My family & I really enjoyed watching this documentary on the life of Almanzo Wilder. For long time Little House on the Prairie fans, there was not a great deal of new information presented in this video, but it was still very enjoyable nonetheless. We feel that it would be a great addition to any home library or classroom.
PROS: Beautiful scenery, good close-ups of Little House photos, interesting & enjoyable narration by Dean Butler, interesting & enjoyable commentary by William Anderson (long time Little House historian), nice indoor & outdoor views of the Wilders' home
CONS: None, other than if the viewer is looking for ground-breaking new information on the Wilder family. If you've read all of the biographies out there, you'll already know most of the information that is presented. (This was not a let-down or a problem for me at all, though. I wasn't really expecting a great deal of new insight into the character of such a quiet man & his family who lived so long ago. And I am always bothered by outsider speculation that is added to new videos that may or may not be true. I would rather only be told what we know for sure & leave the rest to our imaginations.)
Many thanks to Mr. Dean Butler for putting this together for the rest of us!
I love Little house in the prairie books and series, and I really enjoy this documentary. I actually love the fact that is a documentary and shows the beautiful country side and historical locations. This documentary also includes how they used to live back them. Another nice feature is that the actor Dean Butler narrate the documentary, no one would be better that him, who played Almanzo. I really recommend it!
This documentary told things which I never knew about the author and her husband in their era of agriculture. Very pertinent, and corresponds with my readings by and of Dora Hall Stockman, Grange leader and 4-H founders member, state representative in Michigan in the forties, and member of the Michigan Womens Historical Museum Hall of Fame.
I'm not a film critic so I don't watch movies with that sort of attention to detail. But this film was enlightening and interesting. Makes me long for such morally committed days. Integrity does not have to be a thing of the past.
I have watched this a number of times. It is excellent. If I could find more like this I would watch them. It is such a positive documentary, filled with interesting facts about the early life of Almanzo Wilder on a farm and in a rural school. I much prefer this to sensationalized dark programs; as if those things happen all the time. Takes me back to a simpler healthier time.
It isn't exciting or exactly riveting, but it is interesting. Having grown up reading the Little House books, I always enjoy learning more about Laura and her family. If you are a collector of all things Little House, this is definitely something to add to your collection.
This film was entertaining to watch and covers a side of Laura Wilder that is not touched on in other films I have seen. It really gives insights into the foundations of Laura's life. It also gives a good perspective into life as it was and how a man was made before modern technology took over.