History Literature / ALittlePrincess

8th Jun '16 3:09:14 AM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Played with. Sara in the book believes she isn't pretty (because she doesn't have beautiful blonde hair), and it's her kindness and spunkiness that compels people to attend to her. This trait is abandoned in the film, where she's played by the cute Liesel Matthews.
* AdaptationalNationality: Sara is a British child in the books, but played by an American. Her father is still British and her mother is said to have been a student at the school (which is now in New York), implying she is half-American.



* AdaptationExpansion: In the book, Miss Minchin never sees the room filled with finery by Ram Dass. In the film, her discovering it (and assuming Sara has stolen everything) prompts the climax - where Minchin summons the police.



* AgeLift: The other way around. Lavinia is older in the book - said to be about fourteen to Sara's eight. In the film, she's much younger.



* BlackBestFriend[=/=]RaceLift: Becky. In the original, she is a typical Victorian-era Cockney girl. With the setting changed from Britain to America, rendering a Cockney girl as black is a logical enough CulturalTranslation.

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* BlackBestFriend[=/=]RaceLift: Becky. In BigFun: Miss Amelia is shown to be a chubby woman who, while a little awkward and neurotic, is still very fun and kind to the original, girls.
* BitchAlert: Lavinia is introduced by dipping Ermengarde's hair in an ink well, and looking furious when
she is a typical Victorian-era Cockney girl. With the setting changed from Britain to America, rendering a Cockney girl as black is a logical enough CulturalTranslation.hears how wealthy Sara is.



* CompressedAdaptation: Sara is at the school for several years in the book, but it's only two years at most in the film.



* DisneyDeath: Sara's father.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: Sara's locket.

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* CryForTheDevil: When Sara gives Miss Minchin said ArmorPiercingQuestion, there's a shot of Minchin briefly crying - implying she too had a loveless childhood.
* DisneyDeath: Sara's father.
father, who in this case is confused for being dead with John Randolph from next door.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: Sara's locket. Minchin rips it off her once news of her father's death gets to her, and she confiscates it.
* EekAMouse: Invoked by Becky to distract Miss Minchin, while the other girls are raiding her office for Sara's locket.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Miss Minchin looks shocked when Sara nearly falls while escaping the police - showing that even she wouldn't want a child to fall to her death. Doesn't stop her from ordering the police after her once she's got to safety however.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler: While Miss Minchin keeps the school in the book, here she loses it and is reduced to working as a chimney sweep - with the same boy she had abused earlier]].


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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's implied that Ram Dass definitely has some magic about him. It's the only explanation for Sara's room filling up with the finery so quickly (in the book he gradually does it over several months), and Ram Dass's goal seems to be to reunite father and daughter.
* MoodWhiplash: All over the place.
** The fun and jolly scene of Sara's birthday party gets interrupted with the news that Captain Crewe has died.
** When Sara and the girls are peacefully bowing to Ram Dass from the attic room, cut to Miss Minchin busting all of them.
** PlayedForLaughs when Miss Amelia is hurriedly trying to find Sara to calm Lottie down during one of her tantrums. As soon as she finds Sara, Lottie cheerfully walks past them (the plan to steal back the locket now
* RaceLift:
** Becky. In the original, she is a typical Victorian-era Cockney girl and becomes a BlackBestFriend in the film. With the setting changed from Britain to America, rendering a Cockney girl as black is a logical enough CulturalTranslation.
** Sara herself to a lesser extent. There are references to Sara's "brown hand" and "small, dark face" implying she might be mixed race. She's clearly white in the film.


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* SheCleansUpNicely: [[spoiler: Becky appears now wearing finery like Sara at the end as she's adopted by Captain Crewe]].
30th May '16 9:47:43 AM EnglishGuruLady
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**Even worse, your lack of relatives forces your child to live under the guardianship of a verbally and physically abusive person, presumably with few or no options to get out or better themselves, even after reaching adulthood.
***And to go along with the above, that abusive person tries to have your child arrested for a crime he or she did not commit, as happens in at least two adaptations (1937 and 1995).
12th Mar '16 9:39:45 AM Cailleach
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* PublicDomainFeatureFilms: Due to Fox failing to renew the copyright, this film is in the PublicDomain.
24th Feb '16 7:22:42 PM butterflygrrl
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* AdaptedOut: Along with many minor characters, Ermengarde and Lottie are missing, despite their importance to Sara in the original.




