Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori

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Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jōji Shimura
Produced by Bunshō Kajiya
Written by Aya Matsui
Starring Yui Horie
Misato Fukuen
Fumiko Orikasa
Yū Kobayashi
Naoki Tatsuta
Kenichi Ogata
Shun Oguri
Yūichi Kimura
Music by Kazumi Totaka
Cinematography Kōji Yamakoshi
Edited by Toshio Henmi
Distributed by Toho (theatrical release)
VAP (DVD release)
Release date(s) Japan December 16, 2006
Japan July 25, 2007 (DVD)
Running time 87 minutes
Country Japan Japan
Language Japanese

Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori[nb 1] is a 2006 Japanese animated film based on the Animal Crossing series. The film was directed by Jōji Shimura with production by OLM, Inc. and was released in theaters on December 16, 2006, where it earned an estimated total of ¥1.7 billion (US$16,216,731) at the box office as of 2007.[1]

The film features characters and elements from the video games and follows Ai, a human girl, as she moves into a village of animals and meets various friends along the way.

Plot[edit]

Ai arriving in Animal Village.

Ai, a human girl, moves to Animal Village during spring. After she arrives, she goes to Town Hall and is told by Pelly to meet Tom Nook at his shop to receive her house key. Once she meets Tom Nook, he gives her work to do in the form of deliveries to the village residents. During her deliveries, Ai meets Rosie, Alfonso, Whitney, and a human boy named . Afterward, she visits the Able Sisters for her last delivery and meets Margie. On her way home, Ai encounters Yū again, who attempts to catch a Spider that had landed on her; the two then introduce themselves and become acquaintances.

After several more deliveries, Ai is tasked with a delivery to Apollo. When she arrives at his house, she learns he is not home. Yū once again appears and causes Ai to fall in a patch of roses—this causes Mr. Resetti to appear and scold her; after learning what happened, he tells Ai to look in The Roost for Apollo. Ai heads to the museum, where she meets Blathers and Celeste, the latter of whom leads her to The Roost. Once there, Ai meets Cesar and Cyrano, and shortly afterward, Apollo arrives. She makes her delivery and heads home when she encounters Margie, whom she quickly befriends. Margie reveals her dream of being a fashion designer and compares accomplishing her dream to eating a cherry pie. Later that night, Ai finds a note in a bottle on the beach that reads, "Above the pine forest, on the night of the Winter Festival, a miracle will occur." She then sees what she believes to be a UFO.

The next night, Ai encounters another note in a bottle, which instructs her to plant pine trees across Animal Village for a miracle to take place during the Winter Festival. The next day, Ai, Margie, and Rosie meet up with Yū and Alfonso, who are looking for fossils. Rosie tells them to look in a nearby cave for fossils, which they visit and find a Seismosaurus fossil, the one fossil missing from the museum's collection; however, the cave collapses, forcing the group to leave. Later, during the Fireworks Festival, Margie realizes her dream, and Ai wishes to have one of her own. Once she returns home, she reads two more letters in bottles, which reveal that an alien has been writing them, hoping to arrive on her planet during the Winter Festival and meet her.

The day after the Fireworks Festival, Ai learns from Rosie that Margie left Animal Village to pursue her dream. Disappointed that she did not let her know before leaving, Ai goes to The Roost, where Whitney comforts her. That night, Ai receives a letter from Margie, who explains why she did not let her know that she was moving—she says she would have been overwhelmed with emotion had she approached her before leaving. Attached to the letter is a drawing of Ai and a note telling her to "eat her own cherry pie," or to follow her dreams.

In the winter, Tortimer, the mayor, announces the beginning of the Winter Festival, where the resident with the best holiday decorations is crowned the winner. Ai visits the cedar trees that she is revealed to have planted earlier in the year to find them fully grown. She then visits Celeste's observatory in the museum and sees a UFO crash in the village. The townsfolk gather at the crash site, and Gulliver, who claims to be an alien, steps out, explaining that five parts of his ship must be found so he can leave. The residents of the village then split up to find the parts; Champ goes to the woods, Apollo, Cyrano, and Cesar go to the mountains, Whitney searches near the ocean, and Ai, Rosie, Alfonso, and Yū head toward the cave with the Seismosaurus fossil. However, the entrance is blocked by a boulder, which is moved with the help of Margie, who has returned to Animal Village for the Winter Festival. The group enters the cave and finds the spaceship part on top of the Seismosaurus. Yū climbs up the fossil and retrieves the part.

