June 27, 2005

Anne of Green Gables Miniature Diorama

Blind Box containing a Little Anime Series World Masterpiece Theater miniature diorama featuring Anne of Green Gables, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother, Rascal the Raccoon, A Dog of Flanders, or The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

My boyfriend gave me a blind box, which he spotted while traveling in Seattle. It's from the "Little Anime Series World Masterpiece Theater" collection. Each box contains a miniature diorama from one of five World Masterpiece Theater anime series produced by Nippon Animation. One of the anime series included is Anne of Green Gables (Akage no An). Knowing that I love Anne of Green Gables, my boyfriend bought a box for me and hoped for the best. Lucky for me, my box contained the Anne of Green Gables scene.

This blind box collection was manufactured by MegaHouse in 2003. The five World Masterpiece Theater series included in the collection are: Anne of Green Gables (1979), 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother (1976), Rascal the Raccoon (1977), A Dog of Flanders (1975), and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1980). The scenes for the five series are depicted on the sides of the blind box and on the insert inside the box (pictured below):

The five World Masterpiece Theater series included in the collection are: Anne of Green Gables (1979), 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother (1976), Rascal the Raccoon (1977), A Dog of Flanders (1975), and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1980).

Insert showing the five World Masterpiece Theater series collections.

Inside the red box was a pink case that looked like a tiny book:

Little Anime Series World Masterpiece Theater inner case

A brown plastic box, designed to look like wood, slides out of the pink case:

Plastic box containing the Little Anime Series World Masterpiece Theater diorama

Opening the box reveals the eight items shown below: the Green Gables kitchen, Matthew's couch and shoes, the Green Gables kitchen table, a bowl, a pair of birds, and three characters: Matthew Cuthbert, Marilla Cuthbert, and Anne Shirley:

Items contained in the Anne of Green Gables miniature diorama

Here's a closer view of Matthew Cuthbert (who's asleep), Marilla Cuthbert, and Anne Shirley (carrying a layered cake):

Closer view of the Matthew Cuthbert, Marilla Cuthbert, and Anne Shirley characters in the Anne of Green Gables miniature diorama

Here are a few views of the Anne of Green Gables diorama with Matthew asleep on his couch, Marilla bustling about the kitchen, and Anne carrying a lovely layered cake (that hopefully is flavored with vanilla instead of liniment):

Miniature Little Anime Series World Masterpiece Theater diorama scene showing Matthew Cuthbert, Marilla Cuthbert, and Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables

Miniature Little Anime Series World Masterpiece Theater diorama scene showing Matthew Cuthbert, Marilla Cuthbert, and Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables

Here's a close-up view of the Green Gables diorama:

Miniature Little Anime Series World Masterpiece Theater diorama scene showing Matthew Cuthbert, Marilla Cuthbert, and Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables

Created June 27, 2005. Re-posted online with new photos and content January 20, 2024.

June 23, 2005

Anne & Gilbert: The Musical (2005)

Anne & Gilbert, The Musical, photo of Marla McLean as Anne Shirley and Peter Deiwick as Gilbert Blythe

Anne & Gilbert: The Musical (2005) is a musical based on stories from the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. The first act of the musical is based on Anne of Avonlea, and the second act is based on Anne of the Island. The story was adapted for the stage by Jeff Hochhauser, Nancy White, and Bob Johnston.

I was fortunate to watch the musical in 2006 at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside. It's a wonderful production, and the songs are charming. A CD featuring some of the songs and a book based on the Anne & Gilbert musical are available online.

Purchase the Anne & Gilbert cast recording CD to listen to the music and check out the script and lyrics book:


Anne & Gilbert: The Musical Cast Recording CD Anne & Gilbert: The Musical Script and Lyrics Book


Created June 23, 2005. Re-posted online March 28, 2021. Last updated March 28, 2021.