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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Becky is last seen being captured by the police while Sara escapes.
24th Feb '16 3:49:29 PM drebom
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* LaserGuidedKarma: A rather satisfying change is Miss Minchin loses her job and is now a chimney sweep, and is working for a boy who she was a prick to earlier.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: A rather satisfying change is Miss Minchin loses her job and is now a chimney sweep, and is working for a boy who she was a prick horrible to earlier.
4th Jan '16 11:48:58 PM CaptEquinox
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Even so, Sara is about to give into despair when she learns that her father's associate, Mr. Thomas Carrisford, has been searching for her since his death. He gives her back her half of the "bad investment," which in the end turned out to be worth many times more than he and her father had anticipated, and takes her as his ward. Her fortune restored, Sara returns to her former social station, but she does not forget those who were kind to her when she was in need.

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Even so, It becomes more and more difficult for her to keep that attitude glued on as time passes, especially when she is denied food as a punishment. Sara is about to give into despair when she learns that warm clothes, bedding and food begin to appear out of nowhere in her attic room. Her father's associate, Mr. Thomas Carrisford, has been searching for her since his death.Crewe's death. He'd sent the gifts not knowing Sarah was "his" girl, just wanting to help someone in need. He gives her back her half of the "bad investment," which in the end turned out to be worth many times more than he and her father had anticipated, and takes her as his ward. Her fortune restored, Sara returns to her former social station, but she does not forget those who were kind to her when she was in need.



*** Well, he does also suggest that Miss Minchin might keep her on as a student as a 'gift' to her... but his primary reason for having to say that is because he has cleaned out what remained of her father's money to pay off his own bills, leaving nothing for the child but a huge amount of debt.

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*** Well, he does also suggest that Miss Minchin might keep do her the "favor" of keeping her on as a student as a 'gift' to her...student... but his primary reason for having to say that is because he has cleaned out what remained of her father's money to pay off his own bills, leaving nothing for the child but a huge amount of debt.



* CinderellaCircumstances: After Sara loses her fortune she becomes a servant in the school.

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* CinderellaCircumstances: After Sara loses her fortune she becomes a servant in the school. In fact, she is MadeASlave -- an indentured servant whose debt will never be repaid. As she grows older, Miss Minchin actually appoints her as a ''teacher'' -- still unpaid.



** Well, it is by a Victorian novelist: [[spoiler: the old gent who moves in next door turns out to be looking for a particular young lady who is due to inherit a great deal of money. Since the 'Indian Gentleman' is not even sure which COUNTRY the little girl was sent to school in (he sends his solicitor in search of a girl schooled in Paris), it's somewhat serendipitous that he happens to move in next door from the right girl]].

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** Well, it is by a Victorian novelist: [[spoiler: the old gent who moves in next door turns out to be looking for a particular young lady who is due to inherit a great deal of money. Since the 'Indian Gentleman' is not even sure which COUNTRY the little girl was sent to school in (he sends his solicitor in search to Paris, then to Moscow, on the basis of a girl schooled in Paris), vaguely similar names and backgrounds), it's somewhat serendipitous that he happens to move in next door from the right girl]].



* CostumePorn: Some paragraphs in the book are spent describing Sara's beautiful clothes. Indeed, lengthy paragraphs are devoted to describing the wardrobe of the ''doll''.

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* CostumePorn: Some paragraphs in the book are spent describing Sara's beautiful clothes. Indeed, lengthy paragraphs are devoted to describing the wardrobe wardrobes of the ''doll''.Sarah's ''dolls''.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: It's Sara's kindness in the worst possible circumstances that attracts the attention of [[spoiler: her father's partner, laying sick in the house next door]], and leads to their discovery of each others' identities.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: It's Sara's kindness in the worst possible circumstances that attracts the attention of [[spoiler: her father's partner, laying lying sick in the house next door]], and leads to their discovery of each others' identities.



