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Eight-year-old orphan Adelheid (or Heidi, for short) is taken in by her aunt Dete, who soon packs her off to stay with her old grandfather on Alm mountain in the Swiss Alps. Heidi befriends local goatherder Peter, only to be spirited away once more by Aunt Dete, who takes her to Frankfurt, where she is to be a playmate for the disabled Klara. Pining for her alpine happiness, Heidi heads back to Alm in this famous anime based on the 1881 children's book by Johanna Spyri. An early masterpiece from Grave of the Fireflies-director Takahata, featuring storyboard contributions from his long-term associate Miyazaki and from Gundam-director Yoshiyuki Tomino. Much-loved across Europe, the anime version is less well-known in English. In Japan, its Cinderella qualities and Alpine pastorals would lead to many similar children's shows, most noticeably Julie the Wild Rose and Treas-ures of the Snow. A 1979 movie-edit consists primarily of footage from the Frankfurt episodes with Klara. Of the many live-action adaptations available in English, the most recent is Disney's 1993 version featuring Jason Robards and Jane Seymour. See also Video Picture Book. Although still largely unknown in its anime version in the U.S., Heidi was screened in Spanish in Costa Rica.