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Title (English) Story of the Alps:My Annette
Title (Japanese) arupusu monogatari watashi no annetto

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Fantasy Novel

Notes English name: Story of the Alps: My Annette, or Treasures of the Snow. Fr.= "Dans les Alpes avec Annette"
Based on book by: Patricia St. John, 1950
Ger.= "Die Kinder von Berghof"
A title in Fuji TV & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater (meisaku)TV anime series of adaptations of classic children's books.
Nippon Animation, 1983
Classification WMT
Synopsis Annette and Lucien are 7 years old as the story opens, but age to 12 after a few episodes. They live in a Swiss Alpine village (in the French-speaking part, I'd guess), attending the village school, and in the first two episodes they have an argument, take part in a toboggan race, and Lucien's family is threatened with eviction. Later, much excitement is caused by the building of a new railway. Some episodes later, the two principal characters have a serious falling out, after Annette's little brother breaks his leg and Lucien gets the blame.
Review Yet another WMT anime adapted from a childrens' novel. Like the other WMT stuff, it is well designed and animated and has a decent script.
Looks good on details of everyday life, and has a rather laid-back sense of humour. (While I wouldn't class this as a comedy, it does have more amusing incident in it than some of the other WMT series). The character's faces are not so well designed, but on the other hand their expressions can be very amusing on occasion. Any humour which appears is refreshingly understated and sometimes purely visual, as in the scene where Annette and her little brother, having been carried off on the train, are chased around Montreux station by an ever-lengthening line of ticket inspectors and male passengers.
However, the action of the anime centres on the disabling injury suffered by Annette's little brother, for which Lucien is blamed.
The original book had a strong moral sub-text, and in the anime Annette eventually realises that she has to forgive Lucien.
Credits Series Director: Kozo Kusuba
Character Designer(s): Issei Takamatsu
Data from Ben Ettinger
Episodes 48
Release Jap:VHS, Jap:DVD, Ger:TV, It:TV
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Date 1983 January 9 - 1983 December 25
Production Nippon Animation
Broadcaster Fuji TV
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