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The Little House on the Prairie
The Little House on the Prairie
Actors: Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell, Kyle Chavarria, Danielle Chuchran, Gregory Sporleder
Director: David L. Cunningham
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
NR     2006     4hr 15min

Marking a return to the autobiographical books by renowned author Laura Ingalls Wilder, Disney's epic production of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE celebrates the magnificent and heartwarming story of a pioneer family's brave ...  more »


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Actors: Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell, Kyle Chavarria, Danielle Chuchran, Gregory Sporleder
Director: David L. Cunningham
Creators: Ed Friendly, Hans Proppe, Katie Ford, Linda Rogers-Ambury, Michelle Wong, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Family Films, Drama
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/28/2006
Original Release Date: 03/26/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 03/26/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 4hr 15min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Budget's Gal | Kearns, UT USA | 01/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I found out that (I think it was ABC) they're making a Little House on the Prairie movie, I was thrilled. When I found out that they're going to follow the books exactly, I was even more thrilled. As the most of us, I grew up with the series with Michael Landon and I still consider this to be the best family series in television history. The 5-part mini-series was excellent and I consider this to be highly reccomended.
I really hope that ABC continues making more of these movies by continuing on faithfully by the books as Laura gets older and her meeting Almanzo. I'm such a sucker for romance. :) This is reccomended for all ages and it's completely family-safe. :)"
Excellent Film, but lacking in some areas!!!
Jay Glenewinkel | Texas | 04/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As many, I have grown up on Michael Landon's "Little House" and have read all of the "Little House" books written by Laura Inagalls Wilder.

The original television series of the 1970s and 1980s was good, with a homey and warmth of family feeling to it, but strayed more and more from the actual writings of the LIW books as time went on.

This ABC/Disney version of "Little House On The Prairie" is much more closer to the actual books than any of the previous TV shows of the past. However, this 6 hours mini-series was not all completely accurate, and some of the camera shots could have filmed been better. But all in all, it is a very good program and well worth adding to your collection.

The acting by Kyle Chavarria and Danielle Ryan Chuchran was excellent, along with several of the other cast members. No, it is not Michael Landon with his Hollywood looking Charles Ingalls, but alot closer to the real Charles Ingalls as played by Cameron Bancroft in this version. This DVD gives you a more realistic insight as to how the pioneers actually lived back in those times, and the hardships and the family values that are rare to find in modern day time.

Get this DVD, you will enjoy it!!!!"
We didn't like this version
Painting The Clouds | Northeast | 02/05/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"We didn't like this version at all. First of all, the claim to be "closer to the books" is not true. It is also not closer to Laura Ingalls' actual life either. A few examples: the fact that Ma constantly has her hair down and blowing all over the place with her shirt unbuttoned to show cleavage; the fact that Laura is BLONDE (horrors) when the book goes out of its way several times to talk about Laura's brown hair and how she didn't like it; the fact that Carrie is completely absent when, in actuality, she was born in Kansas (she is present in the book, but it was a fact that Laura altered when she wrote the books.) In this film, she is completely written out.

Not to mention the fact that poor Mrs. Scott is portrayed as a psycopathic nut - (poor woman; in the book she nurses them during their malaria!) And what's with Pa fighting a whole pack of wolves barehanded without so much as a scratch with Laura with him? Ma would never have allowed Laura to go on any kind of cattle drive with Pa - Mary is disrespectful and outspoken to Mrs. Scott, etc etc. Laura is way too bold and outspoken -she was actually quite a shy person in real life and mentions several times in the books about being afraid of strangers and afraid to speak to people.

This might have been a cute movie if it were just the story of pioneers, but to actually call it "Laura's" story and pretend that it's closer to the books than Michael Landon's original premiere movie in 1974 is inaccurate.
Simply Breathtaking!
Sascha Fink | Allentown, PA USA | 03/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a true "Little House" fan for my entire life, I always knew that the TV show, while wonderfully entertaining, was never really close to the true story of the Ingalls family adventures as depicted in the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was aprehensive at first when this version took to air. All of my anxiety melted away as I was taken back to my childhood days sitting during the cold winter reading the Little House books. I was, at 33, re-inspired to re-read them all after viewing this mini-series! This was simply a wonderful treat. I will definately encourage my daughters to view this mini-series after they are old enough to read the books. Michael Landon was wonderful, but this Little House, I feel, is closer to the real Laura Ingalls Wilder spirit."