This year we chose the loose theme of entertainment and media, and (for me, at least) it started turning into a list of obscure or favorite shows, movies, et cetera, usually from the 1980s. Lynn and I are children of the 80s, so we’re big fans. Some of my posts are more like “where are they now” type things. Enjoy!
I don’t usually rely on Wikipedia as a source, but I did some research and found out that this was originally a novel by Cécile Aubry that was made into a live action TV show in several countries and later a cartoon. Nickelodeon picked it up in 1984 (I was 8 years old). I don’t know much about anime, but I mistakenly thought that it didn’t come along until much later.
What was it that drew me to this show? First, I loved the dog named Belle. She was so smart and protective of the little boy. [Ohmigosh, I just looked it up on YouTube, and one of the recent comments said exactly what I was thinking: “All I remember was thinking the bread they ate looked good, and wishing I could ride a dog.” LOVE it!!] They lived a simple, happy life in a small cabin in the Pyrenees.
The bond between the boy and his dog was so strong. They were separated for a few episodes and let me tell you, it was quite a tearjerker when they were reunited! I also loved the fact that they traveled throughout Europe looking for Sebastian’s mother. Even though it was only a cartoon, the scenery was beautiful to me. I think it’s what made me want to travel and see the whole world. Good or bad, TV does have the power to provide an escape from real life.
(Image Credit: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/kiyone/belleseb.jpg)