Ai and the alien
The trees planted by Ai around the village, lit up in the shape of a star.

Once the group returns to Gulliver's ship, UFOs fly overhead, and the part they retrieved is revealed to be an alien life form. The alien appears to thank Ai before flying to the other UFOs; it then draws Ai's face as a constellation. Afterward, Tortimer announces Ai as the winner of the Winter Festival for the alien's constellation, and Ai feels for the first time that she is a true resident of Animal Village.

During the film's end credits sequence, several still frames are displayed, showing Animal Village and its residents over the next few months. The stills include Blathers excavating the Seismosaurus fossil and adding it to the museum's collection, Whitney receiving blue roses from someone who is implied to be Apollo, and Nook's Cranny being upgrading to Nook 'n' Go, among others. In a post-credits scene, set one year after Ai moved into Animal Village, Ai narrates a letter written to her mother while running toward the museum to meet Celeste. The camera then pans down to show lilies of the valley growing.

Characters[edit]

Various characters from the film
Character Voiced by Description
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Ai
Yui Horie An 11-year-old human girl who moves to Animal Village.
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Kapp'n
Mitsuo Iwata A kappa who drives Ai to Animal Village in his taxi.
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Pelly
Otoha A pelican who works at the town hall. Ai visits her after arriving in the village, and Pelly directs her to Tom Nook.
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Tortimer
Kenichi Ogata An elderly tortoise who is the mayor of Animal Village. He meets Ai at the town hall, and he hosts the Winter Festival. Throughout the film, he worries about the results of the upcoming election, despite running unopposed. In the end, he wins the election by one vote—himself, as he was the only one who voted.
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Tom Nook
Naoki Tatsuta A tanuki who owns Nook's Cranny, the village shop. He employs Ai part-time after she arrives in town.
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Hopper
Hisao Egawa A penguin who fishes in the lake.
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Rosie
Fukuen Misato A cat who lives in Animal Village. Ai meets her during her deliveries while working for Tom Nook, and they become close friends.
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Alfonso
Takatoshi Kaneko An alligator who lives in Animal Village. Ai meets her during her deliveries while working for Tom Nook. He is close friends with Yū.
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Fumiko Orikasa A human boy who often visits Animal Village. Ai meets him while making a delivery to Alfonso, whom Yū is close friends with. Yū often plays with Alfonso and wears various costumes, not revealing his face until the end of the movie.
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Whitney
Yurika Hino A wolf who lives in Animal Village. Ai meets her during her deliveries while working for Tom Nook. She consoles Ai after Margie moves away. She is rumored by the other villagers to have had a relationship with Apollo.
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Champ
Yasuhiro Takato A monkey who lives in Animal Village. He loves exercise, running everywhere he goes.
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Mabel
Mari Adachi A hedgehog who operates the Able Sisters with her sister Sable.
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Sable
Saori Hattori A hedgehog seamstress who operates the Able Sisters with her sister Mabel.
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Margie
Fumiko Orikasa An elephant who lives in Animal Village. Ai meets her at the Able Sisters, and they become close friends. Her dream is to become a fashion designer, and she leaves Animal Village to pursue it. She returns to visit when Gulliver appears.
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Mr. Resetti
Yuichi Kimura A mole who is the "rule enforcer" of Animal Village. He scolds Ai after she falls on Apollo's blue roses, and he decorates the village's trees during the Winter Festival.
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Blathers
Kappei Yamaguchi An owl who curates the museum. He is Celeste's brother.
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Celeste
Mika Kanai An owl who operates the observatory the museum. She is Blathers's sister.
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Brewster
Takaya Hashi A pigeon who operates The Roost, a café in the basement of the museum.
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Cesar
Kazuya Tatekabe A gorilla who lives in Animal Village. Ai meets him with Cyrano at The Roost.
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Cyrano
Yuji Ueda An anteater who lives in Animal Village. Ai meets him with Cesar at The Roost.
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Apollo
Masaki Terasoma An eagle who lives in Animal Village. Ai meets him at The Roost. He is rumored by the other villagers to have had a relationship with Whitney, and he is implied to leave her a bouquet of blue roses during the film's credits sequence.
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Pascal
Takashi Miike An otter who Tortimer visits for advice about his election.
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K.K. Slider
Shun Oguri A dog musician who performs "K.K. Bossa" during the Fireworks Festival at the request of Margie.
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Redd
Tetsuo Sakaguchi A fox who operates a shop during the Fireworks Festival. He attempts to sell fake golden slingshots to Yū and Alfonso.
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Wendell
Junpei Takiguchi A hungry walrus who Ai meets on the beach. She brings him to her house and feeds him.
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Pete
Akio Suyama A pelican postman who delivers Margie's goodbye letter to Ai.
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Phyllis
Yuko Mizutani A pelican who appears alongside Pelly in several scenes.
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Gulliver
Wataru Takagi A gull who crash-lands his UFO in Animal Village. He claims to be an alien.
GDnM Alien.png - An alien that disguises itself as a piece of Gulliver's UFO. It reveals itself when UFOs appear above the village, and it flies to them.

