1937 Edit

In 1937 the first (and perhaps the most known) Heidi film was release, it was written by Johanna Spyri (original story), Julien Josephson, and Walter Ferris. It was directed by Allan Dwan and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.


Heidi is an eight year-old cheerful Swiss orphan who is taken by her uncaring aunt, after living with her grandfather for a while, to live in a wealthy household as a companion for Klara, a disabled rich girl, who she helps learn to walk. Klara's caretaker later tries to sell Heidi to the gypsies. Eventually, Heidi's grandfather comes looking for her and rescues her from the evil caretaker. She then can return to their mountain home and live happily ever after.


Actor Role
Shirley Temple Heidi
Jean Hersholt Adolph Kramer, the Grandfather
Arthur Treacher Andrews, the Butler
Mary Nash Fräulein Rottenmeier
Marcia Mae Jones Klara Sesemann
Sidney Blackmer Herr Sesemann

1968 Edit

In 1968 NBC made for TV film version of the original novel which debuted on 17 November 1968. It starred actress Jennifer Edwards, stepdaughter of Julie Andrews and daughter of Blake Edwards, in the title role, alongside Maximillian Schell, Jean Simmons, and Michael Redgrave. The film was sponsored by Timex.

The film altered the plot somewhat by casting the attractive Ms. Simmons as Fraulein Rottenmeier the governess, making the character far more sympathetic (thus eliminating the antagonism between her and Heidi), and introducing a romance between the governess and Maximilian Schell's Herr Sesemann.

This film, however, is most remembered for cutting off the final minutes of a 1968 American Football League regular-season game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets, which became known as "The Heidi Game".

1975-79 Edit

In Pacific Arts Video, compiled into an English-dubbed movie entitled The Story of Heidi. This character is a named Heidi (Adelheid) at personality is a kind-hearted, cute, curious, and sweet little orphan girl (similar to Alice in Wonderland, Kiki's Delivery Service, Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, Thumbelina: A Magical Story, and Pinocchio), but you have re-released by in Thanksgiving 1979, Ver Halen and Guzman Productions from The Kusakabe's Sister and re-distributed by extended Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, the only version of the Heidi anime to have been commercially released in the United States is the feature-length movie version of the TV series, released in Japanese theaters in 1979 and directly to home video in the U.S. sometime in the 1980s by Pacific Arts under the title The Story of Heidi. The American version was produced by Claudio Guzman and Charles Ver Halen and featured a voice cast including Randi Kiger as the kind-hearted Heidi (inspiration to Elisa from The Wild Swans), Billy Whitaker as the goat-herd Peter, Michelle Laurita as crippled Clara, Jacquelyn Hyde as the villainous Mrs. Rottenmeier, Vic Perrin as the grandfather Alm-Ohi, Alan Reed as the famous Sebastian, and legendary voice talent Janet Waldo as Aunt Dete. This dub also changes the name of the dog Josef to Bernard, ostensibly because he is a St. Bernard.

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