The Bush Baby

The Bush Baby

Infobox animanga/Header
name = Bush Baby, Little Angel of the Grasslands


caption =
ja_name = 大草原の小さな天使 ブッシュベイビー
ja_name_trans = Daisougen no Chiisana Tenshi Busshubeibī
genre = Adventure, Drama
Infobox animanga/Anime
title =
director = Takayoshi Suzuki
studio = Nippon Animation
network = flagicon|Japan Fuji TV
network_other = flagicon|Spain Antena 3
flagicon|Italy Italia 1
flagicon|Germany Tele5
flagicon|Philippines ABS-CBN,GMA 7, QTV
flagicon|Austria ORF1
flagicon|Canada TVO
first = January 12, 1992
last = December 20, 1992
episodes = 40

nihongo|Bush Baby, Little Angel of the Grasslands|大草原の小さな天使 ブッシュベイビー|Daisougen no Chiisana Tenshi Busshubeibī, shortened as The Bush Baby, is the title of a 1992 anime series consisting of 40, 25-minute episodes. It is based on the novel, "The Bushbabies" (1965), by Canadian author William Stevenson.

The series is part of Fiji Television & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater which consists of TV anime series adaptations of classic children's books.

ummary

In 1964, a thirteen year-old British girl named Jackie Rhodes living in Kenya travels the savannah in the area of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya, where her father is an Animal Protection/ Wildlife Officer. Jackie finds an ill animal called a Bushbaby, whereupon she adopts him, calls him Murphy, and nurses him back to health. Murphy, Jackie, her family and their friends go on many adventures involving wild animals, poachers and more. When her father loses his job, the family prepares to return to England where they came from. At Mombasa, right before they are about to leave, Jackie realizes that she has lost the papers for her pet bushbaby, Murphy. She leaves the ship heading for England and it sets sail without her. Luckily, she meets Tenbo, her father's loyal African assistant. Tenbo has been spying on the export warehouse of some poachers and is now being pursued by them. In addition, a manhunt for Tenbo has begun because people think he has kidnapped Jackie. They must cross the dangerous savannah to escape the poachers and police officers chasing them. Along the way, Jackie teaches the now domesticated Murphy to survive in the wild, so that, before she leaves, she can release him in his natural habitat.

Characters

;nihongo|Jacqueline Rhodes|ジャックリーヌ・ローズ|Jakkurīnu Rōzu:anime voice|Maya Okamoto:Aka as nihongo|Jackie|ジャッキー|Jakkī, is the main character of the series. She is a 13-year-old British young girl who has great fascination about Africa since childhood. She is energetic, tomboyish and has a strong sense of justice influenced by her father in protecting African wildlife. She is often going out on an adventure with her pet bushbaby, Murphy. She is good at horseback riding.

;nihongo|Murphy|マーフィ|Māfi:anime voice|Yuri Shiratori:A young bushbaby Jackie raised to be her pet. He flees away when his home was disturbed and got injured by a vehicle Arthur was driving. He was brought home and was nursed by Jackie back to health. He is hyperactive and an imp as he grows. He likes mint candy but easily get intoxicated like a drunk and fall asleep. Jackie takes advantage of it and used as a bait to calm him down.

;nihongo|Andrew Rhodes|アンドルー・ローズ|Andorū Rōzu:anime voice|Junichi Kanemaru:Jackie's older brother. Like his father, he dreamed to become a wildlife protection officer, but he is also interested in becoming a veterinarian after he met Hanna at one time. He has a pet chameleon named Ben.

;nihongo|Arthur Rhodes|アーサー・ローズ|Āsā Rōzu:anime voice|Takaya Hashi:Jackie and Andrew's father. He is the wildlife protection officer patrolling the sanctuary.

;nihongo|Penny Rhodes|ペニー・ローズ|Penī Rōzu:anime voice|Kumiko Takizawa :Jackie and Andrew's mother. Her hobby is drawing and painting.

;nihongo|Kate Addleton|ケイト・アドルトン|Keito Adoruton:anime voice|Miyuki Matsushita:Kate is Jackie's best friend and classmate at school.

;nihongo|Laisa Addleton|ライサ・アドルトン|Raisa Adoruton:anime voice|Ai Satou:Kate's mother. She owns and runs the coffee farm.

;nihongo|Micky|ミッキー・ビル|Mikkī Biru:anime voice|Youko Matsuoka:He is Jackie's classmate at school. He is mischievous boy and likes to cause trouble to Jackie and Kate.

;nihongo|Tenbo|テンボ・ムルンビ|Tenbo Murunbi:anime voice|Jūrōta Kosugi:He is Arthur's assistant in protecting the wildlife sanctuary and Jackie's friend. An ex-soldier and brave warrior from a Camba tribe. He is good at playing the harmonica but poor at swimming.

;nihongo|Henry Rutherford|ヘンリー・ラザフォード|Henrī Razafōdo:anime voice|Bin Shimada:Henry is Laisa's younger brother and Kate's uncle. He is an engineer from an airline industry.

;nihongo|Hanna Kaufmann|ハンナ・カウフマン|Hanna Kaufuman:anime voice|Youko Sasaki:She is the veterinarian.

;nihongo|Professor Crankshaw|クランクショウ博士|Kurankushou-hakushi:anime voice|Kenichi Ogata:He is an archaeologist who is living in Kenya for more than 30 years. He travels all around Africa to find and excavate ruins of lost civilizations. He flies around these sites using his airplane, nicknamed, Mother Goose.

;nihongo|Hawa|ハワ|Hawa:anime voice|Mami Matsui:She is the helper who worked at Rhodes' household.

List of Episodes

Music

Opening Theme
*"APOLLO": Eps. 01 - 22
*:Lyrics and composition by: Shinji Tanimura
*:Arrangement by: Yasuo Sakou
*:Song by: Yasuhide Sawa

*nihongo|"A Smile as Prologue"|微笑みでプロローグ|Hohoemi de Purorōgu: Eps. 23 - 40
*:Lyrics by: Neko Oikawa
*:Composition by: Masayuki Kishi
*:Arrangement by: Kazuo Shinoda
*:Song by: Satoko Yamano

Ending Theme
*nihongo|"I'll Turn into a Bird"|鳥になる|Tori ni Naru
*:Lyrics and composition by: Shinji Tanimura
*:Arrangement by: Yasuo Sakou
*:Song by: Maya Okamoto

External links

*ann anime|2075
* [http://www.anime-info.co.uk/tvdb/tvdb259.htm "The Bush Baby"] at Animenfo
*imdb title|0168378
* [http://wmt.aceboard.com "World Masterpiece Theater's Club"] a forum to discuss the serie


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