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Wonderful Adventures of Nils (Pierrot, 1980-81)

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Based on a children’s book by the Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, this 52-episode series focuses on Nils Holgersson, a brattish, self-centered farm lad who gets magically shrunk to miniature size and gains the power to understand the language of animals. The livestock, weary of being the brunt of his mean pranks, chase him from the premises, and he teams up with Mårten, a white barn goose who has heard the call of the wild. The two join a flock of wild geese and set off on an airborne adventure that takes them from one end of Sweden to the other. You can read a fuller account of this interesting series in the description of the first image in the gallery.

Chief director of the series was Hisayuki Toriumi, who had previously taken the same role with the big success Gatchaman. Character designer and chief animation director was Toshiyasu Okada, a veteran of Grave of the Fireflies and Dog of Flanders. The project was the very first production of Studio Pierrot, and it proved so successful, both domestically and in foreign-language syndication, that it elevated this firm into a major player in the anime industry. Director Toriumi and animation director Okada teamed up again in 1982 to create The Mysterious Cities of Gold, an even bigger international success for Pierrot.

 Mårten and Nils on the wing.

 Nils captured by Smirre

 Mårten and Nils on the wing: Reanimation

 Nils is disenchanted

 Nils in the claws of a friend

 Nils riding on Gorgo

 Nils and Carrot flying

 Nils and Carrot flying: Reanimation

 Smirre on the prowl: D26

 Smirre on the prowl: D28

 Smirre on the prowl: D30

 Smirre on the prowl: Reanimation

 The Joy of Flying

 Nils and Carrot in the air

 Nils and Carrot riding on Mårten (A133)

 Nils and Carrot riding on Mårten (A139)

 Nils and Carrot riding on Mårten (A144 END)

 Nils and Carrot riding on Mårten (reanimation)

 Akka gives Nils a ride home from an adventure (A22, A24)

 Akka gives Nils a ride home from an adventure (A49)

 Akka gives Nils a ride home from an adventure (A78)

 Mårten and Nils take off with the flock.

 Mårten and Nils take off with the flock: Reanimation

 Chibi Nils falls into enemy hands.
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