10 things you didn’t know about the Animal Crossing anime


Many fans are aware of the Animal crossing video game franchise, especially thanks to its soaring popularity when New Horizons was released in 2020. However, very few know that an anime adaptation of Animal crossing Already exists.

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The animated adaptation is called Dōbutsu no Mori, Where Animal crossing: the film. It was produced by OLM, Inc. and distributed by Toho when it was released in 2006 in Japan. While the film features many familiar faces, such as Tom Nook, it also features other original characters such as human protagonists and even aliens.


ten There is no US release of the film


This film was released exclusively in Japan in 2006. In 2007, Nintendo of America made a statement saying that they had no plans to bring the film to North America. While there are English dubbed versions of the film that fans can find online, Nintendo of America still has no current and official plans to release the film in North America at the time of this writing. Fans are hopeful that a new film will be made and distributed beyond Japan, but it’s not yet clear if that will happen.

9 The main protagonist is a human


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Much like the player character is a human in the games, the main protagonist is a young girl named Ai who moves into Animal Village and bonds with the townspeople. This implies that she interacts not only with characters from the village, but also with a few characters from a neighboring village. Animal crossing fans might recognize many villagers, as characters such as Blathers, Celeste, and Rosie all appear in the film but are addressed by their Japanese names instead of the English versions (unless fans are watching a dubbed version). Some street vendors are also shown in the film, such as Redd.

8 There are aliens involved in the movie


Ai holding a UFO Animal Crossing movie

It may seem strange to some fans that aliens exist in the world of Animal crossing, but aliens appear. During the events of the film, the main cast ended up putting together parts of a spaceship. This led to them trying to find a missing piece in a cave blocked by a rock.

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This missing piece, however, turned out to be a genuine damaged UFO and belonged to a larger UFO group that was drawn to the village thanks to Ai lighting pines earlier in the film. Fortunately, the UFO reunited with its group and peacefully continued on its way, creating a constellation in the sky resembling Ai.

7 The film exists thanks to the success of Wild World


The film entered production thanks to the quality of one of the games in the franchise, Wild world, was successful with the public after its release in 2005. Wild world was so popular that three million copies were sold in Japan alone. A lot of Animal crossing the staff worked on the movie itself to give it the same vibe, appeal, and overall feel as the games. It turned out to be a success because it turned such a comfortable game into a great animated movie adaptation that performed well in Japanese theaters in the year of its release.

6 There is more than one human in the movie


Yu and Ai from Animal Crossing movie

Even though Ai is the main protagonist and the primary human that exists in the film, there are other human characters as well. One of them is a boy named YÅ«, who lives in a nearby village. Ai and YÅ« end up working together later to put together parts of a spaceship. This included them trying to find one of the missing pieces in a cave blocked by a rock, although they had little success until one of the other villagers helped them.

5 Tom Nook appears in the film


Tom Nook of Animal Crossing.

One of the many characters featured is Tom Nook, who divides fans. During his time in the film, he put Ai to work shortly after moving in by having her deliver goods from his store to other residents. His behavior in the movie made him even more off-putting to some fans than his in-game version.

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Unfortunately for Isabelle fans, she does not appear. This is attributed to the fact that she did not yet exist in the franchise when the film was initially created. Isabelle didn’t start appearing until after the match New leaf was released in 2012.

4 The film performed well in theaters


8 players on a single island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The film was released in 2006 and debuted in Japanese theaters as the third highest grossing Japanese film of its opening weekend. By the end of 2006, it became the thirtieth highest grossing film that year. The film was subsequently released on DVD in Japan in 2007, and the first print editions included Animal crossing-themed carrying pouches. Given its success in Japan, fans outside the country are hopeful that it will be officially introduced in their respective countries one day despite Nintendo of America’s lack of plans to do so.

3 A film version of KK Slider exists


KK Slider performs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Fan favorite musician KK Slider is featured in the film, especially when he plays one of his tracks, “KK Bossa”. Meanwhile, the main protagonist cried because she missed one of the other residents, Sally, leaving Animal Village to pursue a career in styling without notifying Ai first.

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Many fans were saddened to see Ai cry over the lack of her friend, despite the beautiful music KK was playing at the time since the music itself reminded him of Sally. Luckily, Sally later sent Ai a letter explaining that she hadn’t told him to move out ahead of time because a goodbye would be too painful, and encouraged Ai to take her trip.

2 The pines are automatically decorated with lights in winter


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Much like the way cedars are automatically decorated with colorful, festive lights during the holiday season in the games, the pine trees were automatically decorated with lights during the winter season in the movie. These trees have already been planted by Ai, who received mysterious messages in bottles saying that something miraculous would happen during the winter festival if she planted the pines in specific areas. This ended up helping him later win the Winter Festival competition for the best decoration, but it also attracted aliens to the village.

1 The film progresses through three of the four seasons


Animal Crossing: New Horizons player visits his busy campsite

The events of the film progress through three of the four seasons. The protagonist, Ai, moved into Animal Village during the summer. In the fall, Ai ends up missing Sally’s farewell party when she leaves town to pursue her career as a fashion designer. The film then ends during the winter, when the winter festival takes place and Ai wins the competition for the best decoration. Many viewers enjoyed watching the film progress through most of the four seasons, although all of the scenes set in the spring have been ruled out.

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