Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series is a Canadian animated television series produced by Sullivan Entertainment and developed by writer/director/producer Kevin Sullivan, based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Many supporting characters are sourced from Sullivan's television series Road to Avonlea, which is based on Montgomery's books The Story Girl and The Golden Road. One season of the series was produced, with 26 episodes, originally airing from 2001 to 2002. The series was developed for PBS. Barbie.com was responsible for the funding.
|Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series|
|Directed by||Lilliane Andre|
|Voices of||Bryn McAuley|
|Opening theme||"Theme Song" performed by Bryn McAuley|
|Ending theme||"Theme Song" (reprise)|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producers||Kevin Sullivan|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production companies||Sullivan Animation|
Annemation Productions Inc.
|Distributor||American Public Television|
|Original network||TVOKids (Canada)|
PBS Kids (USA)
Dolby Surround (USA airings)
|Original release||September 2, 2001 –|
February 24, 2002
Each episode contained an educational aspect, with a problem for one or more of the show's characters to face and solve. In conjunction with these problems, PBS "Ready-to-Learn" guides were created for teachers in America to use in classrooms.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Bryn McAuley – Anne Shirley – a smart and imaginative redheaded orphan girl who is adopted by the aging Cuthbert siblings. She is the main character of the series and appears in every episode of the show. In the opening sequence, Anne had a magical ability to fly.
- Wayne Robson – Matthew Cuthbert – a quiet and kind bachelor farmer who is Marilla's older brother and Anne's adoptive father.
- Emily Hampshire – Diana Barry – Anne's best friend, known for her jet-black hair and sunny disposition.
- Ali Mukaddam – Gilbert Blythe – Anne's friend who often competes with her academically.
- Dalene Irvine – Felicity King – a classmate of Anne and company who is jealous of her and seeks to embarrass her often. However, she and Anne are still friends (sometimes). She is based on the character of the same name from Road to Avonlea.
- Kyle Fairlie – Felix King – Felicity's younger brother and one of Anne's best friends. He is a kind, sturdy, and inventive boy. He owns a rowdy fox terrier called Caesar. He is based on the character of the same name from Road to Avonlea.
- Linda Sorensen – Hetty King – The Avonlea schoolteacher. Like Marilla, she has a no-nonsense attitude but has faith in her students. She is based on the character of the same name from Road to Avonlea.
- Patricia Gage – Marilla Cuthbert – Anne's adoptive mother. She has a strict, no-nonsense attitude but loves Anne very much. She is the second most predominant character in the series, after Anne.
- Anne Anglin – Peg Bowen – an eccentric woman of whom the kids are afraid until they learn she holds the answers to many of their problems. She appears in "The Stray", "Taffy", "One True Friend", "Lost and Found", "The Ice Cream Promise", "The Witch of Avonlea", "A Square Peg", and "A Condition of Superstition". She is based on the character of the same name from Road to Avonlea.
- Tracey Moore – Dryad – a wood nymph of Anne's imagination who occasionally helps Anne in solving problems.
- Patricia Hamilton – Rachel Lynde – Marilla's friend and the most gossipy woman in Avonlea. She appears in "Babysitter Blues", "Idle Chatter", "The Ice Cream Promise", "The Avonlea Herald", "A Condition of Superstition", and "A Better Mousetrap". Hamilton also portrayed Rachel in the four live-action Anne miniseries as well as Road to Avonlea.
- Unknown – Caesar – Felix's dog, who is rowdy and out of control. He likes to escape by biting away the rope that ties him down. He only appears in two episodes, "A Condition of Superstition" and "No Anne is an Island". He is a fox terrier.
- Keith Dinicol and Keith Knight – The Willows – Two weeping willow trees that Anne talks to in her imagination. They seem to have different personalities, one is dramatic and stuffy, the other is grumpy and cynical. They appear in the episodes "The Stray", "Taffy", "One True Friend", "The Witch of Avonlea", and "A Condition of Superstition".
