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When she turns 18, the stories Judy Abbot publishes about her life in the orphanage secure her a place at university. She writes many letters to her mysterious benefactor "Daddy Long-Legs" unaware that he is Jervis Pendleton III, an adoring millionaire who has already met her (and fallen in love with her) in disguise. This musical one-shot anime is only the most recent adaptation of Jean Webster's 1912 children's book-Hollywood movies of the same story include one with Mary Pickford as Judy (1919), Janet Gaynor taking the role in 1931, and a 1955 version with Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire. There is also a Dutch adaptation, Vadertje Langbeen (1938), but this inversion of Cinderella, in which an unusual girl seeks a "normal life" (with a millionaire, of course), was also immensely influential in Japan's girls' manga market, where it inspired Candy Candy and its many imitators. The story was remade by Kazuyoshi Yokota as a World Masterpiece Theater anime TV series, My Daddy Long-Legs (1990, Watashi no Ashinaga Ojisan), featuring new character designs by Shuichi Seki. Also see Video Picture Book.