Maple Town, known as Maple Town Stories (メイプルタウン物語 Maple Town Monogatari?) in Japan and Gúshi de Mapletown in Taiwan, is an anime series centering on the adventures of Patty Rabbit, Bobby Bear, and their families, in a small utopian anthropomorphic city. The program spawned collectible figurines with changeable clothing as well as houses, furniture, and vehicles; Tonka was the licensee and manufacturer in the US market.
The original Maple Town series, created by Chifude Asakura, consisted of 52 half-hour episodes, which aired on TV Asahi in Japan and on several European networks including Italia 1 in Italy, RTL Veronique and BRT1 in Belgium, and FR3 in France. In the US, Maple Town was produced and distributed by Saban Entertainment with The Maltese Companies, dubbed in English for US audiences. This version prominently displayed traditional (Western) values in bookending live-action segments: each episode was prefaced with an introduction by "Mrs. Maple" (Janice Adams), who delivered the moral of the episode.
The series gave way to a 50-episode sequel, Palm Town, which made Patty Rabbit (and her voice actor, Maya Okamoto) the only ongoing member from both series, although Maple Town's citizens made cameos from time to time. To date, this has not seen an official English release.
VHS compilations of Maple Town appeared in North America, Europe and Japan during the late 1980s and early 1990s. As of 2009, official DVDs of the show have only surfaced in Spain and Hungary, with no release plans announced for other territories (including Japan and the United States of America).