This is an animated adaptation of the classic story of Nils Holgerson, a naughty boy who is transformed to a very little dwarf and goes through many adventures, flying with a band of wild geese.




1981   1980  


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Nils (Neels) Holgersson is a young lad, who likes to sleep, eat and cause mischief among the animals on his parents farm. He enjoys to cause the animals pain. He captures a tomte (which is a small mythological creature, akin to a gnome, brownie or hob). The tomte proposes to give Nils a large gold coin in exchange for its freedom, but Nils declines. The tomte turn Nils into a tomte and is hunted by the farm animals seeking revenge. At the same time a farm goose attempts to join a swarm of wild geese, Nils jumps on the goose and escapes the wrath of the farm animals. He, the farm goose and his pat hamster then go on having adventures across Sweden, the farm goose learning to adapt to a life as a wild goose, and Nils trying to better himself so he will be accepted by the group of geese but also in hope that the tomte might be appeased and will return him to normal size. Written by Kooswillem

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Release Date:

8 January 1980 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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(52 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Mahô no tenshi Kurîmî Mami: Star tanjioo (1983) See more »


Nils Holgersson
(Italian Theme)
Music by Vince Tempera
Lyrics by Luigi Albertelli
Performed by Carlo, Enzo e Pino Romano
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cursed boy leaves home to travel with a pack of wild geese
5 February 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This was definitely one of the 1980s animated series eagerly awaited on a regular basis by many a child. This is how the story goes more or less ... Nils is a nasty little boy who likes to play tricks on all the animals in the farm. One day he decides to pick on a pixie, only to discover it was not the wisest of his ideas. To punish him, the pixie shrinks him to guinea pig size. Nils escapes the wrath of the farm animals by leaving with a flock of wild geese hoping to discover how he can get his normal size back.

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