''Heidi Girl of the Alps'' is a 1974 {{Anime}} series that ran for 52 episodes based on the famous ''[[Literature/{{Heidi}} Heidi's Years of Wandering and Learning]]'' Swiss classic children's novel by Johanna Spyri. The anime featured the talents of YoshiyukiTomino (storyboards), IsaoTakahata (director) and Creator/HayaoMiyazaki (animator).

It tells the tale of Heidi, a five year old orphan who is pretty much dumped by her aunt on her grandpa, a gruff man with a bad reputation who lives alone in the mountains. Heidi, being MoeMoe, quickly melts the old man's heart and makes a friend in Peter, a goatherd six year older than her, and Grandpa's huge St Bernard dog, Joseph (renamed in many foreign dubs for some reason as some variation on the word "fog"). Just as she has gotten cozy in the Alps, her aunt comes back and tricks her into leaving the mountains for Frankfurt to become the companion of a [[LonelyRichKid lonely, rich]] IllGirl bound to a wheelchair, Klara Sesemann. Once again, she makes friends with the whole household (except for uptight old hag Mrs. Rottenmeier), but she gets increasingly homesick, to the point that she starts ''sleepwalking''. For her sanity's sake, she's allowed to go back to the Alps, with the promise that Clara will be allowed to visit her there. Which just happens to be exactly what Clara needs for her health...

''Heidi'' was a big success, and it is still fondly remembered in Japan and many foreign countries. Not so much in English-speaking countries, as only a movie-length edited version of the show (put together without Takahata and Miyazaki's input) made it to home video in UK and USA. Video game players (especially those who may have never heard of this version of the story) may recognize part of the opening theme from the arcade game {{Frogger}}[[note]]Specifically, the second "yodeling" part[[/note]].

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!A lot of the tropes in this series are already covered at ''Literature/{{Heidi}}''. Tropes exclusive to ''Heidi, Girl of the Alps'' include the following:--

* AdultFear: Parents may fear this if they see their children standing at gunpoint even if they're not aiming at them, they still could get hurt.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The opening theme was changed for South African TV to the famous German Heidi song. [[note]]A song which is now [[EarWorm permenantly engrained]] in young South Africans.[[/note]] Also, the Italian version has a different ending theme.
** The Spanish language versions (for both Spain and Latin America), and (at least) the Brazilian Portuguese version use an adapted version of the original Japanese opening theme.[[note]]"Abuelito Dime Tu" and "Avozinho Diz-me Tu" respectively.[[/note]]
* ButtMonkey: Rottenmeier, in the last episodes. Seeing her being comically unable to adapt herself to the Alps life is [[TakeThatScrappy freaking cathartic]].
* CloudCuckooLander: Heidi sometimes qualifies for this, but it's probably due to her young age despite her incredible [[WiseBeyondTheirYears intelligence]]
* FriendOrFoe: Heidi and Peter often get into fights over different things possibly due to Heidi's [[LargeHam love for nature.]] Averted, they eventually reconcile and then break up again.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: It has a top notch cast for its day: Creator/KazukoSugiyama (Heidi), NorikoOhara (Peter), RihokoYoshida (Klara), MiyokoAso (Rottenmeier)
* {{Redubbing}}: One of only a handful of animes to be dubbed in Afrikaans during Apartheid. [[note]]The series was very popular in South Africa (owing to its shared Dutch heritage) and was rerun throughout the 80s and 90s.[[/note]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Though debatable... since Heidi doesn't know too much about guns, but in the scene where the hunters were about to shoot a deer, you'd think that she's afraid... but she's not. She then stands up for an argument and ends it by sticking her tongue out.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: From the get-go, Heidi is a five-year-old orphan yet she seems to talk like an 8-year-old.
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