Heidi, is a novel about the events in the life of a young girl in her grandfather's care, in the Swiss Alps. It was written as a book "for children and those who love children" as quoted from its subtitle in 1880 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. Two sequels, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi's Children, were not written by Spyri, but by her English translator, Charles Tritten. The Heidi books are among the best-known works of Swiss literature.
About 20 film or television productions of the original story have been made, including a 1974 anime series, Heidi, Girl of the Alps by Zuiyo Enterprises, directed by Isao Takahata. The Heidi films were popular all over the world, becoming a huge hit and an iconic animation series in several countries around the world. The only incarnation of the series to reach the English language was a dub of the 1979 feature-length movie adaptation of the television series, released on video in the United States in 1985. Although the original book describes Heidi to have dark, curly hair, she most popularly portrayed as a blonde.
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