Reviews of Anne of Green Gables (1979) and related work
- Same source material: Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008)
Anne of Green Gables (1979)
An eleven-year-old orphan arrives on rural Prince Edward Island in Victorian Canada. Fifty episodes later, the same girl is well on her way to adulthood.
A classic coming-of-age narrative. It’s slow, sometimes uneventful or predictable, and a bit weird at times (How quickly did her hair grow back? Why does the tombstone say “Thomas”?), but very solidly crafted, charming, subtle and superbly credible. By the time something tragic happens, as opposed to the young Anne’s endearingly overblown normal concerns, it has become very engaging.
Miyazaki did scenes and layout for the first 15 episodes. The nature scenes are beautiful and the series makes good use of animation’s capacity to make characters age as appropriate. The series is also notable for containing a deliberately ugly bishōnen, albeit merely imagined. The vocal theme music is mildly annoying.
Based on the first volume of five in a series of novels, and very faithful to it. In many ways a more grounded and developmentally far-reaching Heidi: A Girl of the Alps (1974).
‣ Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008)
Middle-aged Anne recalls what her life was like long before the Cuthberts, and meets her biological family.
Set before and after the canon. Live action. Uncalled for.