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Gekijouban Doubutsu no mori (2006)

A young girl moves to a village populated by anthropomorphic animals.

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Cast

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Yui Horie ...
Ai
Misato Fukuen ...
Bûke
Fumiko Orikasa ...
Sarî
Yu Kobayashi ...
Takatoshi Kaneko ...
Alberto
Masaki Terasoma ...
Apollo
Yurika Hino ...
Bianca
Yasuhiro Takato ...
Saruo
Kazuya Tatekabe ...
Alan
Yûji Ueda ...
Sakurajima
Hisao Egawa ...
Daruman
Naoki Tatsuta ...
Kimiko Koyama ...
Tamekichi
Noriko Namiki ...
Tsubukichi
Ken'ichi Ogata ...
Kotobuki
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Storyline

This is the story of a young self-reliant girl called Ai, who one day, moves into the Animal Village. While working at Tom Nook's shop "Nook's Cranny" she begins living her life away from her family. To begin with, she doesn't know left from right, but under the guidance of Mayor Tortimer, the angry but correct Mr. Resetti, and the wandering musician K.K. Slider among others, she is eventually accepted as a member of the village. One night as she walked along the beach, she finds a message in the bottle. It sets her off on a quest of planting pine trees around the village to fulfill a miracle on the eve of the Winter Festival. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Animal Forest: The Movie  »

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Was never released outside Japan. See more »

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In one final scene after the credits (during the Spring, one year after Ai arrived), Ai narrates a letter she wrote to her mother to the audience, as she picks up two cherries and runs to the museum with a book in her arms to meet with Fuko/Celeste. She uses "make a Cherry Pie" in her letter as a metaphor for fitting in with the village and making friends. See more »

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Spun-off from Dobutsu no mori (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Mori e Ikô
(Come to the Forest)
Lyrics by Shôichi Yoshî
Composed by Kazumi Totaka
Arranged by Tomoki Hasegawa
Performed by Taeko Ômeki
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non-existent plot, boring characters and unexpected comedic events
15 February 2013 | by (pressure vessel, Mariana Trench) – See all my reviews

I knew when i discovered this japan-only release movie for one of my favorite games, that the cards were stacked against it. it was based on an open world sandbox-like game that really didn't have a story worth making a movie about, and that really shows. for the first three quarters of the film, there is no clear plot or conflict. its just aimless and blind events and cameo plugs that add no value and just serve to irritate because of the extent of their uselessness to the story. but when the plot does get going, it has nothing to show for it, and it was not very rewarding anyway. also, it has a bunch of sub-plots that go nowhere or actually conclude then proceed to tell you nothing insightful or entertaining about anything, such as the Tortimer sub plot.

On that note, the characters are even more flat and boring than i might have expected, with really no one changing throughout the experiences of the story that seemed convincing. and don't give me that "it's for kids" crap, kid films can and should have great plots and characters. this film has neither.

One of the main problems, that I found quite novel and surprising, is that it follows the games TOO closely. its almost exclusively the game mechanics just put into animated film. its quite off putting at times.

But that being said, the movie is not terrible, its just not good. there are some very funny scenes, you'll know them when you see them, and overall i enjoyed watching it, simply because of how ridiculous it was and how forced and contrived it was. but, if you don't like movies for this quality, or you know nothing of the animal crossing series of games,I would not recommend this film to you.


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