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Heidi: A Girl of the Alps 

Arupusu no shôjo Haiji (original title)
This animation series follows the childhood "adventures" of a girl named Heidi, who lives with her grandfather somewhere on the Alps.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Randi Kiger Randi Kiger ...  Heidi 52 episodes, 1974
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ...  Grandfather 52 episodes, 1974
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Storyline

This animation series follows the childhood "adventures" of a girl named Heidi, who lives with her grandfather somewhere on the Alps.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan | West Germany

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 January 1974 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Heidi: A Girl of the Alps See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The opening credit roll was animated by Hayao Miyazaki, except for two scenes by experienced animator Yasuji Mori. Assigned to animate a ring dance of Heidi and Peter, Mori wanted to analyze a movement of two real people, so Miyazaki and animation director Yôichi Kotabe did a ring dance in a parking lot next to their studio, and Mori shot them with an 8mm camera for reference. See more »

Connections

Version of Heidi (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Heidi
(title song)
Written by Christian Bruhn
Performed by Gitti Götz (as Gitti) and Erica Maria Bruhn (as Erica)
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Japanese Anime at its Iconic Best
27 February 2016 | by UttaranBSee all my reviews

It is really not possible to limit a work of such purity by a rating, but for all practical purposes "Heidi" deserves at least a 10 on IMDb's scale, in my opinion.

The animation is so realistically done that we not only feel for all the characters, human and otherwise, but also live, grow, smile and cry with them. And the storytelling is at once engaging, visceral, harrowing, redeeming and deeply poignant. Every frame has some subliminal emotional content that draws us deeper into the narrative.

On a personal note, "Heidi" was by a far margin the best show I enjoyed in my childhood, not just because of the fantasies it weaved but also how intensely they were interweaved with all the harshness of reality. While that may not be necessarily the ideal content for children, the feeling of emancipation at the end of it all still rings true with me.

Johanna Spyri probably could not have asked for a better visual translation of her story.


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