- Katri, Girl of the Meadows
Katri, Girl of the Meadows
(Makiba no Shōjo Katori)
Genre Drama TV anime Directed by Hiroshi Saitō Studio Nippon Animation Network Fuji TV Original run January 8, 1984 – December 23, 1984 Episodes 49
Katri, Girl of the Meadows (牧場の少女カトリ Makiba no Shōjo Katori ) is an anime series based on the Finnish novel, "Paimen, piika ja emäntä" by Auni Nuolivaara. The series was broadcast originally in Japan in 1984 as part of the children's anthology series World Masterpiece Theater, also known simply as "Meisaku" from Nippon Animation. The anthology had before and after produced a great variety of animated series based on different children's novels from around the world; among them were "My Annette: Story of the Alps" (1984) and "Little Princess Sara" (1985). In Europe, where "World Masterpiece Theater" series have found huge success, "Katri, Girl of the Meadows" was not very popular. It made its way to different countries including Spain, Italy, France and Germany without half the success of other series of its kind such as "Heidi, Girl of the Alps" (1974) or "Little Women" (1987). The series has never been broadcast or published in Finland where it remains mostly unknown.
It's been three years since little Katri's mother left for Germany leaving her daughter behind in Finland, where she now lives with her grandparents. With Finland still under Russian domination, the inhabitants of these lands have had little or no news from the outside and no one knows if little Katri will again see her mother. To make matters worse, things in the Katri's grandparents' farm are not going well, the harvest had been a small one, their only cow had been killed by a bear and the family confronts great monetary problems. Katri wants to help and finds work in a neighboring farm; for a girl of hardly nine years of age the work of a farm is hard and tiring even with all of her enthusiasm and good moods, which is what keeps her standing.
- Japan: (Opening) "Love With You", (Ending) "Kaze no Komoriuta" sung by Chie Kobayashi.
- Italy: "Le avventure della dolce Kati" sung by Cristina D'Avena.
- Netherlands: "Nathalie".
- Spain: "Dulce Katoli"
- Makiba no Shōjo Katori official site from Bandai (Japanese)
- Katri, Girl of the Meadows (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
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