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The Enchanted Journey (1981)

Gurikku no bouken (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Family, Fantasy | 21 July 1981 (Japan)
A young chipmunk in the city undertakes a journey to return to the forest.

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... Pippo (voice)
... Gamun (voice)
Lionel Wilson ... Glicko (voice) (as Lionel G. Wilson)
... Nono (voice)
Jack Grimes ... (voice)
George Spelvin ... (voice)
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Glicko, a young chipmunk living in the city with his sister, is enticed by the words of Pippo, the carrier pigeon, to leave home and find the Great Forest, the true home of chipmunks. Setting off alone, he encounters various friends and enemies as he tries to leave the big city and reach his legendary homeland. Written by Marlex

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During his recording session Orson Welles' pet dog sat on his own chair next to him. Peter Fernandez described the voice he needed as that of a pigeon that looked like a New York pigeon. Welles began with a Brooklyn accent, but was told that he just *looks* like a New York pigeon but has no accent. See more »

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Glicko: [singing] We're on our way, Nono. / What can I say, Nono? / Even if we have a long, long way to go.
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a childhood favorite
17 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

If you look around on line this should be easy enough to find, but back in the late 80's this was one of those video tapes that stood out at the store; it wasn't a Disney movie, or something from Loony Tunes, and yet it had some cute woodland characters on the cover. Though it wasn't something that I rented a bunch of times, it did stick out in my memory - though I hadn't seen a lot of it, I knew just by the designs and the movement and tempo that it was *different*, and indeed it was as originally it was done in Japan and bought by Hi-Top video - and I have fond memories of this little movie about chipmunks who gather the courage to leave the city and find their way across the country and in the woods.

I didn't really know his name at the time, but it was also my first exposure to Orson Welles (I didn't come to the Transformers movie until... last year, actually). But I even knew then that this was a special actor with some force; he plays a pigeon, and yet he carries so much force and authority within just a handful of minutes (he's only in the first part of the film in the city). When I rewatched part of the film online, I was struck by how much fun Welles had with the role; it made me sad that he struggled through doing Unicron, when this was a better use of his talents for a children-movie voice-over. He's spirited, fun, engaging, and he gets the hero chipmunk on his way. It's also good animation, if not great, and it works for kids and maybe some adults can get into it as well who won't be TOO discerning.

Check it out if you can get it on VHS or online - it doesn't re-invent the wheel, but it has some goofy designs and passes the time with harmless joy.


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