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California, 1897. Buck, a domesticated mongrel who lives in the Santa Clara valley, is kidnapped by the family gardener, Manuel, and sold to a gold prospector. Soon he is a sled-dog in the harsh winter of the Klondike, and his civilized exterior swiftly falls away, awakening a wildness buried deep in his genes for centuries. This anime adaptation of Jack London's novel (White Fang followed in 1982) kept close to the original, eschewing the talking animals one might expect for a cartoon audience and leaving the dogs in silence while the humans (shiftless Manuel, swarthy Francois) are the only ones who speak.
A second, unrelated Call of the Wild (Anime Yasai no Sakebi) was a 26-part series shown intermittently on TV Tokyo between 1982 and 1984. Directed by Shigeru Omachi, this was a show in the spirit of Seton's Animal Tales, based on stories by Japanese author Muku Hatoju, including Taro the Mountain Bear, Little Monkey Brothers, and The Disappearing Stray.