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* CuddleBug: Pollyanna is very physically affectionate with her aunt and usually greets her with an enthusiastic hug. This is very much a source in humour when you compare her to the straight-laced Aunt Polly.


* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Heavily on the idealistic side.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Heavily on Largely idealistic, though part of the idealistic side.charm of the books is how Pollyanna's fundamental innocence leads her to misinterpret actions by adults that are cynical or even borderline cruel -- shaming them in the process.



* VillainyFreeVillain: Unlike her movie counterpart, the book Aunt Polly is not part of a town-wide battle, nor does she rule the town through her wealth. Her antagonism is largely her indifference and neglect toward Pollyanna, seeing her more as a duty to put up with than as a part of her life.

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* VillainyFreeVillain: Unlike her movie counterpart, the book Aunt Polly is not part of a town-wide battle, nor does she rule the town through her wealth. Her antagonism main flaw is largely her indifference and neglect toward Pollyanna, seeing her more that she sees Pollyanna as a burden she was compelled by duty to put up with than pick up, not as a part beloved member of her life.family.


The novel was an instant success, warranting twelve sequels by different authors and passing the name "Pollyanna" itself into the vernacular to describe the archetype she embodies. It was adapted into Movies and TV series several times including a 1920 silent movie starring Creator/MaryPickford, [[Anime/TheStoryOfPollyannaGirlOfLove a 1986 Anime series]] as part of the Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater series and perhaps most famously made into [[Film/Pollyanna1960 a film by Disney starring Hayley Mills]] as much as a 1989 TV movie (and its 1990 sequel) also released by Disney featuring Keshia Knight Pulliam from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' as Pollyanna. The 1960 and 1989 movies differ significantly from the books, both in the main plot and in characterizations.

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The novel was an instant success, warranting twelve sequels by different authors and passing the name "Pollyanna" itself into the vernacular to describe the archetype she embodies. It was adapted into Movies and TV series several times including a 1920 silent movie starring Creator/MaryPickford, [[Anime/TheStoryOfPollyannaGirlOfLove a 1986 Anime series]] as part of the Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater series and perhaps most famously made into [[Film/Pollyanna1960 a film by Disney starring Hayley Mills]] as much well as a 1989 TV movie (and its 1990 sequel) also released by Disney featuring Keshia Knight Pulliam from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' as Pollyanna. The 1960 and 1989 movies differ significantly from the books, both in the main plot and in characterizations.


''Pollyanna'', a novel by Eleanor Porter, is the first of a series of thirteen novels known as "The Glad Books", about an orphaned girl living with her aunt in the early 20th century. Young Pollyanna goes by a philosophy called "The Glad Game" where she finds something to be glad about in every situation. Combined with her sunny personality, her presence helps to reform her dismal town and, most effectively, her miserable aunt.

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''Pollyanna'', a novel by Eleanor Porter, is the first of a series of thirteen novels known as "The Glad Books", about an orphaned girl living with her aunt in the early 20th century. Young Pollyanna Whittier goes by a philosophy called "The Glad Game" where she finds something to be glad about in every situation. Combined with her sunny personality, her presence helps to reform her dismal town and, most effectively, her miserable aunt.

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Nancy doesn't like her first name because she finds it too ordinary. Pollyanna tells her that she should be glad that she isn't called "Hephzibah".


* LiteralMinded: Pollyanna, as the innocent that she is.

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* LiteralMinded: Pollyanna, as the innocent that she is. For instance, when Nancy tells her that Mr. Pendleton is so rich that he "could eat dollar bills, if he wanted to, and not know it", Pollyanna responds that everyone would notice that they're eating dollar bills.

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* CulturalTranslation: The 2003 British version moves the setting from the U.S. to England, but keeps the same time period.

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* VerbalTic: Nancy has a habit of repeating what she said twice at the end of the sentence, she does, she does. Also, her exclamation "My stars and stockings".


