Little House on the Prairie (miniseries)
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|Laura Ingalls Wilder's
Little House on the Prairie
|Written by||Laura Ingalls Wilder (original novel)
Katie Ford (screenplay)
|Directed by||David L. Cunningham|
|Theme music composer||John Cameron|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||255 minutes|
|Original release||March 26 – April 23, 2005|
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie is a 2005 family western television miniseries directed by David L. Cunningham. It is a six-part adaptation of children's novels Little House in the Big Woods (1932) and Little House on the Prairie (1935) by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The series was broadcast on ABC as part of The Wonderful World of Disney anthology series.
- Cameron Bancroft as Charles Ingalls
- Erin Cottrell as Caroline Ingalls
- Kyle Chavarria as Laura Ingalls
- Danielle Chuchran as Mary Ingalls
- Gregory Sporleder as Mr. Edwards
- Nathaniel Arcand as Kiowa Brave
- Allen Belcourt as Young Kiowa Warrior
- Byron Chief-Moon as Soldat Du Chene
- Melanie Corcoran as Independence prostitute
- James Cosmo as Mr. Scott
- Geoffrey Ewert as Townsman
- Richard Halliday as Shopkeeper
- Dorian Harewood as Dr. Tan
- Jimmy Herman as Osage
- Daniel Jeffery as Boy
- Tim Koetting as Major Callaghan
- Barbara Kozicki as Aunt Docie
- Griffin Powell-Arcand as Young Indian Boy
- Sammy Simon as Medicine-man
- Royal Sproule as Post employee
- Gina Stockdale as Mrs. Scott
Differences from the books
There were several changes in this adaptation from the narrative in the books:
- The biggest change is omitting Laura's younger sister, Carrie, from the story.
- According to the book, the two horses were traded to the man in Iowa, while this adaptation tells that Pa shot one and traded the other for Pet and Patty.
- The meeting between Pa and Mr. Edwards was added to this adaptation.
- In the book, Mr. Scott was the one who helped Pa dig the well, not Mr. Edwards.
- In the book, Mr. Edwards did chores for the Ingalls while Pa went to town, while Mrs. Scott attended the family while they were sick.
- The Indian war dance was changed heavily, to the settlers building the stockade, instead of just letting it go without a fight, as the book says.
- The Ingalls see a wagon that is not moving filled with sick people at the end of the book, while this adaptation portrays this at the start.
The miniseries was released on DVD on March 28, 2006.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||6||March 26, 2005||April 23, 2005|
|No. in series||No. in season||Title||Director||Writer(s)||Air date||Production Code|
|1||1||"Little House in the Big Woods: Part 1"||David L. Cunningham||Katie Ford||March 26, 2005||101|
|Charles Ingalls decides to uproot his wife and daughters from their Wisconsin home to claim a new parcel of land on the Kansas Prairie.|
|2||2||"Little House in the Big Woods: Part 2"||David L. Cunningham||Katie Ford||April 2, 2005||102|
|Indians approach the house while Pa is away,terrifying Laura and Mary; Ma is delighted to meet Mr.and Mrs.Scott,the family's kind but odd new neighbors; illness forces the family to depend on the kindness of a new stranger.|
|3||3||"The Ingalls' Journey: Part 1"||David L. Cunningham||Katie Ford||April 2, 2005||103|
|Indians approach the house while Pa is away,terrifying Laura and Mary; Ma is delighted to meet Mr.and Mrs.Scott,the family's new neighbors; fire threatens the Ingalls' home; Pa has difficulty bartering.|
|4||4||"The Ingalls' Journey: Part 2"||David L. Cunningham||Katie Ford||April 9, 2005||104|
|Fire threatens the Ingalls' home; Pa has difficulty bartering; Laura becomes fascinated with the Indians who live nearby.|
|5||5||"Adventures on the Kansas Prairie: Part 1"||David L. Cunningham||Katie Ford||April 16, 2005||105|
|Pa is attacked by a mountain lion; the growing number of Indians establishing camps nearby has the family feeling threatened.|
|6||6||"Adventures on the Kansas Prairie: Part 2"||David L. Cunningham||Katie Ford||April 23, 2005||106|
|The growing number of Indians establishing camps nearby has the family feeling threatened; Ma and Pa are glad to see the Indians have signed a treaty to relocate, although Laura feels sad to see them go.|
- Official website
- Little House on the Prairie on IMDb
- Little House on the Prairie at AllMovie
- Little House on the Prairie at TV.com
- 2005 Miniseries DVD Review, at UltimateDisney.com
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