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Title (English) Daddy Long-Legs
Title (Japanese) watashi no ashinaga ojisan

book cover

Fantasy Novel

Notes English name: My Daddy Longlegs
From a book by Jean Webster, 1912
A title in Fuji TV & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater (meisaku)TV anime series of adaptations of classic children's books.
Classification WMT
Synopsis The book:
In the prologue, the 17 year old Judy Davis, the oldest girl in the orphanage, is told that she is being given a college scholarship by an anonymous benefactor, because of her brilliance in English at school. At the orphanage she has had to look after the younger children and do housework. The only condition is that she has to write a monthly letter to her nameless benefactor. At college she finds herself in a completely different world. The rest of the book consists of her letters describing her busy new life.

The anime: Judy's benefactor sends her to the "Abraham Lincoln Memorial School for Girls", a posh residential school for rich girls, near New York.

Review I've seen half the series, and enjoyed it a lot. Judy Davis, a somewhat gawky, clumsy and over-energetic girl, is in an orphanage in the USA in the 1920's. In the first episode, she is hoping to get a scholarship to college (though she looks a bit young for this - see synopsis), but the visit of the patrons is marred by Judy continually falling over and spilling things on people, including the long-suffering matron.

The German dub is rather shrill.
Credits Series Director: Kazuyoshi Yokata
Data from Ben Ettinger
Episodes 48
Release Jap:VHS, Ger:TV, Iran:TV
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Date 1990 January 4 - 1990 December 23
Production Nippon Animation
Broadcaster Fuji TV
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
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or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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