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!!Adaptations with their own pages:

* ''Film/Pollyanna1960''
* ''Anime/TheStoryOfPollyannaGirlOfLove''

!!Other adaptations provide examples of:

* GospelChoirsAreJustBetter: The TV movie ''Polly'' includes a song called "Stand Up" in which the entire church congregation starts dancing and celebrating.
* PreApprovedSermon: In the TV movie ''Polly''.
* RaceLift: The TV movies ''Polly'' and ''Polly: Comin' Home!'' retell ''Pollyanna'' with a with a mostly-African-American cast, featuring Keshia Knight Pulliam from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' as Polly.
* SettingUpdate: The TV movies ''Polly'' and ''Polly: Comin' Home!'' move the location and time period from Vermont in the 1900s to segregated Alabama in TheFifties.


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The novel was an instant success, warranting twelve sequels by different authors and passing the name "Pollyanna" itself into the vernacular to describe the archetype she embodies. It was adapted into Movies and TV series several times including a 1920 silent movie starring Creator/MaryPickford, [[Anime/TheStoryOfPollyannaGirlOfLove a 1986 Anime series]] as part of the Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater series and perhaps most famously made into a film by Disney starring Hayley Mills as much as a 1989 TV movie (and its 1990 sequel) also released by Disney featuring Keshia Knight Pulliam from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' as Pollyanna. The 1960 and 1989 movies differ significantly from the books, both in the main plot and in characterizations.

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The novel was an instant success, warranting twelve sequels by different authors and passing the name "Pollyanna" itself into the vernacular to describe the archetype she embodies. It was adapted into Movies and TV series several times including a 1920 silent movie starring Creator/MaryPickford, [[Anime/TheStoryOfPollyannaGirlOfLove a 1986 Anime series]] as part of the Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater series and perhaps most famously made into [[Film/Pollyanna1960 a film by Disney starring Hayley Mills Mills]] as much as a 1989 TV movie (and its 1990 sequel) also released by Disney featuring Keshia Knight Pulliam from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' as Pollyanna. The 1960 and 1989 movies differ significantly from the books, both in the main plot and in characterizations.



