May 19th, 2008

WMT - Heidi

Heidi, Girl of the Alps

Heidi, Girl of the Alps
(アルプスの少女ハイジ, Arupusu no Shōjo Haiji, 1974)

52 Episodes, 13 DVDs

Summary:
Based on a book by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. Heidi is the story of a little orphan girl who is sent to live in the Alps with her rough and gruff Grandfather. Heidi's kind and lovable spirit soon wins over everyone on the mountain. Then one day Heidi's aunt comes to take Heidi away to be a companion to a sick, crippled girl named Clara. Even though Heidi's circumstances have improved (better clothes, food, etc...) she misses her home back on the mountain.



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I plan on doing screenshots from the DVDs. One of my favorites.
WMT - A Dog of Flanders

A Dog of Flanders

A Dog of Flanders
(フランダースの犬, Furandāsu no Inu, 1975)

52 Episodes, 13 DVDs

Summary:
Based on the 1872 novel "A Dog of Flanders" by Marie Louisa de la Ramee. Nello Tarth is a poor but happy orphan who lives with his grandfather Jehan in a little village nearby Antwerp. Nello has a talent for drawing pictures and has been fascinated by it since he saw one of Rubens (a famous artist) pictures as a little boy. Helping Jehan with the daily milk delivery to Antwerp, Nello one day discovers Patrash, a working dog who has been mistreated and abandoned by his former owner. He treats the exhausted animal and after a little while a close and dependable friendship develops. Alois Cojez, the daughter of the richest and hence most influential man in Blacken Village, is Nellos best friend. When Nello decides to become an artist he has to experience firsthand the ignorance and cruelty of the villagers. Especially Alois father thinks of him as a slacker who cannot earn his living by drawing pictures. Nontheless Nello perseveres and never gives up to achieve his dream and to win their appreciation and respect while strenuously struggling with his poverty.


WMT - Marco

3000 Leagues in Search for Mother

3000 Leagues in Search for Mother
(母をたずねて三千里, Haha o Tazunete Sanzen Ri, 1976)
aka. Marco - From Apennines to the Andes

I wasn't able to obtain copies of this series :(
Anyone here able to help? I want DVD copies only.
I do have a copy of the Movie on DVD.

Summary: Haha wo Tazunete Sanzenri is about an Italian boy, Marco, and his journey in search of his mother. Italy was in a deep depression, so to support her family, Marco`s mother went to Argentina to work as a domestic. But after she wrote to her family that she was sick, her letters stopped coming. So Marco decides to go to Argentina to look for her. Marco has to travel across Argentina to find her, meeting many wonderful people, and encountering many adventures during his journey.

Links:
- http://www.bakabt.com/149166-marco-from-apennines-to-the-andes.html (Complete Series)
- http://www.animesuki.com/series.php/344.html
WMT - Raccoon Rascal

Rascal the Raccoon

Rascal the Raccoon
(あらいぐまラスカル, Araiguma Rasukaru, 1977)

52 Episodes, 12 DVDs

Summary: Based on the novel "Rascal, A Memoir of a Better Era" by Sterling North. The 11 year old Robby North and his friend Oscar live in Wisconsin. During fishing they hear a shoot. A racoon-mother was shot. Robby takes the baby of this racoon with him and cares for it. The boy names the racoon Rascal.

WMT - Perrin

The Story of Perrine

The Story of Perrine
(ペリーヌ物語, Perīnu Monogatari, 1978)

12 DVDs

Summary: Perrine travels across Europe with her mother, a photographer, in a cabin lead by a donkey. They are heading to a small village in north France, the home of Perrine's dead father. Perrine doesn't know that they are unwanted in the village, since the father left the village after having quarrelled with his father, and married in India against his father's will. After her mother falls ill, Perrine has to sell everything, including her beloved donkey Palikare, to pay for medicine. Mother dies in Paris, and before dying tells the girl that she has to make her grandfather love her before he knows who she really is. After a journey full of hardships, Perrine finally arrives in the village, where she learns that her grandfather is the rich owner of the factory that feeds all the villagers. Presenting herself by a false name, Perrine gets a job on the factory, searching for a way to the heart of her grandfather.


WMT - Pollyanna

Anne of Green Gables (Red-haired Anne)

Anne of Green Gables (Red-haired Anne)
(赤毛のアン, Akage no An, 1979)

I wasn't able to obtain copies of this series :(
Anyone here able to help? I want DVD copies only.

