Sherlock Hound: Animated Steampunk Sherlock Holmes by Hayao Miyazaki
Animated. Steampunk. Sherlock. Miyazaki.
That is too much awesome in one line that it might explode anytime!
But it’s not wishful thinking. It’s as true as all the other videos you can watch on YouTube, or TV shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix.
We all love Miyazaki for his works such as Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro, but he has a longer list of “lesser known” achievements under his belt. Perhaps that’s because Studio Ghibli is the first thing that comes to mind for many. But before he co-founded the renowned entity, he had creations that captured the attention and hearts of their viewers.
Like Sherlock Hound.
As you may already have surmised, Sherlock Hound is the canine version of the (arguably) world’s greatest detective. Sherlock is a corgi. Watson is a terrier.
No, it has nothing to do with Tin-tin.
Sherlock Hound is an animated steampunk Sherlock Holmes that expands your imagination like most of Miyazaki’s work. I don’t know what today’s (human) Sherlocks would say, but I have a feeling that what they have to say is positive. Who can find fault in two detective dogs???
Sherlock Hound is an Italian-Japanese collaboration and was aired between 1984 and 1985 as a TV series. The show has 26 episodes, 6 of which were directed by Miyazaki.
Here’s a taste of animated steampunk Sherlock Holmes, with the iconic Miyazaki touch.
Treasure Under the Sea
The Navy asks Holmes and Watson to help them recover a submarine stolen by Professor Moriarty.
The Sovereign Gold Coins
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are asked to investigate into the stolen Sovereign Gold Coins.
Mrs.Hudson is Taken Hostage
Professor Moriarty kidnaps Mrs.Hudson and demands Holmes to steal a treasure from an Art Museum if he wants her back.
Unfortunately, the above YouTube videos are geo-retarded, so some of you may not be able to view them. (Get a VPN!)
If you want to watch the entire series, Sherlock Hound is available on Hulu. Again, if you’re not in the US, VPN for the win.
The series starts with:
The story takes place at the end of the 19th century in London. A famous dog detective, Sherlock Hound, is relaxing with his pipe. Dr. Watson is, of course, with Sherlock. The night is very foggy. With the light from a street gas lamp, one can only see a few yards ahead.
From the distance, a coach comes dashing towards Baker Street and stops in front of Sherlock’s flat. Someone violently knocks at the door. “Watson, something’s afoot!!” Sherlock in his well-known deerstalker hat and inverness cape, leaves his flat in his prototype Benz with Dr. Watson. At the same time, Professor Moriarty, who calls himself the Napoleon of the criminal world, is planning an evil plot with his followers, Todd and Smiley. Well, well, what is going to happen next?
Whatever happens next, we know it’s not going to be boring.