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* AdaptationNameChange: The book's Mr. Pendelton and Thomas Chilton become Mr. Prendergast and Edmund Chilton in the Disney film. Likewise the town was Beldingsville in the book - and becomes Harrington Falls in the film.
* AdaptationalNationality: Pollyanna is implied to be half-British in the film, where she's played by the English Hayley Mills. It's said that her father was a minister in the British West Indies and she is seen teaching Nancy the English folk song "Early One Morning" at one point.
* AgeLift: The other way around. Aunt Polly and Dr. Chilton are younger in the Disney movie than in the book, and in the book have not spoken in ''fifteen'' years (as opposed to just five in the movie).
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Nancy becomes Pollyanna's friend because the little girl doesn't tell Aunt Polly about them running into George in town.
* BeneathTheMask: After Dr. Chilton gives Polly a ReasonYouSuckSpeech, the servants note that it didn't faze her at all. Cut to Polly in her room, where her ProperLady façade breaks and she cries into her mirror.
* BetaBitch: Mrs Tarbell acts as this to Aunt Polly.
* BitchAlert: Angelica the maid. Also Mrs. Tarbell, whose first scene is her complaining about the arrangements on the train.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Movie example. The women in Aunt Polly's household - Nancy (blonde), Polly (brunette), Angelica (redhead). And Tilly adds some grey hair to the equation too.
* BreakTheCutie: Well, the Universe seems to be trying...[[spoiler: At the end, almost succeeding.]]
* BrickJoke: Movie: When Pollyanna and Jimmy are in Mr. Pendergast's house he randomly feels Jimmy's hair and says "don't they ever cut your hair in that orphanage". This then shifts to a dramatic scene with Aunt Polly and about 20 minutes later we see Jimmy and Prendegast in the barber shop.
* CanonForeigner: The Disney film adds in a sour maid called Angelica in Aunt Polly's house, as well as a cook called Tilly. Likewise Nancy is given a sweetheart called George that Polly wishes to suppress.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Pollyanna [[spoiler: falls off the roof and paralyzes herself]] while sneaking back into the house from a town gathering Aunt Polly forbade her from going to. Crosses over with TooDumbToLive because [[spoiler: she was safe but went out to fetch a prize she won at the fair only to fall off the roof]].
* CheerfulChild: Pollyanna of course, and Jimmy Bean the orphan too.
* DecoyProtagonist: It's been argued that although Pollyanna appears to be the lead, it is actually Aunt Polly who is the true protagonist of the story. She goes through the most CharacterDevelopment, Pollyanna acting more as a catalyst for it.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Three main examples. There's Mrs. Snow, the crabby old woman convinced she's ill and who is rude to everyone. Also, in the movie only, Angelica, the cynical maid in the house. And of course Aunt Polly herself. Pollyanna defrosts them all.
* DespairEventHorizon: When this happens to Pollyanna, just about the whole town tries to help. [[spoiler: She eventually gets past her HeroicBSOD]].
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: The Disney version's [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E8NECWT1L.jpg DVD case]].
* ForHappiness: Pollyanna likes everyone and wants them to be happy. She seems to accomplish this goal without realizing the size of her role.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Pollyanna's father taught her the Glad Game when a missionary barrel they received contained a pair of crutches instead of a much-wanted doll. He said she could be glad she didn't need to use them. [[spoiler: Near the end of the movie she finds herself severely crippled, with warnings that she may never walk again...]]
** Also, the reason [[spoiler:she fell in the first place, resulting in her injury]], is because she [[spoiler:dropped a doll she won, and overreached herself trying to retrieve it]].
** A happier example. Aunt Polly allowing Pollyanna to kiss her goodnight is foreshadowing that she does have a sweet side after all.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Hayley Mills's portrayal of Pollyanna. Hair colour isn't mentioned in the book and she's been portrayed by brunette actresses in other adaptations.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler: In the last scene, Mr Pendergast reveals he's adopted Jimmy Bean]].
* HappyEnding: Well, duh.
* HeelFaceTurn: Pollyanna can make this happen to anyone. Most notable is Aunt Polly. It's downplayed but the first person Pollyanna sees in the crowd of well-wishers is also the snobby Mrs Tarbell - who had been opposing the bazaar. This time Mrs. Tarbell sincerely wishes Pollyanna a recovery.
* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Tarbell, whose wife is a crony of Aunt Polly's.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Pollyanna herself, in the most winsome possible way. She sees everyone as a potential friend, assumes everyone's motivations are all good -- and instead of being victimized, she transforms the town as everyone tries to live up to the good she sees in them.
* KissingCousins: Not literally but, in the movie, Nancy lies saying her lover George is actually her cousin Frank. Pollyanna is not fooled when she sees them kissing.
* LargeHam: In the movie, Karl Malden as a preacher butchering Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".
* LettingHerHairDown: In the 1960 movie, Dr. Edmund Chilton says that Aunt Polly was so much nicer when she used to wear her hair down. After an emotional conversation with him, Aunt Polly goes upstairs and lets it down for a moment.
* LickedByTheDog: Some people find Pollyanna's friendliness to be this, at least at first.
* LiteralMinded: Pollyanna, as the innocent that she is.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Reverend Ford says this after talking to Pollyanna. He realises how silly he was for listening to Aunt Polly and making people feel horrible at the sermons every week. He resolves to read from 'the happy texts' in the Bible every week from then on.