Summary: 
Based on the classic novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery.Anne is an orphan full of imagination. When she arrives at her new home she’ll understand that, sometimes, you’ve to be a sensible person too, but her unique character will change, or at least attract the people around her. The story covers Anne’s growth from about eleven to seventeen years old, while she makes friends, goes to school and studies to fulfil her dream. At a difficult point in her life, Anne will have to take a hard choice, but at the end she’ll be able to find a new dream.
 
Born of the pen of the Canadian writer L.M. Montgomery, the little red-haired orphan comes to life in this anime, based on the first book in the long Anne series. Nobody has ever wanted her in her long and lonely 11-year-old life... until this dream comes true and she is going to have a wonderful home in Green Gables on Prince Edward Island with Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert. But all turns too good to be true - it was just a mistake; the Cuthberts have "ordered a boy" from the orphanage and have no need for a girl. And yet, soon Marilla and Matthew discover that they cannot live without this lively imaginative chatterbox. Green Gables becomes her home; Diana - the best "bosom friend" any girl ever dreamed of; Gilbert - the hated but never-despairing boy in love... Friends, dreams and school, scrapes and funny accidents, laughter and tears, tragedies and achievements - fill Anne's life as she goes on her road of growing up.

Fansubs Available

- http://www.bakabt.com/11835-akage-no-anne-world-masterpiece-theatre-1979.html
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http://www.animesuki.com/series.php/238.html
WMT - Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
(トム・ソーヤーの冒険, Tomu Sōyā no Bōken, 1980)

49 Episodes, 10 DVDs

Summary: Based on a book by Mark Twain.
Tom Sawyer is a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River in the mid 1800s. Along with his best friend Huckleberry Finn, he spends his days ditching school, fishing, climbing trees and having adventures.


WMT - Fione

Flone in a Mysterious Island

Flone in a Mysterious Island
(家族ロビンソン漂流記 ふしぎな島のフローネ, Kazoku Robinson Hyōryūki: Fushigi na Shima no Furōne, 1981)

12 DVDs

Summary:
Flone and her family were on their way to Australia from Switzerland when their ship wrecked and they landed on an inhabited island. Relying on a strong conviction that they will return one day, the Family Robinson made a house on top of a tree and live on whatever resources available to them. Through the cooperation of each and every member, the family managed to survive on the island and eventually did return back to Australia.



WMT - My Annette

The Alps Story: My Annette

The Alps Story: My Annette
(わたしのアンネット, Watashi no Annetto, 1983)

48 Episodes, 10 DVDs

Summary: 12-year-old Annette lives in a small village in the Alps with her family. She dearly loves her little brother Denis (5), at whose birth their mother died. She also has a best friend, Lucien (Julien in the French version). Her wonderful friendship with him comes to a crisis when Lucien becomes unwillingly responsible for Denis's terrible accident. Now Annette has to find strenght in her heart to forgive, while Lucien must find a way to prove Annette and the other villagers that he is also a person. And his greatest wish is to find a cure for little Denis, whatever that would cost him, in the name of friendship.


WMT - Katri

Katri, Girl of the Meadows

Katri, Girl of the Meadows
(牧場の少女カトリ, Makiba no Shōjo Katori, 1984)

12 DVDs


Summary: It's been three years since little Katri's mother left for Germany leaving her daughter behind in Finland, where she now lives with her grandparents. With Finland still under Russian domination, the inhabitants of these lands have had little or no news from the outside and no one knows if little Katri will again see her mother. To make matters worse, things in the Katri's grandparents' farm are not going well, the harvest had been a small one, their only cow had been killed by a bear and the family confronts great monetary problems. Katri wants to help and finds work in a neighboring farm; for a girl of hardly nine years of age the work of a farm is hard and tiring even with all of her enthusiasm and good moods, which is what keeps her standing.


WMT - Little Princess Sara

A Little Princess Sara

A Little Princess Sara
(小公女セーラ Purinsesu Sēra)


46 Episodes, 11 DVDs

Summary: Based on A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett and set in a wealthy London all-girls boarding school. The wealthy Sara Croft's father passes away leaving Sara an orphan and poor. The story follows Sara as she remains resilient in a difficult situation as the new school maid.