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The Little House on the Prairie

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Marking a return to the autobiographical books by renowned author Laura Ingalls Wilder, Disney's epic production of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE celebrates the magnificent and heartwarming story of a pioneer family's brave travels into the untamed American heartland. The majesty and grandeur of the frontier come alive with breathtaking cinematography and a host of classic characters. Disney's critically acclaimed miniseries chronicles the magical adventures of the Ingalls family as they stake their claim to a rugged parcel of land on the Kansas prairie. Their exciting journey brings them face-to-face with mysterious Indians, wild animals and their peculiar new neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Scott.

American pioneers were a strong-willed people ruled by wanderlust, optimism, and an intense drive to persevere and succeed in the face of incredible odds and grave danger. Based on the autobiographical novels by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this 255-minute 2004 Disney television miniseries (not the Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert series from the 1970's) tells Laura's story of her family's dangerous and exhausting journey by covered wagon from an economically depressed Wisconsin to the promising land of Kansas. While the land proves plentiful in Kansas, the hardships of setting up a homestead and co-existing with the Indians are intense. Through their struggles, the Ingalls family comes to appreciate the true value of the help and companionship of their fellow man and realizes the relative insignificance of their many outward differences. While their neighbor Mrs. Scott and most of the rest of their American contemporaries readily stereotype the Indians as an evil race devoid of redeeming qualities, the Ingalls are more compassionate, presuming the Indian population to be comprised of both good and bad people. The Ingalls family's tolerance for the Indians allows them to peacefully co-exist on the prairie for a time and engenders a tenuous sense of respect with one influential tribe member which serves the family well. Little House on the Prairie brings the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and the westward expansion of the American pioneers to life and is recommended viewing for ages 6 and older. --Tami Horiuchi

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  • Actors: Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell, Kyle Chavarria, Danielle Ryan Chuchran
  • Directors: David L. Cunningham
  • Writers: Teleplay By Katie Ford, Based On The Book By Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 255 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I'm a huge fan of the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, having even visited most of Laura's home sites. Her books truly created a new genre in children's literature and greatly advanced what children's lit could be.

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.
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When I found out that (I think it was ABC) they're making a Little House on the Prairie movie, I was thrilled. When I found out that they're going to follow the books exactly, I was even more thrilled. As the most of us, I grew up with the series with Michael Landon and I still consider this to be the best family series in television history. The 5-part mini-series was excellent and I consider this to be highly reccomended.

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. :)
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As many, I have grown up on Michael Landon's "Little House" and have read all of the "Little House" books written by Laura Inagalls Wilder.

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!!!!
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As a true "Little House" fan for my entire life, I always knew that the TV show, while wonderfully entertaining, was never really close to the true story of the Ingalls family adventures as depicted in the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was aprehensive at first when this version took to air. All of my anxiety melted away as I was taken back to my childhood days sitting during the cold winter reading the Little House books. I was, at 33, re-inspired to re-read them all after viewing this mini-series! This was simply a wonderful treat. I will definately encourage my daughters to view this mini-series after they are old enough to read the books. Michael Landon was wonderful, but this Little House, I feel, is closer to the real Laura Ingalls Wilder spirit.
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This is the special that aired on TV (I don't remember the network) earlier this year in 5 parts. It starts when the Ingalls left the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the dramatic crossing of the Mississippi river. Their wagon got stuck and they traded their two old, tired horses for the young mustangs, Pet and Patty. They arrived in Kansas and Pa stopped and said this was home and he began building their log house. This is where we meet Mr. Edwards who helps Pa build the house after Ma was hurt from a falling log.

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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