The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1980 TV series)

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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Screenshot of the opening logo of the television series. First appeared on ABS-CBN (Tagalog dub) in 1997; re-aired 2014-2015.
(Tomu Sōyā no Bōken)
Genre Comedy-drama, historical
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Saito
Produced byTakaji Matsudo
Written byMei Katō
Takeshi Kiyose
Seijirō Kōyama
Yoshiro Tomita
Tadahiko Isomi
Akira Miyazaki
Shōgo Ōta
Music by Katsuhisa Hattori
Studio Nippon Animation
Original network Fuji TV
Original run 6 January 1980 28 December 1980
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (トム・ソーヤーの冒険, Tomu Sōyā no Bōken) is an anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Hiroshi Saitô, which premiered on January 6, 1980, and ending its run on December 28 the same year. [1] [2] It is based on the well-known and popular 1876 novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. [3]


The series was broadcast on the World Masterpiece Theater, an animation staple on Fuji TV, that each year showcased an animated version of a classical book or story of Western literature, and was originally titled Tom Sawyer no Bōken. [4] It was the second installment of the series, after Rascal the Raccoon in 1977, to feature the work of an American author.

This series was dubbed into English by Saban International and broadcast on HBO in 1988 under the title The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at 7:30 am. It alternated with the later World Masterpiece Theater version of Little Women . Celebrity Home Entertainment released videos in the United States under the title All New Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

A different English dub of the series has been shown in Southeast Asia. In 1997, 2008 and 2014, it was shown on ABS-CBN. In 2015 and 2016, a digitally remastered version was shown on the ABS-CBN Digital TV subchannel Yey! in the Philippines.

In January 2011, the anime was shown in the United States in the original Japanese on the NHK's cable channel TV Japan.








English episode titles from the 1988 Saban dub are listed in parentheses.

1The Small World of Tom Sawyer ("Tom's Wild Pig Chase")
2A Fun Punishment ("The Whitewashing Party")
3Love At First Sight ("Love at First Sight")
4The Magic spell ("Turning on the Charm")
5Becky ("Tom's First Date")
6Huck's House ("Home Sweet Huck")
7The Rival ("Tom Meets His Match")
8Panic at Board
9Aunt Polly is Sick
10Injun Joe
11The Treasure
12The Professor
13The Pirates
14Pirates Don't Go To School
15Poor Aunt Polly
16The Funeral
17Back to School ("Tom's Moment of Glory")
19The Frog Race
20The Secret of Mr. Dobbins
21The Summer Holidays
22The Charlatan
23Fishing party
24Huck Wears a Tie
25A Stubborn Boy
27The Rising of the Curtain
28Help Lisette!
29Goodbye Lisette
30Huck's Father
31The Candlestick
32Gold in Petersburg
33Escape to Freedom
34The man who came from the sky
35Tom wants to fly
36Fixing the balloon
37Goodbye Arthur
38The Accident
39A Question of Confidence
40The Trial
41Where is Injun Joe?
42A Pleasant Journey
43The White Horse
44The Capture
46The Haunted House
47The Cave
48The Death of Injun Joe
49The Sad Ending


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