A Dog of Flanders is one of the most popular children's stories in Japan. It's based on a story by the English writer Maria Louise Ramé.
It's about a little boy called Nello who wants to become a painter and his trusty dog Patrasche.
Two anime series and an animated movie have been made. The first series started in 1975, the second one in 1992 and the feature film was made in 1997. They all tell the same story.