Bara no Hana to Joe

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Synonyms: Rose Flower and Joe, Bara no Hana & Joe
Japanese: バラの花とジョー


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 1977
Producers: Sanrio
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Picture book
Genre: DramaDrama
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 20 min.
Rating: PG - Children


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Ranked: #108102
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Popularity: #12538
Members: 1,225
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It's a Sanrio picture that feels partly like an anime art film and partly like a Warner Bros. cartoon. The film features some very creative imagery, a groovy 70's jazz score, and very little spoken dialogue. It's a story about a dog named Joe that falls in love with a rose and protects it from a mean-spirited crow. There's some energetic Friz Freleng style action, and also some unexpectedly grim tragedy.



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Yanase, Takashi
Director, Theme Song Lyrics, Series Composition, Art Director, Original Creator
Seri, Youko
Theme Song Performance
Hirata, Toshio
Key Animation
Ishikawa, Yamako
Background Art


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Mar 6, 2018
Hence there's no review for this short, obscure movie I've decided to write one myself, perhaps this might help other users decide whether or not to watch it themselves.

This is a fairly old film from the 70's produced by Sanrio, the same staff responsible for the much more acclaimed Chirin no Suzu , so is Bara no Hana to Joe as good as the aforementioned movie? I would have to answer: close enough.
First of all, the duration of Bara no Hana to Joe is less than half of Chirin no Suzu, yet in about 20 minutes, it manages to convey a rather ...
Dec 16, 2018
Wow, for a story based on a children's book, this is one downer of a story!

The short (20 minute) anime is definitely laid out like a young children's book, with a simple story and just three characters, simple backgrounds, and a kindly narrator that will speak a few sentences of story, followed by a minute or two of music, then more story.

It's about the love story between a young puppy dog and a giant anthropomorphic rose. Yes, you read that right. This is the trippy-dippy Seventies, after all, and why not a kiddie ...

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