Friends of the Forest (lost alternate English dub of anime series; 1990s)


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Friends of the Forest (English dub)
Japanese DVD box art.
Japanese DVD box art.
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Friends of the Forest is the second English adaptation of the Japanese anime series Rocky Chuck, the Mountain Rat. Inspired by the literary works of Thornton W. Burgess, the show was created by Nippon Animation as part of their World Masterpiece Theater programming block. The series aired for 52 episodes on Fuji TV in Japan between January and December 1973. A well known earlier English dub called Fables of the Green Forest, was produced by ZIV International and aired on TVOntario in Canada between the late 1970s and the 1980s. This version of the show has also been sold on VHS tapes as Peter Cottontail's Adventures, Peter Cottontail in the Green Forest and Peter Cottontail and Friends.

Information regarding the second adaptation is difficult to come by. Friends of the Forest aired on YTV in Canada in the mid to late 1990s and featured an entirely different voice cast, new music and altered story lines.[1] However, the dub retained the main character's name of Rocky from the original Japanese version, where as the first English dub renamed him Johnny. Friends of the Forest was also shown in Malaysia.[2]

No home video releases of the second dub are known to exist, nor have any clips appeared online.

References

  1. Fables of the Green Forest Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  2. I'm looking for an old cartoon called "Friends of the Forest". Help? Retrieved November 15, 2017.

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Terry the Cat

27 days ago
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This intrigues me. I've seen a lot of dubs lately where Canada does one and America does a different one. This is probably the oddest one.
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Echofox

27 days ago
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This seems to be more Battle of the Planets vs. G-Force than the two Astroboy 1980s English dubs, as both dubs aired in Canada. Whoever produced Friends of the Forest probably sold it as a newer version of a series that had done well up here.

Truthfully, we know little about the production history of either dub. Friends of the Forest is a complete mystery because nothing's resurfaced. Most of the episodes of Fables of the Green Forest have been recovered but none of them credit the voice actors. Looking at the CRTC's database, seemingly neither was dubbed in Canada, though their database doesn't really have any entries prior to 1993.

Talking about FotF specifically, the Wayback Machine's earliest capture of YTV's website only goes back to 1997 and the show's nowhere to be found. The CRTC's schedule logs go back to 1999. So an exact broadcast window would be contingent on digging up 25-year-old issues of TV Guide Canada, since local newspapers wouldn't have covered a cable channel at the time.
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Terry the Cat

27 days ago
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You're probably right, Echofox. I guess I overlooked some of the info and assumed the first dub was produced here and the other over there.
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Terry the Cat

27 days ago
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However, upon reading some of the sources, there is a vibe that Friends was indeed very different from Fables and a third dub that focused on Peter Rabbit as the main character.
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Terry the Cat

27 days ago
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ZIV International seems to have done the first dub. This was pretty early on in Americanized anime history. I guess they intended it to air in the States back in 1978.
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PannenkoekenNL

17 days ago
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http://www.m...jp/page6.htm

4. Friends of the Forest
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Terry the Cat

10 days ago
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I don't see Friends of the Forest anywhere on this list, in English, or in Italian.
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Echofox

10 days ago
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I'm not really sure what this means. An Italian adaptation of this dub was released on VHS?
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Echofox

10 days ago
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@Terry the Cat : CTRL+F "Friends of the Forest" and it'll show up as a 1998 release. For some reason the British flag is attached to the right ...
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Terry the Cat

10 days ago
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Okay. So this seems to be a series of Japanese tourism videos and not an anime series.
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