This is the fourth episode of the Lion Books Series. After having lost his parents, Yamataro, a bear, is raised by a man. Yamataro's friend is Shi-roku, a steam locomotive, and Yamataro learns to impersonate the whistle of the locomotive. This is a story for nursery school kids about the friendship between the bear and the steam locomotive. The quality pictures render a sense of warmth to the reader.
Yamataro in his infancy
Yamataro in his adulthood
Original Story, Director: Tezuka Osamu Screenplay, storyboard, and rendition: Koguma Kimiharu Producer: Matsutani Takayuki Assistant Producer: Kubota Minoru Production Chief: Enomoto Hiroshi Picture Director: Yoshimura Masaki Art Director, Art Board: Miyamoto Seiji Shooting Director: Shirai Hisao Original pictures: Seya Shinji, Kobayashi Junji, Kano Kaoru, and Tanizawa Yutaka Motion: Tezuka Production Co., Ltd., Studio Dub, Artland, and Studio Ten Motion Checker: Kano Kaoru Finish: Maki Pro, Kyoto Anime, and Studio Bogey Color Design: Fujita Rika Special Effects: Maekawa Takashi Backgrounds: Miyamoto Seiji, Saito Masami, Akashi Teiichi, and Ishizu Setsuko Editing: Kakesu Shuichi Sound Director: Kawamura Tsunehira Music: Koroku Reijiro Music Selection: Toujoubeppu Sei
(c)Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
Released by NHK Enterprise /24 minutes / In color
Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. / Completed on August 15, 1986 / July 1989