The Bush Baby (found English dub of anime series; 1993)
A screenshot from the anime.
Date found: 02 Jul 2018
Found by: Azunyan
The Bush Baby is an anime adaptation of William Stevenson's 1965 novel The Bushbabies. The series, produced by Nippon Animation, aired for 40 episodes on TV Tokyo between January and December 1992, as part of the company's historic World Masterpiece Theatre series.
An English dub of the series aired in Canada on TVOntario and Access Alberta, with a CRTC approval indicating the run began in 1993. This adaptation was allegedly produced by Cinelume in Montreal, Canada. No home video releases of this production are known to exist and no footage has ever been uploaded online.
The series gained slight internet notoriety in 2016 after one of Stevenson's grandchildren posted on Reddit about the surrealism of having an anime based on a family as well as the English dub's scarcity. The poster later confirmed the family owns a personal copy of the dub. However, the user later deleted their Reddit account, making it very difficult to get in touch with them again about the dub.
In 2017, a Twitter user asked TVO if they could stream the English dub online like they are doing with some of the other World Masterpiece Theater series on their French website. A representative from the channel claimed The Bush Baby had never aired on TVO. When confronted with TV guides showing the series airing on the channel, the TVO representative declined to comment.
On July 1st, 2018, YouTube user Azunyan uploaded the first episode of the English dub of the show. She had stated that this show was a childhood classic of hers and said that her parents wanted to preserve the show so that she and her brother could have a copy as they grew up in life. Azunyan has stated that she will be uploading the remaining episodes of the English dub from her personal archive in the coming day. On July 2nd, 2018, all the remaining English episodes of the dub have been uploaded to her YouTube channel.
- 1992: Bushbaby Retrieved 24 Sept '17
- List of CRTC Canadian Program Recognition Numbers Retrieved 24 Sept '17
- Bush Baby Retrieved 24 Sept '17
- A comment on the /r/anime Reddit page which talks about the English dub. Retrieved 24 Sept '17
- I asked TVO if there was any chance of them streaming The Bush Baby's English dub and they told me they never aired that show??? Retrieved 24 Sept '17
- Ottawa/Montreal/Central & Southern Quebec Sun, Mar 13, 1994 Retrieved 24 Sept '17