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Title (English) 3000 Leagues in search of Mother
Title (Japanese) haha wo tazunete sanzen ri

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Fantasy Novel

Notes a.k.a. "Marco", "From the Apennines to the Andes".
Creator(s): Edmondo de Amicis (Cuore)

A title in Fuji TV & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater (meisaku)TV anime series of adaptations of classic children's books.

Classification WMT
Synopsis At a time when many Italians emigrated in search of work, Marco's mother, a trained nurse, travels to Argentina in search of work. When her letters cease two years later, Marco goes in search of her. In Genova Marco meets a travelling entertainer and his family.
Review The images are from the Japanese movie version, which is cut from the TV series. The TV series has also been broadcast in Europe.
Dramatically, this seems one of the more satisfying of the WMT series, with a strong narrative. Visually, I found that the series is let down by the crude character designs. The lavish background paintings are much more in keeping with the ambitions of the narrative. (BTW. the Japanese dialogue of the movie is fairly easy to follow if you are learning that language.)
Peppino & family | Ship | Railway
Credits Series Director: Isao Takahata
Character Designer: Yoichi Otabe Data from Ben Ettinger
Episodes 52
Release Jap:DVD, Jap:VHS, Jap:LD, It:TV
TV Showing See the whole series for free? This series may be syndicated to regional cable, satellite or terrestial TV stations. For Europe click here.
Date 1976 January 4 - 1976 December 26
Production Nippon Animation
Broadcaster Fuji TV
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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