Background characters[edit]

The following characters appear only during the Fireworks Festival and do not have speaking roles.

Production[edit]

Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori was announced in May 2006 in an issue of Hochi Shimbun,[2] a Japanese online magazine, following the success of Animal Crossing: Wild World. Jōji Shimura, who previously worked on other animated films, directed the film, and staff from the Animal Crossing series assisted production.[2]

In October 2007, Nintendo of America stated there were no plans to localize the film for North America.[3]

Music[edit]

The film features arrangements of several songs from Animal Crossing: Wild World, originally composed by Kazumi Totaka. One song, "K.K. Bossa", was given original lyrics by Nintendo for the film. "Mori e Ikō" is an original song that plays during the credits sequence, performed by Taeko Onuki and composed by Issei Bedaaka.

Release[edit]

Theatrical[edit]

The back of the theatrical release poster

Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori was released theatrically in Japan on December 16, 2006 by Toho and became the third highest-grossing film of its opening weekend, earning approximately ¥246 million (US$2,085,729).[4] By the end of 2006, the film had a total revenue of ¥1.526 billion (US$12,915,432),[5] becoming the 30th highest-grossing film that year in Japan, and by the end of its theatrical run in 2007, it had earned approximately ¥1.7 billion (US$16,216,731).[1] Viewers who pre-purchased tickets to the film received vouchers which could be redeemed for one of the six golden tools in Animal Crossing: Wild World.[6]

Home media[edit]

A DVD set for the film

A soundtrack for the film, titled Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori: Original Soundtrack, was released on CD on December 13, 2006, three days before the film's premiere in theaters. It features 46 tracks from the film as well as five bonus tracks from Animal Crossing: Wild World.

Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori was released on region 2 DVD in Japan on July 25, 2007 by VAP,[7] retailing for ¥3,990[8] (US$37.12). First-print copies also included an Animal Crossing-themed carrying case.

In 2020 the film was rebroadcast twice on Japanese television networks: once on March 20 to celebrate the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons,[9] and once on July 29.[10]

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • During the credits sequence, a present attached to a balloon appears in nearly every outdoor scene.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese 劇場版 どうぶつの森
Gekijōban Dōbutsu no Mori
Animal Forest: The Movie

Notes[edit]

  1. Japanese: 劇場版「どうぶつの森」 Hepburn: Gekijōban Dōbutsu no MoriAnimal Forest: The Movie

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "2007年度興行成績ランキング". Rakuten. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ferry Groenendijk (May 15, 2006). "Nintendo announces Animal Crossing film". Video Games Blogger.
  3. RawmeatCowboy (October 30, 2007). "No plans to bring Animal Crossing move to North America". GoNintendo.
  4. "Japanese Box Office Weekends For 2006". Box Office Mojo.
  5. "Japanese Box Office For 2006". Box Office Mojo.
  6.  (December 14, 2006) "金の釣竿と金の斧と金のパチンコと". Aiko de Show. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. (Japanese)
  7. "『劇場版どうぶつの森』、2007年7月25日DVDリリース&レンタル開始". VAP. (Japanese)
  8. "劇場版 「どうぶつの森」|DVD情報". Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. (Japanese)
  9. March Deschamps (March 9, 2020). "The Animal Crossing Animated Movie Is Getting Re-Aired to Celebrate New Horizons". comicbook.com. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  10. "アニメ映画『劇場版 どうぶつの森』が7/29(水)午後7時から放送。BS12にて". Retrieved December 31, 2020. (Japanese)

External links[edit]

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