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Chirin no suzu ()


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An innocent lamb learns about life and death when he seeks revenge upon the wolf who slaughtered his mother.

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Cast

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Hitoshi Takagi ...
Narrator (voice)
Minori Matsushima ...
Chirin (voice)
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Adult Chirin (voice)
Taeko Nakanishi ...
Mom (voice)
Seizô Katô ...
Uô (voice)
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Grown Chirin (uncredited) (voice)
Bill Capizzi ...
Wolf (uncredited) (voice)
Ron Gans ...
Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
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Chirin / Sheep (uncredited) (voice)
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Mom (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Masami Hata

Written by

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Takashi Yanase ... (story)

Produced by

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Bran Arandjelovich ... producer
Karen D. Arandjelovich ... producer
Shintarô Tsuji ... executive producer

Music by

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Taku Izumi

Cinematography by

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Iwao Yamaki

Film Editing by

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Masashi Furukawa

Art Direction by

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Yukio Abe

Sound Department

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Susumu Aketagawa ... sound producer
Shôhei Hayashi ... sound designer
Mitsuru Kashiwabara ... sound effects

Animation Department

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Kanji Akahori ... key animator (as Kanji Akabori)
Keiko Arai ... ink and paint checker
Takeshi Atomura ... assistant animator
Hiromi Endô ... assistant animator
Masako Fukunaga ... ink and paint checker
Masako Funada ... assistant animator
Teruo Handa ... animator
Toshio Hirata ... key animator
Yamako Ishikawa ... background artist
Yuriko Ishikawa ... ink artist
Mariko Kadono ... background artist
Masumi Kaneko ... background artist
Keiko Kido ... ink and paint checker
Yuriko Kono ... painter
Sadao Miyamoto ... key animator
Kaoru Nakajima ... assistant animator
Sakiko Shimokawabe ... painter
Masuko Suganuma ... ink artist
Shinmi Taga ... animator
Haruo Takahashi ... animator
Kôichi Tsuchida ... assistant animator
Shigeru Yamamoto ... key animator
Madoka Yasue ... assistant animator
Yôko Yoshida ... background artist
Haruko Ônishi ... animator

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Yoshimi Asari ... assistant to producer
Darren Collodel ... production assistant: English version
Bruce S. Giuliano ... production assistant
Mark Headley ... production coordinator: English version
Sachiko Louie ... production coordinator: English version

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Ringing Bell (United States)
  • Chirin's Bell (World-wide, English title)
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  • 47 min
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Trivia Originally released theatrically as a double feature with The Mouse and His Child (1977) in Japan. See more »
Quotes Narrator: When we are young, we don't know a lot of things. But the small amount of knowledge we do possess makes us happy. Knowing our home, our friends, how to get places, and maybe how to get back. The world is a strange new place; a great puzzle. Sights, sounds, and smells are it's pieces. We see things we know nothing about; things that surprise us, and sometimes sadden us. But as we explore and grow, the time comes when we learn; we learn about the world and we grow older.
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