- Richard Binsley – Mr. Lawson
- Adrian Truss – Mr. Gresham
- Andrew Craig – Perry
- No Voice – The Swings – The local swing set. They have supernatural powers to see the future and tell where lost people are. They only appear in "A Condition of Superstition" because Anne and her friends asked so many questions that their powers seemed to wear off.
|No.||Title||Lesson||Original air date|
|1||"The Witch of Avonlea"||High self-esteem||September 2, 2001|
|Anne is in a spelling bee, but she loses her spelling ability after being supposedly cursed by Peg Bowen and fears losing after Ms. King stresses the importance of winning. She eventually learns the value of self-confidence and discovers curses are silly superstitions.|
|2||"Carrots!"||Work||September 9, 2001|
|Anne is sick of Gilbert calling her red hair "carrots" and decides to dye it. But it goes horribly wrong and she dyes her hair green. After talking to her imaginary friend Dryad about her situation, Anne realizes that her red hair is part of what makes her unique and she should be proud to show it off.|
|3||"The Stray"||Responsibility||September 16, 2001|
|On a rainy day, Anne finds a stray dog in the barn and calls him "Magic." The stray is reunited with his true owner when Peg Bowen shows Anne a poster of the dog.|
|4||"The Best Partner"||Acceptance||September 23, 2001|
|When Mr. Gresham's nephew Ben visits Avonlea, Anne and company are all excited because he will be in town for a sports day. But what else to do when Ben arrives in crutches, paralyzed from polio then accept him into the group? Eventually, Anne and Mr. Gresham come up with new events for the sports day that everyone can participate in.|
|5||"The Sleeves"||Individuality and trends||September 30, 2001|
|All of Avonlea is brimming with excitement as the world-famous Amelia Evans comes to town. She wears puffed sleeves, and everyone wants to dress like her. Anne becomes so preoccupied with appearances that she doesn't prepare for the talent show held in Amelia's honor. She goes off the fashion when she discovers that Amelia is a snob and resumes practice.|
|6||"Taffy!"||Admittance of mistakes||October 7, 2001|
|The taffy contest at the fair in Avonlea goes badly, because the "Sugar" and "Salt" cards are switched, and so, however, much sugar is supposed to be added to Anne's taffy, that much salt is added instead, and Anne is sure it is all Felicity's fault. It turns out that both are to blame because Anne accidentally switched the sugar and salt.|
|7||"One True Friend"||Friendship; loyalty||October 14, 2001|
|Anne defends Diana at school when she has head lice, but the other children are disgusted so they shun her for remaining her friend. Soon she goes off to help the others decorate for Felicity's slumber party, causing Diana to feel betrayed and hurt since she was disinvited to for her lice. Anne comes to the realization that if placed in the same situation, Diana would have remained loyal. Eventually, Anne and Diana become friends again.|
|8||"Lost and Found"||Preparedness||October 21, 2001|
|Anne and Diana venture into the woods in search of treasure but get lost. Then, they are able to find a way back by remembering the landmarks they passed along the way.|
|9||"Idle Chatter"||Being informed before making conclusions||October 28, 2001|
|Anne suspects Gilbert cheated on a test. His grades and reputation drop, and he struggles to prove Anne wrong. Then, Anne and Diana sneak into the school and discover Gilbert is innocent, but the whole class is too convinced Gilbert cheated.|
|10||"A Bully by the Horns"||Dealing with bullies; friendship||November 4, 2001|
|Felix is having problems with a bully who happens to be partners with him on a science project, and Anne helps him, learning that bullies should be dealt with kindly, so as not to be one in return. Eventually, Felix becomes friends with the bully and they get a good science grade.|
|11||"The Ice Cream Promise"||Keeping promises; reliability||November 11, 2001|
|Anne promises to help Marilla make ice cream for the Avonlea book club meeting but ends up straying from her duties. In addition, Anne doesn't know what Shakespearean scene to play out for the meeting.|
|12||"A Question of Rules"||Rule-following||November 18, 2001|
|The Hunt for the Golden Crown, an Avonlea tradition, has Anne and her friends excited, until they learn that new and complex rules have been added, which leads them to ponder which rules should and should not be followed. Then, Anne leads a class of vegetables in her imagination and discovers that rules are more important than she thought.|
|13||"The Avonlea Herald"||Leadership||November 25, 2001|
|Rachel Lynde suggests the kids start a town newspaper, of which Anne is made editor. Soon the power goes to her head and she quarrels with Diana and her other friends involved in the project. Then, a bold rescue brings the kids together.|
|14||"Chores Eclipsed"||Importance of work||December 2, 2001|
