Little Lulu and Her Little Friends (partially found episode of anime series; 1976)
Little Lulu and Her Little Friends (リトル・ルルとちっちゃい仲間 Ritoru Ruru to Chitchai Nakama) is a 26-episode anime series, produced by Nippon Animation, that ran from October 3rd, 1976, to April 3rd, 1977. While the character of Little Lulu was originally created by Marjorie Henderson Buell, the anime was based on the comics by John Stanley. This anime is extremely rare and has been out of print for a long time.
An English dub was produced by ZIV International in 1978. It was also dubbed in Spanish, German, Italian (twice, first in 1981, then in 1995, plus a compilation film released in 1980, named "Le incredibili avventure della Piccola Lulú", translated as "The Incredible Adventures of Little Lulu"), Arabic, Hebrew, and Brazilian Portuguese.
Availability[edit | edit source]
The Japanese dub is completely lost, with the absence of any home video releases. Despite this, bits of material have surfaced online. On July 1, 2020, Twitter User @doughnut_f posted a couple of images from the original Japanese opening, which came from a 2016 Japanese auction. An August 2020 Japanese auction also emerged, containing a 16mm film reel of episode 6 from the original Japanese dub. Images from this film reel and a short 20-sec clip were saved by YouTuber ChozinFellers.
Currently, the whole series is available in Spanish (courtesy of YouTuber NesGamer90) and in Arabic (courtesy of YouTuber Ayam Zaman لولو الصغيرة). The Swedish dub of Episode 6 was uploaded on December 16, 2014 (courtesy of YouTuber Muppet). As for the Italian dubs, the only footage of the 1981 dub is the opening, while the compilation film released that year found its way onto YouTube on May 15, 2020, courtesy of FilmIsNow. YouTuber Emozioni Ritrovate had the 1995 Italian dub for sale since March 1, 2020.
On July 20th, 2019, ChozinFellers uploaded six full episodes of the ZIV International English dub of Little Lulu, which was originally uploaded by now-deleted YouTube channel Fogelogel. ChozinFellers is awaiting for possible translators for the rest of the remaining episodes through "Project Lulu," and has a fansite dedicated to the anime, called "Fellers' Frontier."
Soundtrack Laboratory Co., Ltd complied the original Japanese soundtracks for Little Lulu and Her Little Friends and Attack on Tomorrow into a CD album, which was released on August 25, 2021. This CD marks the first time in which these soundtracks have been released commercially.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
External Link[edit | edit source]
- The Wikipedia page for the show.
- Fellers' Frontier, a fansite dedicated to the anime, founded by ChozinFellers
References[edit | edit source]
- Twitter User @doughnut_f's post
- NesGamer90's YouTube channel, where the entire Spanish dub is available to watch
- Ayam Zaman لولو الصغيرة's YouTube channel, where the entire Arabic dub is available to watch
- Video by Emozioni Ritrovate promoting the DVD box-set of the 1995 Italian dub
- Project Lulu, a project by ChozinFellers, made to sub the anime, as well as obtain the 1995 Italian dub
- Soundtrack Laboratory's post about the CD soundtrack release