Treasure Island (1978)
|Anime television series|
|Country of production||Japan|
|Studio||Tokyo Movie Shinsha|
|genre||Drama, children's and youth series|
|idea||Robert Louis Stevenson|
|First broadcast||October 8, 1978 to March 1, 1979 on NTV|
|1994 on RTL 2|
A treasure map falls into the hands of 13-year-old half-orphan Jim Hawkins, who runs the Admiral Benbow restaurant with his mother on the English coast . The wealthy Mr. Trelawney then provides a ship, the Hispaniola , to lift this treasure from a desert island in the Pacific. Jim meets up on board with the ship's cook John Silver and with doctor Dr. Livesey. Before the ship can reach the island, however, the crew, led by Silver and Jim, Dr. Livesey and some loyal sailors manage to escape.
From then on, two parties are on the island in search of the treasure of pirate captain Flint , whose right-hand man was Long John Silver. Jim has to deal with his confusing feelings towards Silver, whom he still regards as his friend despite his malice.
The castaway Ben Gunn, who was stranded on the island before the Hispaniola arrived, later joins the group around Jim Hawkins. The actual treasure hunt must be carried out jointly by pirates and sailors after several arguments. Eventually the place can be found where the treasure should be buried according to the map, but it is no longer there. The sailors can gain the upper hand through this disappointing situation and take the pirates and John Silver into custody. After a series of puzzles, the remaining men discover the treasure behind a glass-like wall in a cave.
On the way back, Long John Silver managed to escape, not without taking a considerable part of the treasure with him.
Production and publication
The series was produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha for NTV television. The studios Madhouse and Kobayashi Production were also involved. Directed by Osamu Dezaki , the character design comes from Akiu Sugino , who also directed the animation.
It was first broadcast from October 8, 1978 to March 1, 1979 on NTV in Japan. The German version was first broadcast by RTL 2 in 1994 . Repetitions at Tele 5 followed . The series has also been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Arabic, among others.
|role||Japanese speaker ( seiyū )||German speaker|
|Jim Hawkins||Mari Shimizu||Marek Harloff|
|Long John Silver||Genzo Wakayama||Michael Grimm|
|Mr. Trelawny||Junpei Takiguchi||Gerd Marcel|
|Dr. Livesey||Iemasa Kayumi||Harald Pages|
|Gray||Akio Nojima||Walter Wigand|
|Puppy||Akira Kamiya||Marek Erhardt|
|Captain Smolett||Hideaki Esumi||Klaus Dittmann|
|Karen Hawkins||Toshiko Maeda||Isabella Grothe|
|Captain Smolett||Hideaki Esumi||Klaus Dittmann|
|Lily||Rihoko Yoshida||Samira Chanfir|
|Billy Bones||Ryou Kurosawa||Ben Hecker|
|Captain Flint (parrot)||Kouichi Kitamura||Günter Lüdke|
The music in the series was composed by Kentarō Haneda . The song Takarajima was used for the opening credits , the credits were underlaid with the title Chiisana funanori ( 小 さ な 船 乗 り ), both sung by Yoshito Machida and also composed by Haneda.
|1||The mysterious stranger|
|3||The blind man|
|6th||John Silver, friend or foe?|
|7th||On the high seas|
|11||Land in sight|
|13||Attack of pirates|
|15th||No water in the fort|
|16||Jim's battle with the tides|
|17th||Slaughter on the Hispaniola|
|18th||Dead Hans is alive|
|19th||The end of silver?|
|20th||The secret of the treasure map|
|21st||Finally, the darling|
|22nd||The Skull Island|
|23||Silver has malaria|
|24||The shark's grave|
|25th||Farewell to Treasure Island|
Deviations from the template
Although the series takes the plot of Stevenson's novel very detailed, it still comes to events that do not exist in the book. In episode 8, for example, the Hispaniola encounters a ghost ship with the title Man Overboard , on which the recently killed vice-captain hangs up and accuses Silver of murder. Only when Silver drives over to the ship and knocks the ghost down from the gallows, the spook is over.
In episode 9 of the slave trade , the Hispaniola enters a port where Jim is kidnapped by slave traders a short time later. In his rescue, Silver is shot and then even has to defend Hispaniola against pirates.
The treasure is not found in the series by Ben Gunn, he just searched the island unsuccessfully. The treasure is discovered after a series of puzzles, at the end of which Jim shoots a wall with a bow and arrow.
Contrary to most other cinematic implementations , Silver is shown in the series without a full beard and relatively young. Jim also has a constant companion in the form of a leopard cub named Benbow .
- Treasure Island in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- The Treasure Island at Fernsehserien.de
- The Treasure Island at Animation Series.de
- Treasure Island in Anime News Network (English)
- Illustrated episode guide of the animated series, 1st part , 2nd part