|Anne prepares for a lunar eclipse party, but neglects her chores in the process, threatening to throw Green Gables into chaos.|
|15||"The Swim of Things"||Patience||December 9, 2001|
|Felix is a poor swimmer, and the other children grow impatient with him. His friendship with Anne is strengthened as they bond after the latter hurts her arm in a diving stunt and is banned from swimming for the rest of the day. Then, on the day of the swimming contest, Felicity drinks too many sodas and is unable to swim, giving Anne and Felix an opportunity to show their newfound skills they learned while practicing together.|
|16||"Butterflies!"||Sportsmanship||December 16, 2001|
|Avonlea and the nearby town of Carmody are set to play a hockey game, and Gilbert is made the team captain. Everyone in town becomes obsessed with winning and forgets the value of good sportsmanship. Anne is more concerned with safety for the game, and so her classmates snub her. But when Felix hurts his leg, Anne's friends realize how important safety is.|
|17||"A Walk in His Shoes"||Respecting the opinions of others||December 23, 2001|
|Anne and Marilla argue over how their chores should be done, and Anne and Diana plan a surprise party for Gilbert but plan it around things they like (princes and princesses) instead of things he likes. Anne then has a dream sequence with Matthew's horse and discovers her mistake.|
|18||"Babysitter Blues"||Self-assurance||December 30, 2001|
|Gilbert thought babysitting his infant cousin would be a breeze, but it doesn't go that way. Instead, his cousin causes mischief while Anne and Diana irresponsibly sneak off to Mrs. Van Hoyte's tea party.|
|19||"A Square Peg"||Respecting eccentricity||January 6, 2002|
|Peg Bowen, the town eccentric, comes to Avonlea for winter supplies, and after the kids spy on her, a snowstorm hits, and she saves Anne from its wrath. Anne and her friends then reconsider their opinions on Peg Bowen.|
|20||"Marbles!"||Dealing with fads; sportsmanship||January 13, 2002|
|A marble craze hits Avonlea, and Anne accidentally loses a marble Matthew has owned since boyhood. She then convinces the gang to stop playing for keeps and to just play for fun.|
|21||"Oh, Brother!"||Getting along with siblings||January 20, 2002|
|Felicity and Felix's consistent fighting may spoil the upcoming King Family Reunion, and it's up to Anne to help them get along. In the end, Felix and Felicity learn to be better siblings.|
|22||"A Condition of Superstition"||Avoiding superstitions||January 27, 2002|
|Marilla works to persuade the town council to build a new library, but Anne and Diana's superstitious beliefs get in the way due to a pair of future-predicting swings foretelling Marilla would get struck by lightning before she succeeded in the library petition and also due to Felix's troublesome dog Caesar. Chastened, Anne realizes that superstitions are only there to stop people from solving problems themselves.|
|23||"A Welcome Hero"||Avoiding preconceived notions||February 3, 2002|
|When famed novelist E.J. Lark comes to town, Anne, who had assumed Lark to be a handsome man, learns not to judge a book by its cover when she finds that the author is really a bespectacled librarian-type woman.|
|24||"A Better Mousetrap"||Respecting others' ideas||February 10, 2002|
|When Avonlea is overrun by mice, the kids are assigned to build "the better mousetrap." Anne is paired with Diana for the task, but eventually, Felix is thrown in, which upsets the girls. The girls just ignore his ideas and focus on their own. When Felix discovers the ultimate solution to getting rid of the mice, Anne and Diana learn to include others' opinions and ideas and become friends with him again.|
|25||"No Anne Is an Island"||Including others||February 17, 2002|
|When Anne and Diana are snubbed by their peers, they form The Order of the Kindred Spirit, with only themselves as members. Soon Felicity turns the tables and starts her own club, Avonlea Castle, excluding only Anne and Diana. Anne and Diana then decide to join the other club, but their worthiness is proved when they save Felicity by sacrificing their clubhouse.|
|26||"Anne's Disappearing Allowance"||Money management||February 24, 2002|
|Matthew and Marilla decide to give Anne an allowance. To start, she receives five weeks' worth at once, and she spends it unwisely, and can no longer afford the very item she had been saving up for. Soon, Anne realizes that saving money is better than spending it all at once.|
Anne: Journey to Green Gables filmEdit
In 2002, an animated Anne of Green Gables movie was made, titled Anne: Journey to Green Gables. This 85-minute direct-to-video film was a prequel to the live action Anne of Green Gables series. The cast voices included Lally Cadeau, Cedric Smith, Kathryn Greenwood, and Patricia Hamilton, all of whom had appeared in previous Sullivan Entertainment productions.
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