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PrinceNines
 
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Expect spoilers. I’m not leaving ANYTHING I loved about this movie out. Trust me.
After falling in love with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (And more specifically, Rosie,) I decided I would finally look into the other Animal Crossing games. Despite being a massive Nintendo fan, I never played Animal Crossing until the release of Pocket camp. Criminal, I know. But on my search through the different villagers on the wiki, I discovered the film adaptation of Animal Crossing: Wild world, titled simply Doubutsu No Mori, the Japanese name for the original, translating to Animal Forest. Which, if you ask me, is a nicer name. Sue me. I discovered that there was a fandub made of the entire, full length movie, which is honestly a testament to the dedication of a lot of Animal Crossing fans. I decided to check out just a little bit of it, before questioning on ACC (Animal Crossing Community) and Reddit what the best way to watch the movie was, to no avail within the half a day before I simply decided to just watch the dub. So, I did just that.

And good lord, it was amazing in every sense of the word.

My first impressions of the movie were screenshots of it, which made the art look incredibly awkward and strange. Ai was incredibly skinny and just looked weird. There were a few awkward bits about the screenshots I saw, so I had my doubts about the quality of the movie.

Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. Very pleasantly surprised. I expected a movie with awkward artwork and slightly stiff animation. What I got was a gorgeous Studio Ghibli-styled anime movie with beautiful watercolor-style backgrounds, great looking characters with extremely fluid, smooth animation, and gorgeous lighting. While the watercolor backgrounds is nothing new in Anime, the characters all had that distinct, rounded style you see with many characters in Studio Ghibli movies. Maybe it was my expectations being low, but it looked gorgeous. I saw the screenshot of Rosie holding up her maid outfit (Which I didn’t actually know she was just holding up until I saw the movie) and I figured the animation of the dress would be somewhat stiff. What I saw in the movie was a flowing, smoothly animated dress that reacted perfectly to Rosie’s hyperactive movements. Oh, how wrong I was, and how glad I was about it.
As for the story, it’s one of the things that made me so interested in Animal Crossing after finishing. All the interactions between the characters are amazing, and they all have very distinct personalities, just like the games. The characters all feel very real and alive, with real emotions and personalities. The way Ai reacted to- here’s that spoiler- Margie leaving without telling her is exactly how any 10 year old kid would react to their friend leaving them without telling them. And I’m gonna be perfectly honest with you, that moment did make me tear up a bit. Mainly when Ai herself started crying. Hey, I never said I was a manly man. I ain’t no Jojo Fan. (Hey, that rhymed!) Rosie’s constant confusion about this “cherry pie” is always amusing. It’s an inside joke with Ai and Margie and It feels like a real inside joke between real people, and that’s what makes the interactions between characters amazing. The characters feel real. The interactions between… Yu? Is that even his name? Is that even how it’s spelt? Heck if I know. Yu and the crocodile guy that I forgot the name of never ceases to make he chuckle, and yet at the same time, react exactly how Ai does; “Really…?”.

I'm going to put the Story in the comments, as not only with it did this post go over the limit, but so that spoilers could more easily be avoided.

From the interactions between characters, the characters’ personalities, the first half of the story mainly, the artstyle, everything about this movie has helped to skyrocket Animal Crossing into my spot for my favorite Nintendo franchise. This movie is probably one of the best movies I’ve seen, and I would say the best game tie-in movie, but it doesn’t have very much competition there so that doesn’t really do it justice. I’m gonna be honest, I don’t think any of the games are gonna do Doubutsu No Mori justice. If we can get more dynamic relationships (as in, friendship, not anything more than that) between characters, that would be amazing. Seeing your favorite characters become friends, and then one leaving having an effect on the other, for example, would make all the characters seem much more alive. Personality shouldn’t be rigid in the series. It should change based on the circumstances, and I feel like having something like that in the games would improve the games and its characters greatly.
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Now, this comment is a full-on spoiler. This is the story for the movie, so if you haven't seen it and don't want it spoiled, don't read it. Select from here to the bottom of the post to read it. Annoying way of doing spoilers, but it is kinda idiot-proof.

-Begin Post-The story begins with Ai coming by cab to Animal Village. Yes, I believe this is based on Wild World. Anyway, she gets there and signs in, and is told by Tom Nook to start delivering stuff around the village. She meets a few people, including Rosie, that fox chick I never heard the name of- Is she a wolf? Is she a fox? (I dunno!) – and I believe Margie, if my memory serves correctly. She also meets Yu, who she doesn’t yet know at all. As she goes on with her life throughout animal village, she starts getting closer to Rosie and Margie, who quickly become her friends. Margie’s thing is that she wants to be a clothes designer. Ai and Margie hang out under a Cherry tree, which becomes the basis of the Cherry Pie joke- The whole idea is that this pie represents their dream, what they want to do, their talent. Anyway, after entering a museum with the lights of and being scared half to death by all the dinosaur skeletons, she discovers that one is missing- the Seismosaurus. At least, I think that’s what it’s called.