* FallenPrincess: Sara

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* FallenPrincess: SaraSara. She pretends she really ''is'' a princess who's just fallen on hard times like in TheFrenchRevolution.



* YouDirtyRat: Subverted with the rat in Sarah's attic room whom she befriends and names "Melchisedec," after an Old Testament king. She comments on how hard it must be to an animal that everyone treats with fear and disgust when it is just trying to feed itself and its family.

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* YouDirtyRat: Subverted with the rat in Sarah's attic room whom she befriends and names "Melchisedec," after an Old Testament king. She comments on how hard it must be to an animal that everyone treats with fear and disgust when it is just trying to feed itself and its family.
family. Melchy also gets a WhatHappenedToTheMouse since it's not revealed how he fares after Sarah and her crumbs move out of the attic.



* ShooOutTheClowns: The comical Amelia runs away with the milkman ''seconds'' before the dramatic climax. Sara is actually ''watching her go'' when Miss Michin bursts in and accuses her of stealing the locket.

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* ShooOutTheClowns: The comical Amelia runs away with the milkman ''seconds'' before the dramatic climax. Sara is actually ''watching her go'' when Miss Michin Minchin bursts in and accuses her of stealing the locket.
24th Dec '15 5:04:58 PM luiz4200
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!! The 1996 animated film contains examples of:

* DeathByAdaptation: When Sara's father is revealed to be alive, it's explained that his business partner died and was mistaken for him.
* EasilyForgiven: Miss Minchin no longer owns the seminar but she's still allowed to teach there in spite of how she treated the new owner's daughter.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Sara's father.
21st Dec '15 9:32:42 PM silentheartsong
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Inspired a few [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptations]], most notably one starring Creator/ShirleyTemple in 1939 (titled ''The Little Princess'') and one directed by Creator/AlfonsoCuaron in 1995. The latter cast Creator/LieselMatthews in the role. It has also had many stage adaptations as well as various television shows, including a critically acclaimed ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' ''Anime/PrincessSarah'' anime series in TheEighties and the more recent (and ''far'' more loosely-based) anime ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'', which adds {{fanservice}} and [[LikeThatShowButWithMecha mecha]] along with giving the heroine an alternative [[ShellShockedVeteran reaction to trauma]]. [[RecycledInSpace In SPACE]]. See also the 2009 Japanese live-action drama ''Series/ShokojoSeira'', which move the action to Japan and age-up the characters. There's even a ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' adaptation (2012's ''The Penniless Princess'').

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Inspired a few [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptations]], most notably one starring Creator/ShirleyTemple in 1939 (titled ''The Little Princess'') and one directed by Creator/AlfonsoCuaron in 1995. The latter cast Creator/LieselMatthews in the role. It has also had many stage adaptations as well as various television shows, including a critically acclaimed ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' ''Anime/PrincessSarah'' anime series in TheEighties and the more recent (and ''far'' more loosely-based) anime ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'', which adds {{fanservice}} and [[LikeThatShowButWithMecha mecha]] along with giving the heroine an alternative [[ShellShockedVeteran reaction to trauma]]. [[RecycledInSpace In SPACE]]. See also the 2009 Japanese live-action drama ''Series/ShokojoSeira'', which move the action to Japan and age-up the characters. There's even a ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' adaptation (2012's ''The Penniless Princess'').
Princess''), and indie developer HanakoGames is currently producing a visual novel adaptation, to be released in 2016.
25th Oct '15 11:01:40 AM ThetaMarie
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*** Well, he does also suggest that Miss Minchin might keep her on as a student as a 'gift' to her... but his primary reason for having to say that is because he has cleaned out what remained of her father's money to pay off his own bills, leaving nothing for the child but a huge amount of debt.
4th Oct '15 9:16:48 PM Autumn
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* TheWoobie: Becky.
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