
19"The Search for Mr. Quack"14 May 1973 (1973-05-14)
20"Granny Fox and Reddy"21 May 1973 (1973-05-21)
21"Sammy Gets Mocked"28 May 1973 (1973-05-28)
22"The Big Commotion in the Forest"4 June 1973 (1973-06-04)
23"Buster the Hero"11 June 1973 (1973-06-11)
24"Traps in the Forest"18 June 1973 (1973-06-18)
25"Peter Plays a Prank"25 June 1973 (1973-06-25)
26"The Straw Hat Monster"1 July 1973 (1973-07-01)
27"Mr. Condor Comes to the Forest"8 July 1973 (1973-07-08)
28"The Secret of Mr. Condor"15 July 1973 (1973-07-15)
29"Reddy Fox Keeps Home"22 July 1973 (1973-07-22)
30"Coyote is the Smartest"29 July 1973 (1973-07-29)
31"Longlegs the Heron"5 August 1973 (1973-08-05)
32"The Importance of Paddy's Dam"12 August 1973 (1973-08-12)
33"Bobby & Blackie Crow"19 August 1973 (1973-08-19)
34"Grandfather Frog Leaves the Forest"26 August 1973 (1973-08-26)
35"Granny Fox and the Coyote"2 September 1973 (1973-09-02)
36"Who's a Coward"9 September 1973 (1973-09-09)
37"Lost in the Green Forest"16 September 1973 (1973-09-16)
38"Reddy Fox and the Sheep"23 September 1973 (1973-09-23)
39"The Big Boast"30 September 1973 (1973-09-30)
40"Johnny's Adventure"7 October 1973 (1973-10-07)
41"Uncle Billy Regrets"14 October 1973 (1973-10-14)
42"Captive Chatterer"21 October 1973 (1973-10-21)
43"Peter Changes His Name"28 October 1973 (1973-10-28)
44"Tom and Bob the Quail"4 November 1973 (1973-11-04)
45"The Incident at Moonlight Party"11 November 1973 (1973-11-11)
46"Sammy Learns a Lesson"18 November 1973 (1973-11-18)
47"A Gift Buster Left Behind"25 November 1973 (1973-11-25)
48"Peter the Imitator"2 December 1973 (1973-12-02)
49"Danny in the Snow"9 December 1973 (1973-12-09)
50"Peter and the Peach Tree"16 December 1973 (1973-12-16)
51"Whose Footprint is the Other One"23 December 1973 (1973-12-23)
52"Johnny's Hibernation"30 December 1973 (1973-12-30)

Music

In popular culture

In the 2014 anime Shirobako, protagonist Aoi Miyamori states that her favorite anime is "Andes Hedgehog Mountain Chucky", which features a predominantly animal cast and is inspired by Fables of the Green Forest.

References

  1. ^ Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917. Stone Bridge Press, 2006. ISBN 1845765001.

Notes

Jonathan Winters will provide all the off-camera voices for "Fables of the Green Forest," a new children's animated cartoon series. Simpson's Leader-Times, Friday, 23 May 1975, p. 11