Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series
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|Anne: The Animated Series|
|Created by||Kevin Sullivan|
|Voices of||Bryn McAuley|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sullivan Entertainment
Annemation Productions Inc.
|Original channel||TVOKids (Canada)
PBS Kids (USA)
KCET Kids & Family
Dolby Surround (USA airings)
|Original run||1999 – 2000|
Anne: The Animated Series is a half-hour animated television show produced by Sullivan Entertainment and created by writer/director/producer Kevin Sullivan. The series was developed for PBS and each episode contained an educational aspect. Each show had 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 the classrooms. The educational objectives of the show support a child’s development of his/her identity, reinforced through lateral thinking and the use of a child’s magnitude to absorb daily challenges.
More recently, Sullivan Entertainment has re-written the “Ready-to-Learn” educational guides for the not-for-profit organization Free the Children. Free the Children will implement these Anne Lesson Plans in the Kenyan Schools they have built and hope to take them to other countries they work in around the world.
|1||Carrots!||Anne's 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.||High self-esteem|
|2||Babysitter Blues||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.||Work|
|3||The Stray||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.||Responsibility|
|4||The Best Partner||When a 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.||Acceptance|
|5||A Question Of Rules||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.||Rule-following|
|6||Taffy!||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, due to the fact that Anne accidentally switched the sugar and salt.||Admittance of mistakes|
|7||One True Friend||Disaster strikes when Diana gets a bad case of head lice. Anne, who defends her at school when the other children are disgusted, is shunned for remaining her friend. Soon she starts to focus more on her popularity, causing Diana to feel betrayed and hurt. Anne comes to the realization that if placed in the same situation, Diana would have remained loyal. Eventually, Anne and Diana become friends again.||Friendship/Loyalty|
|8||Lost And Found||Anne and Diana venture into the woods in search of treasure, but get lost. Then, they are able to find a way back by remember the landmarks they passed along the way.||Preparedness|
|9||Idle Chatter||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.||Being informed before making conclusions|
|10||A Bully by The Horns||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.||Dealing with bullies/friendship|
|11||The Ice Cream Promise||Anne promises to help Marilla make ice cream for the Avonlea book club meet but ends up straying from her duties. In addition, Anne doesn't know what Shakespearean scene to play out for the meeting.||Keeping promises/reliability|
|12||The Sleeves||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.||Individuality and trends|
|13||The Avonlea Herald||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.||Leadership|
|14||Chores Eclipsed||Anne prepares for a lunar eclipse party, but neglects her chores in the process, threatening to throw Green Gables into chaos.||Importance of work|
|15||The Swim Of Things||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.||Patience|
|16||Butterflies!||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.||Sportsmanship|
|17||A Walk In His Shoes||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 things he likes. Anne then has a dream sequence with Matthew's horse and discovers her mistake.||Respecting the opinions of others|
|18||The Witch Of Avonlea||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.||Self assurance|
|19||A Square Peg||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.||Respecting eccentricity|
|20||Marbles!||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.||Dealing with fads/sportsmanship|
|21||Oh Brother!||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.||Getting along with siblings|
|22||A Condition Of Superstition||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.||Avoiding superstitions|
|23||A Welcome Hero||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.||Avoiding preconceived notions|
|24||A Better Mousetrap||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.||Respecting others' ideas|
|25||No Anne Is An Island||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.||Including others|
|26||Anne's Disappearing Allowance||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.||Money management|
Cast and Characters
- Bryn McAuley – Anne Shirley - a smart and imaginative redheaded orphan girl who is adopted by the aging Cuthbert siblings. Anne has two braids. She has a long blue dress with a white apron over it. She also wears a big brown hat and black boots. 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. He was wearing a yellow shirt and blue overalls.
- Emily Hampshire – Diana Barry - Anne's best friend, known for her jet-black hair and sunny disposition. She wears a purple bow on her hair. She has a purple dress with a white apron and black shoes. She appears in all episodes except 'The Stray', 'The Ice Cream Promise', and Oh Brother!'.
- Ali Mukaddam – Gilbert Blythe - Anne's friend who often competes with her academically. Gilbert wears a white button up shirt with long sleeves and green overalls. He has long socks and shoes on. He appears in all episodes except 'Lost And Found', Oh Brother!', and 'Anne's Disappearing Allowance'. He also is seen as a background character in episodes such as 'The Stray' and 'A Bully by the Horns'.
- Dalene Irvine – Felicity King - a classmate of Anne and company who is jealous of her and seeks to embarrass her often. She is wearing a pink dress with a white apron and a pink bow. However, she and Anne are still friends (sometimes).
- Kyle Fairlie – Felix King - Felicity's younger brother and one of Anne's best friends. He is a nice, sturdy and inventive boy. He is wearing a white shirt, red jacket, green pants and a blue tie. He also has green shoes. He owns a rowdy fox terrier called Caesar. He shares Anne's love for adventure and will follow her anywhere!
- Linda Sorensen – Hetty King - The Avonlea schoolteacher. She wears a red skirt with a peach color long sleeve blouse and a white tie and black shoes. Like Marilla, she has a no-nonsense attitude, but has faith in her students.
- Patricia Gage – Marilla Cuthbert - Anne's adoptive mother. She wears a long sleeve purple dress with an apron over it. She has gray shoes on. She has a strict, no-nonsense attitude but loves Anne very much. She wears a long sleeve purple dress with an apron over it. She has gray shoes on. 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 has a green shirt, brown pants, red belt and boots on. 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.'
- 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', 'The Stray', 'The Ice Cream Promise', 'The Avonlea Herald', and 'A Condition Of Superstition.'
- Unknown - Caesar - Felix's dog, who is rowdy and out of control. He likes to escape by biting the rope that ties him down away. 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.'
- 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,' due to the fact that Anne and her friends asked so many question that their powers seemed to wear off.
Anne: Journey to Green Gables
In 2005 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, Kathy Greenwood and Patricia Hamilton, all of whom had appeared in previous Sullivan Entertainment productions.