Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Fables of the Green Forest


Fables of the Green Forest by Thornton W. Burgess is one of those animated shows you could never quite forget.

My brother adored the program, so we would watch it often on TV Ontario (which was a gold mine for children during the eighties). As much as I liked it, I must admit, I was also a little unnerved whilst watching. The animals of that Green Forest were never far from danger, as predators would often lurk about--a thought of which always remained in the back of my mind during each episode. Even the memorable theme song (which once heard is rather difficult to kick out of your head and tends to pop up when you are seriously concentrating on other things) also warned of danger. You can watch the opening sequence (and hear the theme song) via YouTube. I suppose the fearful aspect of the program was useful in its own right--because children, like the main characters in the Green Forest aren't immune to dangers and looking back, I suspect it was a good way to open our young minds.

Thanks to Jody for sending me the link!

Update: Read more here.

Update: You can now view most episodes of Fables of the Green Forest on YouTube. Click here for more.

26 comments:

  1. where can i purchase this ??? i NEED to recapture my youth ...........you dont understand ......I NEED IT!!!!


    davecamm@sympatico.ca

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    1. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCxuo7gEx40JtdSmoz4v36PA

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  2. Hello Dave! Believe me I understand your pain. I really do. I've done searches for Fables of the Green Forest and have unfortunately come up empty.

    Your best bet is to keep checking eBay or send in an email to the folks at TVO or perhaps even Amazon. YouTube only has brief clips of the Intro. The links in the post above have some nice bits of info about the show (you could even contact those webmasters for assistance).

    Not much help here but I'll keep an eye out too. Cheers and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. Fables of the Green Forest was a great show, but as I watched it as a kid, I always suspected it was for adults; it could be truly scary! The fox and his mother used to really unnerve me.

    But I later found out the the show was based on books written about 100 years ago, so I have to assume the world wasn't as "barney" as it is today - kinda glad of that myself.

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  4. Hello rca! That fox and his mum were truly scary. Alot of the situations the characters got into were tense weren't they? Definitely not Barney material. :)

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  5. Anonymous5/15/2008

    I found a purchase page on
    http://8store.8thman.com/ta3.htm
    anyway, I'm thinking it will be great if anyone has it for share....

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  6. That would be fantastic! I'd love to see the whole series again. Thank you for letting me know!

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  7. I provided the owner of the site with about 30 episodes. Make sure to download them rather than stream them:

    http://broszkowski.com/tv/fablesofthegreenforest/fablesofthegreenforestdownload.htm

    Here's the TVO forum as well:

    http://www.broszkowski.com/tvokidsforum/index.php

    Lots of great TVO shows to download.

    Enjoy.

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  8. OMG Marco!! Thank you so much for the links. You've made us fans truly happy. I'll post the links up as soon as I can.

    Cheers to you :)

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  9. hi this was one of my favorite shows too!

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  10. Hello eflove! It was an awesome show wasn't it? It always had me glued to the screen.

    Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  11. Anonymous11/09/2008

    i'm sad i need this show badly... people don't understand why don't they just put it out on dvd.... =(

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  12. I hear ya! :) It would be wonderful to have this show on dvd. But for now you can download some episodes via this link:

    http://broszkowski.com/tv/fablesofthegreenforest/fablesofthegreenforestdownload.htm

    cheers!

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  13. The link Marco provided isn't complete. I guessed at the end and it got me to his site eventually but the links to episodes just open to a screen full of text - which then freezes my browser and I have to shut down. Has anyone else managed to view the episodes online? Please let me know! Thanks.

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  14. Hi Krista,

    (1)For some reason the link keeps cutting off, whenever it's posted here in the comments.

    Here's the link once again for anyone else who'd like to visit the site.


    (2)Actually, you can view those clips but you have to download them directly. Simply right click and save the file (rather than clicking on each link)--at the top they request that visitors not stream the files.

    They're not the best quality but it's a start.

    I'm not aware of any other sites where you can view the cartoon.
    But if the info comes to my attention, I'll definitely post it up!

    Cheers

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  15. Anonymous1/06/2010

    I'd found a DVD through Amazon or Ebay, but it was simply a homemade one, containing about 4 episodes.

    Upon searching the web, I found some torrents titled "The Green Forest volume 1" and there's a volume 2 also. 3.5GB each or so, and each file is a DVD that contains about 5 or 6 episodes each. Not a bad find..

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  16. Wow, that's a great find! Thanks so much for the tips. Much appreciated. :)

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  17. Anonymous4/24/2014

    If anyone's interested in the original (japanese) version, both 26-episode seasons are available in remastered DVD box-sets, example:
    http://www.amazon.com/Animation-Fables-Forest-Digitally-Remastered/dp/B005JANJLS/ref=pd_sim_sbs_mov_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1RC1MW5B9Z852ZPDDDDP

    Also, as it is an anime it is also listed on many anime sites, such as: http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=2309 (This site also lists ED2K hashes)

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  18. Anonymous12/13/2014

    I like this show because it was semi realistic. The backgrounds were very nicely painted too.

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  19. You can now watch most episodes on the Fables of the Forest channel on YouTube. Enjoy! Kind regards, Peter
    URL: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxuo7gEx40JtdSmoz4v36PA

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    1. Wonderful! I'll post the link. Thanks so much Peter! :-)

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  20. This show has finally gotten a proper DVD release, available on Amazon, though it seems to b e Japanese only with no subtitles :)

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    1. Thanks for the heads up, I appreciate it. :)

      According to Amazon it unfortunately can't play on North American DVD players. Oh well. :)

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  21. There is now a website for 'Fables of the Green Forest':
    fablesofthegreenforest.wordpress.com . Read about the story and characters of this 1970s animé, the books that inspired it, the author and makers, view the episodes and sing along with the theme song as you watch opening with lyrics. Or get involved in the Subtitle Project, a way to add the 8 missing episodes to the playlist!

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  22. Yes to this post! I also remember watching with my brother after school and I have to admit, I was scared most times. The setting was always so ominous and Freddy Fox was always a danger. Good times.

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  23. I remember watching “Fables Of The Green Forest” on its first (and, to date, only) showing in the UK, on the ITV network in 1983 – although a VHS release followed in the UK some years later – and whilst at times quite an eerie, haunting, scary and dark series, it was unmissable viewing for me in my childhood… An interest in nature and wildlife soon followed, not to mention an obsession with Animé which continues to this day… For some reason this series sadly never really caught on the UK, which is a real pity, as the animation, backdrops, music and voices are just beautiful! Bobby Raccoon was always my favourite character, whilst the series has had a long-lasting effect in that whenever someone says the word ‘trouble’, I always immediately shout out “Trouble! Trouble! Trouble!” as per Sammy Blue Jay’s line in the show’s opening titles! �� I especially loved your observation that the animals of that Green Forest were never far from danger, as predators would often lurk about, as well as the opening titles / theme song warning of danger - they certainly do!

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