Detail-oriented, meticulous Willy Fog lives in London and is in the process of hiring a new butler. While at the pub that day, Willy finds himself faced with a fascinating question: how many days would it take to travel the world? While his comrades believe it would take three months, Willy wagers he can do it in only eighty days - a wager that his peers meet with a 20,000 pound reward if he is able to pull it off. Willy and his new butler set forth that very evening to complete their quest - but challenges await! A devious wolf has been hired to stop Willy from achieving his goal, and two nosy inspectors are on Willy's trail, certain that he was responsible for a bank robbery...
It is the early 17th century in France. Dogtanian is a simpleton countryside dog that aspires to join the ranks of the Royal Musketeers – the personal guard of King of France Louis XIII and his Queen, Anne of Austria. Thirsty for adventures, he never looks back to an opportunity to save the day or his beloved Julliet. Together with his friends Sandy the horse; Planchet the servant; and the three muskehounds Athos, Porthos and Aramis; Dogtanian will fight Cardinal Richelieu's evil plots to seize the power of France. However, his goal won’t be easy, as Cardinal Richelieu has powerful allies that will do anything to defeat the noble musketeers including the Treacherous Milady, the ever-fleeting Count Rochefort and the clumsy Captain Widdemer.
Old school anime from the days when children-targeted shows still kept the trail left by Disney's works, using anthropomorphized animals as the only characters.
Even so, they are still quite enjoyable even if lots of water passed under the bridge of animation since the 80s.
A total blast from the past comes in the form of two classic tales re-told with the help of some friendly animal faces. Willy Fog travelling around the world in 80 days is now a friendly lion, and the 3 Musketeers are played by a group of handsome hounds. Childish in nature, these shows will definitely appeal to kids of the 80's (especially those that can remember the BBC broomcuboard).
If you're old enough to have watched and loved one, the other should definitely appeal to you.
Dogtanian was a favourite of mine growing up and watching television. It was only later that I discovered Willy Fog, to be honest they are both very similar in a lot of respects and of course they are aimed at younger children but there is a lot of appeal if you appreciate older animation and that retro feeling of nostalgia you get when watching something so old.
If you like one of them you are going to at least enjoy the other one.
When the pirate cat Flint leaves young Jim and his mouse companion Gran a map to Treasure Island, the two find themselves swept up in a glorious adventure. On the high seas the duo encounters sea creatures and destroyed ships galore; but most importantly, they find themselves prisoners aboard the ship of the dreaded Long John Silver. Alongside Kathy, Flint’s granddaughter, Jim and Gran will brave violent storms, try to keep the map safe, and ultimately try their best to find the treasure before their captors do first!
Animal Treasure Island and 80 Days with Willy Fog are whimsical, fun adventure anime involving various animals. They'd appeal to the same audiences, and are cute to watch - try it on for size!
Animal Treasure Island is very similar in its style to that of Willy Fog. It has that sort of old parchment look to it and it is charming and adorable. The main difference is obviously the cast being anthropromorphic animals in Willy Fog with no humans but Animal Treasure Island has some humans thrown in.
Both are retellings of famous stories we are bound to know and love and both are aimed at children although there is plenty to be enjoyed in both for adults (apart from the English voice acting in Animal Treasure Island!). I would find myself recommending both if you like either one.
Fourteen-year-old Jean was just an ordinary would-be inventor, until the mysterious Nadia crashed into his life. With no family, a pet lion and a jewel known as the Blue Water, Nadia is constantly on the run from those who want to steal her most valuable gem. Now, with a trio of thieves and the nefarious organization known as Gargoyle on their trail, Jean and Nadia must struggle to learn the secret of the Blue Water and protect its powers from those who would use them to destroy the world!