Eventually, Her, Rosie, Margie, Yu and the crocodile guy, go into a cave looking for a bunch of fossils, and end up encountering that, and more. When Yu tries to get some bones from the Seismosaurus skeleton in the hole of the cave- This cave is like a volcano, but with water and ice in it- the cave starts collapsing, and the lot of them barely make it out.

One of the next main events I remember is the KK Slider concert, where Ai and her friends are actually wearing some of Margie’s designs, if I’m correct. However, things quickly go south. I don’t remember exactly how long after, it may have been the next day, it may have been later that week, but eventually, Rosie rocks up to Ai’s house, mad/upset that she never went to see Margie off. Rosie explains what happened and Ai runs off to the town hall to see if Margie is still there. Sadly, she isn’t. Ai, depressed, walks throughout the village, on her way to the café, when it starts raining. Eventually, she reaches the café, where the bartender and the fox chick I don’t know the name of are. Both of them say something about Margie, which upsets Ai. She wonders why the both of them know, but she was never told. She mistakes it for Margie not wanting to be around her, the thought of which causes her to start crying. The fox chick- I’m just gonna keep calling her that- tells her that there would have been a reason for it. Ai understands this and once finishing off her drink, leaves the building, still upset, but not crying anymore. Probably the next major event is the point where Margie sends her a letter explaining why she didn’t tell Ai about her leaving, saying that if she told Ai personally, she’d be the one to start crying, and that she didn’t want to take her first step towards her future with tears in her eyes. Ai, in typical cheesy Nintendo anime fashion, yells towards the ocean towards Margie. What she said, I forgot. I was too focused on the fact that hOLY HECK WHY AM I CRYING

This is where the story starts taking a bit of a turn for the worse, in my opinion. Over the course of the movie so far, Ai has been receiving these messages in bottles about some “miracle” that’s going to happen during the winter festival, which she automatically assumes is something to do with UFOs. When the winter festival arrives, Margie arrives at Animal Village, stating that she’s on holidays for the time. A “UFO” crash lands and a bird-astronaut person tells them that when he bumped into something, 5 parts of his ship went flying off, and that he wanted the people from the village to help him. Naturally, everyone is suspicious of him- thank god for a Nintendo anime where people aren’t stupid- Looking at you, ASH- but they decide to help anyway. Ai, Rosie, Margie, Yu and the crocodile guy go searching for one of the parts, when they figure out that one fell inside the cave.

They try to unblock the cave and get inside, and succeed, only to find the piece of the top of the Seisomsaurus’ skull, near the top of the cave. Yu, with the help of a handy dandy rabbit suit he already had on, climbs up to get it. He falls down onto the crocodile guy’s head, which smashes the ice below him. Unlike other movies where broken ice is involved, there’s no real consequence to it, except that so his head doesn’t get any more wet, he takes off the rabbit hat he had on. The group take the piece back to the crash site, but the monkey guy comes back with another gear. Suddenly, REAL UFOs appear, and the gear Ai has turns into a little alien thing that can change shape and appearance. He goes and joins the rest of the aliens in the ships, and they leave, leaving an outline of Ai out of stars. As a result, she wins the Winter festival for the year. Because “No one I’ve seen has used the stars for a decoration”. Makes sense. She gets a trophy and I really don’t remember anything that happens after the whole UFO thing.

But as for the main parts of the story, that’s about it. The second half of the story seems very shoved in and seems like an attempt to make the movie more than just your average slice-of-life, which falls flat due to having very little runtime left to implement an actual story, and because, well, this is Animal Forest. The Animal Crossing games weren’t designed to be about an actual story. It’s not the worst thing in the universe, though. It’s alright at worst, and decent at best.
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I've not seen the movie the whole way through, but it's adorable. The original fandub by Batwing321 had some amazing voice acting work (but got taken down ) but the second one isn't too bad. Rosie is absolutely adorable, as is Ai. And Alfonzo is pretty great too. The whole "cherry pie" thing does go over my head, and, spoilers, the UFO thing was kinda weird and out of place, but it was still a really cute thing. I feel like if Animal Crossing was an actual animated series it would be very popular and work well in the format.
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Yeah, it would, and you're right about it being out of place. It felt tacked on as an excuse to give it more story than your generic slice of life, but that isn't the point of Animal Crossing. And i never heard about the original dub, i wonder if there's ANYWHERE it's available... And yeah, holy crap it was adorable. Rosie is the best thing ever.
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