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Though the original Michael Landon Little House on the Prairie movie was fairly faithful to the books, the television series strayed quite far from them. However, fans loved the warmth, character, and humor of the series, giving it about a decade on the air.
While this new Disney / ABC mini-series stayed much closer to the book (isn't that a FIRST for Disney?!?), it lacked a fair amount of the aforementioned warmth, character, and humor of the original series. However, this can be largely excused, as these things take time to develop - the original Landon movie was also not as strong on these as the ensuing series would be, though it was much more faithful to the book.
But my own personal pet peeve with this mini-series was the "MTV syndrome" - the director's perceived necessity for "artistic" camera angles, and the need to change these angles every second of two in several of the "adrenaline rush" scenes. During the crossing of the Mississippi (Lake Pepin) and the other river (where they lose Jack), the camera switches angles at the rate of what seems to be milli-seconds. When the Ingallses (the correct pluralization of Ingalls, despite William Anderson's book, The Story of the Ingalls) are on the way down a steep river bank with their wagon, not only do the camera angles jump all over, but the camera shakes, and the film even goes in fast-motion at times - very fake looking and annoying.Read more ›
I really hope that ABC continues making more of these movies by continuing on faithfully by the books as Laura gets older and her meeting Almanzo. I'm such a sucker for romance. :) This is reccomended for all ages and it's completely family-safe. :)
The original television series of the 1970s and 1980s was good, with a homey and warmth of family feeling to it, but strayed more and more from the actual writings of the LIW books as time went on.
This ABC/Disney version of "Little House On The Prairie" is much more closer to the actual books than any of the previous TV shows of the past. However, this 6 hours mini-series was not all completely accurate, and some of the camera shots could have filmed been better. But all in all, it is a very good program and well worth adding to your collection.
The acting by Kyle Chavarria and Danielle Ryan Chuchran was excellent, along with several of the other cast members. No, it is not Michael Landon with his Hollywood looking Charles Ingalls, but alot closer to the real Charles Ingalls as played by Cameron Bancroft in this version. This DVD gives you a more realistic insight as to how the pioneers actually lived back in those times, and the hardships and the family values that are rare to find in modern day time.
Get this DVD, you will enjoy it!!!!
The rest of the shows showed their life on the prairie, the indians, the danger and the happiness (and glass windows and white sugar). We even see Mr. Edwards make the daring trip through the Verdigris River to bring the Ingalls girls their gifts from Santa, who couldn't cross the river. We see a prairie fire (that they suspect the indians of setting to scare them off their land) and how the family came down with Malaria and were saved by a black doctor.
As the show ends, we hear the indian shouts and drums. The Ingalls and Mr. Edwards move in with Mr. and Mrs. Smith (?) for safety until the indian chants stop. The indians dispersed. Finally, Pa hears that they'd crossed just 2-3 miles too far into indian territory and they must leave or be forcibly removed by the soldiers. They pack up their wagon and leave. The only thing I wish were different were if they had used a bringle bull dog to play Jack instead.
As an avid Little House fan, this show was more accurate portraying the Ingalls' life than the TV series, for obvious reasons. I loved this when it aired on TV and I definitely plan on purchasing it as soon as it's released on DVD!
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I bought this for my sister to add to her "Little House on the Prairie" series.
I also bought her, "Beyond the Prairie" We enjoyed both of the movies.
This is not the same cast that was on the tv series. Wish I would have known that, I wouldn't have bought it.Published 25 days ago by Billie
This is a wonderful movie, and follows the original book by the same name (book 2 in the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder) SO much better than the TV series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicki Truesdell
I absolutely love watching Little House on the Prairie. There are such good morals to be learned from this series.Published 3 months ago by maditi
We can't get enough of Little House on the Prairie around here, so when I heard there was an updated version of the original movie, I purchased it ASAP. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rhonda W Horton