Alfred J Kwak (Dutch, it takes place in Holland) lost his parents, brothers and sisters when he was young. He was raised by a mole. The series covers the life of Alfred from the day he is born. In his life Alfred tries to help all sorts of animals all over the world. The series are meant to entertain children and teach children about life, covering historical aspects like WW II.
"Happy Happy ~ Alfred's Walk" by Megumi Hayashibara "Ik ben vandaag zo vrolijk" by Ryan van den Akker and Herman van Veen (Dutch) "Warum bin ich so fröhlich?" by Ryan van den Akker and Herman van Veen (German)
Ahiru no Quack, or better known as Alfred J. Kwak is a dutch anime aimed at kids.
But unlike most cartoons aimed at kids, Alfred J. Kwak features lots of mature and mostly sad the,es. Amongst others it deals with various social and political issues, like abuse, or power. Even with all these negative themes, the shows about important values too, like friendship, family and solidarity.
The anime is notable for the political themes on which it points a highlight. In the anime ...our main protagonist fights a evil fascist dictator, takes in refugees, saves whales against hunter and even oversees the changeover of his country from
an sbolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.
Such themes are far from typical in a children'sanime, and form a big part of Alfred J. Kwak's appeal. Other episodes have satirised the Japanese love of golf, and criticised countries which have sharp north/south economic divides.
The story settles around a duck, some time after birth Alfred loses his parents and sisters, and is raised by a mole, which was a good friend of his parent. Together they wind up in lots of different adventures, fun adventures, but even so, very dangerous one's.
What's nice is that Alfred actually grows up, from a small kid, at the end of the show, he's an adult duck. In most kid's shows the characters don't age/or at least mature.
The art is simple, but astonishing beautiful, it has this old style which really appeals to kids, and yet, me too. I've seen the series as I was a kid, here on television, but I can still enjoy it when I put (the tapes) on. I've seen the anime in different versions, the original (dutch), japanese, german, english etc. etc. And most of the times the audio sfx's stay the same, which is good.
The characters are magnificent, we got Alfred, the duck. Who lives in a giant glog-shaped house.Then we got a mole who takes care of the duck.
Dolf, the leader of the bad organization "National Crows' Party", who resembles Adolf Hitler. Then we get a "black" duck, who's a refugee and Alfred's girlfriend, a polar bear who's a scientist, we even got a stork and a magpie as cool characters.
We've got lots of animals, who resemble or potrait cool, funny, evil and most of all, fun people (or just) fictional beings. For kids it's highly enjoyable, if you like serious anime's with a small touch of kids view, this is what you need to see.
When i saw this show on this site i was like wat??????this show isn't a anime its a cartoon.Anyways and this inst a kids show like all other kids shows as a kid i watched this show i still own some books from it(Yes i am dutch).When i was 5 almost 6 i saw this show the first time(Probably the reason why i am so screwed up :S)I agree with roriconfan that its a bit harsh for a kids show but also i have a deep love for it that love is called nostalgia.I almost have no bad words for the show except
like i mentioned earlier that its a bit harsh for a kids show but on the other side as kid i was happy happy to see a show on TV that was not to soft and boring and also not fighting only witch was fun at first but boring later and for some reason i never hated to watch a episode cause every time i saw it there where things i saw which i missed the first the first time watching.
Something different from most kids shows is that the characters are very complicated and react in a way that a normal person would react and not like a cartoon characters
way.Also the characters are so very sympathetic even most of the bad guys(in their own way).The story was awesome except some parts (side story's/fillers) where it just got weird.
The art was OK t but it got the job more than done and was unique but nothing to special.
I really loved the songs as child and still do the background music was very exquisite to the voices where on one side very good done like when someone needed to sound sad,angry,happy,worried they sounded like that but the voices them self where at sometimes really bad.
Alfred J Kwak i really love his background story and he acts really adult for his age although in some a little hotheaded he is a honest and trustworthy.
I have still some trauma's from this show(Not really) like i said i really like this show and it has allot nostalgia for me.
I think its a great story with decent art great sound very likable characters and a really enjoying and a great overall
I think this show is the reason why most dutch people are mentally mutilated(not really).But i know one thing if i ever have kids i will raise the with this this show (i will let them watch it probably at a older age).Also if someone knows where i can watch the episodes i would really like to know because i have most of them on video fut dutch dubbed and i am interested in the Subs. So in short its a awesome show for kids(8 year and older) but also for adults and i recommend everyone who has not seen it yet to see it.
This is the FIRST anime serie i,ve seen on t.v as a kid with my sister ( back at the time i din't knew anything about anime, too young, ) but i notice'd that it looked diffrent and more well done background sketckes than any other cartoon i've watched then so far ( i was around 3,5 years old) back in '89. On air on t.v it became a very populair cartoon for the kids and the further the story developed, it went to a darkertwist somewhat offensive with some sign's of WW2 and the rasicm apartheid in back then South-Afrika something u
NEVER EVER seen in american cartoons. Alfred Jodocus Kwak , full name in dutch, and other chara. had a very long and on/off relationship with eachother ever since class, but for alfred later on ( and his father Henk the mole) it involves as well some otherworldy adventure's , alien entitie's, space adventure and as well very educational theme's about the place were they live resemble to the netherlands.