Eight-year-old Remi lives in a quiet village with his mother. His father, Jerome Barbarin, lives in Paris and provides the family with money to stay afloat; but soon they receive word that Jerome has been in a terrible accident and cannot support them further. After struggling through a tough winter, Remi and his mother are soon elated to see that their father has returned home - but he is not the man that he used to be. Cold and distant, Jerome soon secretly sells Remi to a traveling entertainer; and thus Remi's hardships begin. Moving from place to place, Remi experiences tragedy on a large scale. Friends come, go, and die; newfound families are torn apart; and otherwise Remi is abused, abandoned, and mistreated. Can Remi ever find his place in the world?
Perrine is a young girl who lives in Bosnia with her Indian mother and beloved father – that is, until her father passes away, leaving her mother with a single wish: travel to France to be with his father. The over 1,000 kilometer journey seems unfathomable, but Perrine and her mother have a plan: they will photograph people in the towns along the way to support themselves. With their hardy donkey Palikare and faithful dog Baron, the two set forth for Paris; along the way they encounter kind souls, barren villages, and a number of hardships; will Perrine and her mother survive the long journey to France?
Hardships and heartbreaks are both plenty in supply. It is all about traveling, family and friends. Getting them, losing them, finding them.
Both are mostly set in France in about the same time period.
And have very similar animation and music. Plus both were made around 1978.
Both anime were made during the same period (70's) and both are adaptations of classic lterature. As a matter of fact, both are adaptations from books by the same author, Hector Malot. Remi would be the adaptation of "Sans Famille" while Perrine would be the adaptation of "En Famille".
I'm surprised these classics do not have a higher rating. My guess is that the animation style seems too crude for modern audiences, but I personally find it extremely artsy and well made.
Rumors have it that a man called "The God of Death" wanders from town to town buying children from poor families, sending them off to the city of Milan where they must work as chimney sweeps and never return home. An innocent, kind-hearted boy named Romeo finds himself in this unimaginable situation, courageously selling himself to the God of Death in exchange for money to pay his father's medical bills. Shortly before arriving in Milan, Romeo forms a friendship with a mysterious, intelligent boy named Alfredo who is on the same path. Upon entering the city together, Romeo and Alfredo must learn the hardships of chimney sweeping, standing up to gangs, protecting those that they love, and keeping their promises.
Romeo and Remi are two young boys put in an unthinkable situation: they are taken from their families and forced to work as slave labor and endure endless hardships. If tragedies involving children are your thing, look no further!
Both Nobody's Boy Remi and Romeo's Blue Skies are stories in which children are suddenly and forcibly thrown into a world that is much too big for them. Both are perhaps too lighthearted for the subject matter (although Nobody's Boy has a few truly heartbreaking moments) and both have annoyingly psychic narrators that tell the audience what's gonna happen before it's gonna happen. Nobody's Boy is the better show, but the two shows are much too similar to enjoy one and not the other.
In 19th century Belgium, in the Flanders countryside, lived a young boy with an artistic flair named Nello, and his faithful companion Patrash. Though poor in the physical sense, the two friends shared a rich life along with Alois, one of Nello's neighbors, and his grandfather, his last living relative. Though great sorrow and hardship looms closely in the future, one thing is for certain, the devotion and companionship of Nello and Patrash will never fade...
Dog of Flanders and Nobody's Boy Remi are tragedies; people die, bad things happen, and you generally feel flat out crappy for the lead character in either case. Set in a similar time period and having an animation style, fans of one would definitely appreciate the other.
When Heidi's parents died while she was a baby, she was left in the care of her selfish aunt Dete. However, now that Dete has found work abroad she has left five-year-old Heidi at her grandfather's house; he is a cantankerous old man who lives in the hills of Dorfli Village, with only his goats and the young goat herder Peter as his makeshift friends. In her new home, Heidi will learn to love the countryside, make friends with the flowers and goats, and most importantly warm the hearts of all of the people around her.
Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?
If you like one of these shows, you're going to love the other. It's really as simple as that. Both are French novel adaptations flawlessly brought to life in anime form by director Osamu Dezaki. I could praise him endlessly but the entire staff for both shows deserves a medal or two. Both shows retain a very serious tone and can be pretty melodramatic, with RoV diving a bit more into romances whereas Remi is more of a somber adventure following his everyday life as he barely gets by. The art and music in both are very high quality if you're into old stuff (honestly look better than a handful of 80's shows I've seen). I'll just stop there though, simply enough these are absolute masterpieces from Dezaki. Must see for both.