Sometimes, I wonder why I like dark, violent, angsty stories... why my fanart tends to take a dark twist... and then I remember what I grew up on.
Chirin no Suzu aka Ringing Bell
A surprisingly dark film for a G rating, an old anime made in 1978.
The likes of this film, along with others such as The Dark Crystal and Watership Down, are things I rewatched again and again as a wee one, I was downright captivated by them.
This film in particular my sister hid from me when we were children so I would not feed it to the VCR, she found it traumatic.
This film starts out so bubbly and innocent, Chirin is downright irritatingly cute and fluffy... but by the end of this short film Chirin is a sadistic killer.
This segment here shows how the little lamb became a blood thirsty ram (I love how intense this clip gets near the end) [link]
From what I understand this film came under fire for causing nightmares and trauma, me, I loved it as a child and I love it even more as an adult <3
PS if you love this film and never seen it subbed, do so, much better, it lacks the awkward filler dialog and some of the dialog between him and the wolf is much stronger.
PSS The Fantastic Adventures of Unico, and less so Unico and the Island of Magic, Sea Prince and the Fire Child, The Seven Swans, are also old anime films that also define my childhood <3
Pencil on paper colored by mouse in Corel Painter X