Flanders no Inu (Movie)

The Dog of Flanders

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: フランダースの犬 (1997)
English: The Dog of Flanders
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 15, 1997
Studios: Nippon Animation
Source: Novel
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, PetsPets, Visual ArtsVisual Arts
Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Ranked: #9882
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Popularity: #4681
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Nello Daas is a gifted artist residing in a village on the outskirts of Antwerp, Belgium. He earns a living by selling milk in a market in the middle of the city alongside his ailing grandfather. His best friend, Alois Cogez, is the daughter of his callous landlord, who believes that Nello is corrupting his daughter and unbefitting her class. Angered by Alois' closeness to a peasant, her father sends her away to a school in Antwerp to prevent them from meeting again.

While continuing his daily market runs, Nello stumbles upon an art contest surrounding the famous Peter Paul Rubens—a Flemish artist he holds in high regard. Not only does the contest offer a monetary prize, but it also comes with the opportunity to study art at a school in the same city Alois is studying. Now with a goal in mind, Nello begins to brainstorm the perfect piece, but a series of adversities threatens to end his dreams prematurely.

Yet, through thick and thin, is his loyal dog, Patrasche, whom he saved from the brink of death at the hands of a cruel owner. As Nello endures through various hardships, Patrasche supports him throughout them. Flanders no Inu is a reimagined film that captures the classic story between an innocent boy and his faithful canine best friend as they traverse together until the bitter end.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Characters & Voice Actors



Daas, Nello

Tsumura, Makoto

Cogez, Alois

Tange, Sakura

Daas, Jehan

Yagi, Kousei


Tomita, Kousei

Art Store Owner

Ogata, Kenichi

Mrs. Jestas

Takeguchi, Akiko


Adachi, Shinobu

Mrs. Nulette

Nakanishi, Taeko

Mr. Jestas

Mine, Eken


Kuroda, Yoshio
Fujino, Sadayoshi
Sound Director
Maruo, Miho
Tanabe, Osamu
Storyboard, Layout


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"When I Cry" by Dianne Reeves


Sep 21, 2009
There are many anime that have the ability to bring one to tears, for any number of reasons. Barefoot Gen, Grave of the Fireflies, Clannad: After Story, Air, Ushiro no Shoumen Daare, etc, etc, etc, are but some of the titles that have tried to make the audience sympathise with their tales, some with more success than others.

Where Flanders no Inu (or, to give it it's correct moniker, A Dog of Flanders), differs from those stories though, is that it's all been done before...

For those of you who don't know, the story known as "A Dog of Flanders" was originally written by Ouida (the pen ...
Jul 16, 2010
My rating for this is a whopping 95/100

I've watched many movies throughout my childhood. Namely the Pokemon movies, some Disney movies (namely Aladdin), and others. But none of them have really made a huge impact on me because of the limited time they have to get made. Characters aren't always developed, plots are too narrow, and some just turn out plain terrible...that is, until I stumbled upon THIS. I read about it on a blog and I thought "This looks interesting. Maybe I'll watch it." And right when I did...I WAS BAWLING LIKE A BABY AT THE END!!! I FOUND MY NUMBER ONE MOVIE EVER!!! ...
Feb 3, 2009
Do not let the above synopsis fool you, while the relationship between dog and boy certainly is affectionate PLEASE do not watch this film expecting a light-hearted, heart-warming, Homeward Bound-esque story because this film is certainly far from it. ;-;

Flanders no Inu (Dog of Flanders) is based on the book by Marie Louise de la Ramée, it has been widely read and also adapted into several films and anime (MAL actually lists two series). This film is pretty much a compacted version of said series.

I found the story very... honest. It addresses poverty issues that occurred back in those days and it really doesn't beat ...

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