** Aunt Polly especially in the movie. [[spoiler: Rather than an automobile accident as in the book, Pollyanna is crippled while climbing back into her room. Her attic room, that Polly gave her. Sneaking back from a bazaar that Polly forbade her from going to, and actually ''refused'' to take her to]].
--> "That child lies up there because of me!"
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Pollyanna is the American heroine of an American novel, but she has Hayley Mills' English accent in the movie. This is {{Hand Wave}}d by saying that she was previously living with her missionary father in the British West Indies. In the original novel, her missionary father was based in the western U.S. instead.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: We see an earlier moment of Pollyanna's cheerful disposition slipping when she finally calls out Mrs. Snow for wasting all her time planning for her death when she should be enjoying life. When she runs out of the room clearly distraught over what just happened, both Mrs. Snow and the undertaker she was having a discussion with felt terrible after seeing the look of despair on Pollyanna's face. This snaps Mrs. Snow out of her fatalist mindset.
* PluckyGirl: Pollyanna merges this with her own [[ThePollyanna trope]] and manages to transform an entire town of sourpusses into happy people.
* ThePollyanna: The TropeNamer. She's more layered than most examples however; it's strongly hinted that she's holding onto the Glad Game because it's all she has left.
* PreApprovedSermon: In the 1960 Disney movie version. Aunt Polly coaches Reverend Ford on what to say to his congregation.
* {{Remaster}}: A featurette on the DVD of the Disney version reveals that during TheNineties, Disney's film preservation team discovered two problems with the original film elements: the negative suffered color crush due to a faded yellow layer, and the reel containing the ShoppingMontage only had separation masters in red and blue, as opposed to red, blue, and green. In order to restore the colors as close as possible to their original appearance, the team had to create their own green separation master, from the un-faded green layer of the negative.
* SliceOfLife: The first two acts of the story don't have much of a plot. It just involves Pollyanna going around meeting various people in the town and winning them over with the Glad Game. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick pointed out that this is all very important build-up for [[spoiler: Pollyanna's crippling accident and DespairEventHorizon, as well as Aunt Polly's HeelFaceTurn]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Heavily on the idealistic side.
* SpoiledSweet: Aunt Polly deconstructs this. She doesn't flaunt her wealth and does try to use it to do good things. However she only does good things out of a stuffy sense of obligation - she feels she has to because she's the wealthiest woman in town. As such the people resent the 'false charity' and it's seen as just another way for Polly to control them. Polly does however learn the true meaning of kindness and is arguably a proper example by the end.
* StepfordSmiler: While Pollyanna's cheerfulness is mostly genuine, she occasionally shows signs of struggling to maintain that cheerfulness, most notably when she cries while praying to her dead father about how hard it is to be glad all the time and when [[spoiler:she gets crippled in an accident and learns that she may never walk again]].
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Angelica the maid in the movie. Although Pollyanna does defrost her, she still remains slightly aloof with the occasional PetTheDog moment.
* ThinkHappyThoughts: Pollyanna's "game" involves finding a bright side to even the saddest situations.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mrs. Snow and Mr. Pendelton (book)/Pendergast (movie) are harsh and cold initially but eventually become good friends with Pollyanna.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Aunt Polly never does anything evil in the story. At first she merely scolds Pollyanna for her behaviour. She does oppose the town bazaar but not maliciously. Ultimately the entire story is setting up [[spoiler: a HeelFaceTurn]].
* WhenSheSmiles:
** Mrs. Snow is initially grumpy and cantankerous. But after Pollyanna tells her off, she goes to work on a patchwork quilt for the bazaar. Her daughter catches her doing it, Mrs. Snow smiles at her and Millie doesn't quite believe what she's just seen. We see Mrs Snow smiling a lot more at the bazaar too.
** Mrs. Tarbell spends most of the movie acting as a snobby ProperLady. As such it's a huge contrast when she's smiling sincerely at the end.
** Aunt Polly smiles plenty of times in the movie, but it's always slightly vapid and just another relic of her ProperLady image. However there's a big difference when she sincerely smiles at Pollyanna in the end.
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* AdaptationalNationality: Pollyanna is implied to be half-British in the film, where she's played by the English Hayley Mills. It's said that her father was a minister in the British West Indies and she is seen teaching Nancy the English folk song "Early One Morning" at one point.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Pollyanna is the American heroine of an American novel, but she has Hayley Mills' English accent in the movie. This is {{Hand Wave}}d by saying that she was previously living with her missionary father in the British West Indies. In the original novel, her missionary father was based in the western U.S. instead.


* TeensAreMonsters: Subverted as hard as a trope can be. 12 year old Pollyanna is nothing like your average teenage girl, even your average teenager in an era before there was a concept of adolescence. The "worst" thing she ever does is sit and feel sorry for herself after [[spoiler:shattering her legs.]]

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