According to the popular lore, the animated series of "Little Women" was the first successful cartoon project to be broadcast in color television. The selection of Elizabeth Lowrey as the lead actress was instrumental in establishing the primacy of female roles in the mid-1940s. Lowrey played Rosalind Russell, a second-generation spinster who is searching for her rightful place in the society and clan of a London family. The role required Lowrey to portray an admirable person and woman in the midst of loneliness and apparent isolation.
The animated series is the first in a line of classic children's films to find its way onto TV screens. It is also the first one to be directed by a woman. The second to follow was "The Wizard of Oz". In addition, the Golden Plates commission granted to "The Wizard of Oz" was headed by Margaret Armstrong, the wife of the then prime minister, Harold Macmillan. In recent years, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" have become the highest grossing film of all time.
The original show was renamed to "Ladies of the Road" in a bid to improve its popularity among the growing American audience. It continued to air until 1961, and was succeeded by a different series that maintained the same name. Though the series was widely successful in its time, it is now much missed.
After the success of the "Ladies of the Road" series, a new series "The Innocent Lady", was launched. The idea behind this attempt was to find another new role for actress Faith Mitchell to play in the animated series. Though it never made it to a second season, Mitchell went on to star in a number of series, as well as in more than 20 movies of her own.
Though it is not a current show, "Little Women: The Animated Series" is still very much alive in the hearts of its viewers. The aim of the program is to preserve and re-enact the original storylines from the book. Based on the three volumes of the series, this film is an expansion of the first and follows the events of the second volume onwards.
The people behind this feature aren't skimping on the quality. They have consulted well-known playwrights and filmmakers for the script. The visual effects and sound effects are also top-notch. And if that isn't enough, the actors and actresses have been given extra effort to give the series an authentic feel.
The "Mary Poppins" movie does quite well in the box office, but the series has always remained a hit with the children and the adults who love to watch it. Its simplicity in concept has always appealed to young and old alike.
The "Little Women" animated series has managed to attract a loyal fan base across the world, and is likely to continue to do so in the coming years. The purpose of the series is not only to entertain the kids, but also to reach out to a more mature group of viewers, through the great storylines and the genuine characters.