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Looking for a sad childhood animated movie (+-90s) about an ethnic boy and his father. (reward!)


Hello everyone,

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and hopefully help me find this title.
What I’m looking for is an animated movie or short from the +-90s which had a very sad undertone. I don’t remember much but I’ll try to be as detailed as possible.

The parts I remember the most are about a boy and his father (or fatherfigure). They’re from an ethnic tribe (African/South-American/Native-American/…) so they don’t live in the modern world, rather in a jungle or savannah. In the parts I remember, they’re venturing alone, I don’t remember any other tribe members or family. The boy and his fatherfigure might be on the run or they might be lone survivors of something. The fatherfigure is strong and can use a big bow to hunt or protect his son and him. Throughout the animation there is often a very mysterious/eerie flute sound or music. The fatherfigure is teaching the boy how to use a bow at some point. At the end of the animation, the fatherfigure dies and the boy is left behind alone. He tries to use the fatherfigure’s bow but is not strong enough to pull the string back, it’s a very sad moment in the movie. I vaguely remember him walking off into the horizon after this and the movie ends. It was heartbreaking.

Some other things I remember very vaguely so they might be faulty memories: There might be a stampede, or animals might be involved in the movie, I’m not sure. There might also be westerners/poachers/people with rifles involved. Either way, I’m not sure if those memories are related.

When asking about this movie a few years ago, people suggested ‘Kirikou’ but it is definitely not Kirikou.

Thank you so much, I hope you’ll be able to help me.

Edit: If anyone does point me in the direction of the title, I’ll offer a reward of 50 euros through paypal. I really want to find this movie but have been unable for many years.

PentaclesVII Posted new comment Dec 10, 2021

Was it cgi like 3d looking animation or more 2d? was it in english? could it have been a cartoon or tv episode? what is the latest it could have been released?

Hello! Glad to see you’re digging.
It was definitely 2D. It was either English or dubbed in my language (Dutch) but the animated movies that were popular in my country were often international or originally English/French/American. It could have been a TV episode, but I remember the ending very clearly. The fatherfigure of the boy dies, the boy tries to use the big bow that belonged to the fatherfigure but he’s not strong enough to pull the string back and then he walks off into the horizon sunset, which is a very sad moment. It would be a strange ending to a TV series, so I think it’s just a movie or short movie with a very sad ending.

Ofcourse I might have distorted memories over time.. I hope not.

The latest it could have been released would be 2000. I’m guessing it was released between 1988-1998.