Dreadful painting

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The dreadful painting in Doubutsu no Mori
Real-world counterpart
The Scream
Year 1893
Artist Edvard Munch
Main appearances

Name in other languages

The dreadful painting (おそるべきめいが osorubeki meiga?) is a painting in Doubutsu no Mori and Doubutsu no Mori+. In Doubutsu no Mori+, it is only available through the Data Moving Service, and it does not appear in the catalog. It is based on Edvard Munch's The Scream.

Art details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori[edit]

Main article: Item:Dreadful painting (Doubutsu no Mori)

The dreadful painting is replaced by the lovely painting in Doubutsu no Mori+, which shares the same internal hexadecimal ID.

Buy price  1,960 Bells
Sell price  490 Bells
Obtain from  Crazy Redd's
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


Real-world information[edit]

The Scream

The dreadful painting is based on The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Munch recalled that he had been out for a walk at sunset when suddenly the setting sunlight turned the clouds "a blood red." He sensed an "infinite scream passing through nature." Scholars have located the spot to a fjord overlooking Oslo, and have suggested other explanations for the unnaturally orange sky, ranging from the effects of a volcanic eruption to a psychological reaction by Munch to his sister's commitment at a nearby lunatic asylum.

Notably, as a result of Munch's late death relative to other artists represented in the Animal Crossing series, The Scream was still under copyright at the time of Doubutsu no Mori's release in 2001; it would not enter the public domain until 2015, alongside the rest of the artist's lifetime portfolio (coincidentally, 2015 also marked the entry of Piet Mondrian's portfolio into the public domain; Mondrian's Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue had been the basis for the similarly removed novel painting).[1][2] While no official statement from Nintendo was given, these rights issues appear to be the reason behind the dreadful painting's absence from Animal Crossing onwards.

More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese おそるべきめいが
osorubeki meiga
dreadful painting


  1. Melvin Backman (January 4, 2015). "You're about to see a lot more (legal) versions of "The Scream"". Quartz. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  2. Allison Meier (January 1, 2015). "Free at Last! Munch, Mondrian, and Kandisnsky Enter the Public Domain". Hyperallergic. Retrieved October 17, 2020.