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Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV series)

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Little Lord Fauntleroy
小公子セディ
(Shōkōshi Cedie)
GenreDrama, Family
Anime television series
Directed byKōzō Kusuba
Produced byShigeo Endō, Junzō Nakajima (Nippon Animation)
Jirō Komaki (Fuji Television)
Written byFumio Ishimori
Music byKōichi Morita
StudioNippon Animation
Original networkFuji TV
English networkITV
Original run 10 January 1988 25 December 1988
Episodes43
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Little Lord Fauntleroy, also known as Little Prince Cedie (小公子セディ, Shōkōshi Sedi), is a Japanese anime series produced by Nippon Animation in 1988 and was broadcast on the World Masterpiece Theater.

It is an animation staple that showcased each year an animated version of a different classical book or story. The series is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1886 book, Little Lord Fauntleroy.

In the Philippines, this work was aired by ABS-CBN in the early 1990s (with some rebroadcasts at the 21st century) under the title of Cedie, Ang Munting Prinsipe, with the spin-offs live-action film of the same title by Star Cinema. The film adaptation of Little Lord Fauntleroy starred former child actor Tom Taus Jr. as the eponymous character.

In the United Kingdom, the series premiered as an English dub which aired on ITV between 1995 and 1998.

Outline

This work is a home drama which depicts the process of a grumpy grandfather and surroundings of a noble family moved by his grandson and becoming mild. It is also a feature that many animal characters have appeared.

The story is divided into two stages : the first stage is episodes in New York, and the second stage is episodes in the United Kingdom.

In "the World Masterpiece Theater" series, a boy became the main character for the first time in eight years since "the Adventures of Tom Sawyer". Since this work, a work with a boy as the main character appeared in a relatively short span.

Plot

The story concerns an American boy named Cedric Errol (more fondly known as "Cedie"[1]), who at an early age finds that he is the sole heir to a British earldom and leaves New York City to take up residence in his ancestral castle. After some initial resistance, he is joined by his middle-class mother (whom Cedie calls "Dearest"), widow of heir James Errol.

His grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, intends to teach the boy to become an aristocrat, but Cedie inadvertently teaches his grandfather compassion and social justice, and the artless simplicity and motherly love of Dearest warms the old man's heart.

Characters

Main characters

  • Cedric Errol (Cedie) (voiced by Ai Orikasa) : The main character of this anime. An innocent and warm-hearted boy who likes baseball and is good at playing the flute.
  • James Errol (voiced by Shinji Ogawa) : The father of Cedie. A reporter of a newspaper company. Born in an earl family of the United Kingdom. He married with an US citizen Annie despite of his family's opposition, and was disconnected from his family. Due to overwork, he died of a heart attack.
  • Annie Errol (voiced by Tomoko Munakata) : The mother of Cedie.
  • Earl Dorincourt (voiced by Takeshi Watabe) : The grandfather of Cedie. A grumpy old man.

Episodes in New York

  • Alec (voiced by Yuzuru Fujimoto) : The chief editor of the Morning Journal where James is on work.
  • Sias Hobbes (voiced by Toshiya Ueda) : An aged man who runs a greengrocer.
  • Eliza (voiced by Miharu Yokota) : A teacher at the school Cedie attends.
  • Eric (voiced by Kazue Ikura) : A boyfriend and classmate of Cedie.
  • Mickey (voiced by Yūko Mita) : A boyfriend of Cedie.
  • Roy (voiced by Minami Takayama) : A boyfriend of Cedie.
  • Catherine (voiced by Rei Sakuma) : A girlfriend of Cedie.

Episodes in the United Kingdom

  • Ms. Melon (voiced by Shō Saitō) : The chief maid of Dorincourt family.
  • Jane Short (voiced by Eiko Yamada) : A maid of Cedie, who falls in love with Cedie.
  • Wilkins (voiced by Bin Shimada) : The keeper of the territory of Earl Drincourt and the keeper of the stables.
  • Cocky (voiced by Mitsuko Horie) : A girl raised under a grandmother of the neighbor of the Dorincourt family.
  • Brigitte (voiced by Naoko Matsui) : Cedie's distant cousin. Initially she despised Cedie. However, by an incident caused by her, she become reconciled with Cedie.
  • Harris (voiced by Yoshiko Sakakibara) : The mother of Bridget. Malicious against Cedie.
  • Guard' : An unnamed member of the palace guards who protects the queen and freezes, Cedric just called him a doll, and He also doesn't speak.

Animal characters

  • Dougal : Cedie's pet dog, and a dog of the Drincourt family.
  • Little Prince : A white horse presented for Cedie.
  • Searim : Earl Dorincourt's horse.
  • Lyla : Cocky's pet cat.

Staff

  • Director : Kōzō Kusuba
  • Scenario : Fumio Ishimori
  • Character design : Michiyo Sakurai
  • Music : Kōichi Morita
  • Sound director : Etsuji Yamada
  • Animation director : Michiyo Sakurai, Hideaki Shimada, Hidemi Maeda, Megumi Kagawa, Toshiki Yamazaki, Hisatoshi Motoki, Yūko Fujii
  • Art director : Nobuaki Numai
  • Producer : Shigeo Endō, Junzō Nakajima (Nippon Animation), Jirō Komaki (Fuji Television)
  • Planning : Shōji Satō (Nippon Animation), Taihei Ishikawa (Fuji Television)
  • Production management : Mitsuru Takakuwa, Junzō Nakajima (Nippon Animation)
  • Production desk : Shun'ichi Kosao (Nippon Animation)

Theme songs

  • Opening theme : Our Cedie (ぼくらのセディ, Bokura no Sedi)
  • Ending theme : For Loving Someone (誰かを愛するために, Dare ka o Aisuru Tameni)
    • Song by : Hikaru Nishida
    • Lyrics by : Michio Yamagami
    • Composition by : Kōichi Morita
    • Arrangement by : Kazuo Ōtani
  • Insertion song : You Are My Friend (きみは友だち, Kimi wa Tomodachi)
    • Song by : Ai Orikasa
    • Lyrics by : Akira Itō
    • Composition by : Kōichi Morita
    • Arrangement by : Kazuo Ōtani

Hikaru Nishida who sang theme songs of this work, did not appear as a cast (dubbing voice) in the main story, but acted Cedie in the musical of this work.[2]

Until this work, singers of theme songs appeared in the main story in some way, such as casts and musicals. However, since the successor "the Adventures of Peter Pan", singers of theme songs do not always appear in the main story. (e.g. Yukiko Iwai in "the Adventures of Peter Pan" did not act any casts.)

Trivia

Discourse of casts

Ai Orikasa who made her debut with this work, said as follows. (the original text in Japanese)

緒方賢一さんと子供ミュージカルの舞台で出会ってなければ、声優のお仕事をしていなかった‥『小公子セディ』主役デビューなんてラッキーなことも‥振り返ると人々の作って下さった流れに乗っかっての今である。 その是非は問わずに前に進もう!若人のエネルギーで今また一つ支流が生まれそう^.^
(In Ai Orikawa's twitter, 9 September 2016)[3]

In other words, she thanks the debut with "Little Lord Fauntleroy".

See also

Same as this work, Ai Orikasa is the main actor, and Kōzō Kusuba is the director. Broadcast in 1995.
A work in which Ai Orikasa and Kazue Ikura co-star, a dog character appears, and harsh characters gradually becomes milder, showing similarities to this work. Starring Kazue Ikura, broadcast in 1991.

References

External links

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