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Ringing Bell (1978)

Chirin no suzu (original title)
An innocent lamb learns about life and death when he seeks revenge upon the wolf who slaughtered his mother.


Masami Hata


Takashi Yanase (story)




Credited cast:
Hitoshi Takagi Hitoshi Takagi ... Narrator (voice)
Minori Matsushima Minori Matsushima ... Chirin (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Adult Chirin (voice)
Taeko Nakanishi Taeko Nakanishi ... Mom (voice)
Seizô Katô Seizô Katô ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregg Berger ... Adult Chirin (voice)
Bill Capizzi Bill Capizzi ... Wolf King (voice)
Ron Gans Ron Gans ... Narrator (voice)
Barbara Goodson ... Baby Chirin (voice)
Alexandra Kenworthy ... Mom (voice)


A baby lamb named Chirin is living an idyllic life on a farm with many other sheep. Chirin is very adventurous and tends to get lost, so he wears a bell around his neck so that his mother can always find him. His mother warns Chirin that he must never venture beyond the fence surrounding the farm, because a huge black wolf lives in the mountains and loves to eat sheep. Chirin is too young and naive to take the advice to heart, until one night the wolf enters the barn and is prepared to kill Chirin, but at the last moment the lamb's mother throws herself in the way and is killed instead. The wolf leaves, and Chirin is horrified to see his mother's body. Unable to understand why his mother was killed, he becomes very angry and swears that he will go into the mountains and kill the wolf. Written by anonymous

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Originally released theatrically as a double feature with The Mouse and His Child (1977) in Japan. See more »


Wolf: To turn out like this is the fate of every wolf. I always knew I would die in some feud, at the hands of someone stronger. But I'm glad that the one who did it was you.
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Disney-like animation but unDisney-like content
18 November 2012 | by maximkongSee all my reviews

This is a classic cartoon that anyone should avoid 'judging a book by its cover'. It looks exactly like any other cheesy Disney cartoons...but it is TOTALLY the opposite.

This 40-minute clip is one huge character development influenced by the choices in life made by a sheer little lamb, and the consequences that followed. There are other anime with equally dark/depressing themes, but this is probably one of the first few that I noticed that made it very obvious & convincing part in the latter. The unfairytale-like ending -- definitely something you won't expect from a cartoon like this -- is one such powerful testimony. Aside from the first 8 minute, the rest of the movie is very dark but true to anything anyone has to face in reality. If i have kids, I will definitely include this cartoon at the top of the 'cartoons for kids' list. Cartoons should not be meant to give kids false impression of life but instead prepare them for the real moral lessons. This anime absolutely nailed it.

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11 March 1978 (Japan) See more »

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