Princess Sarah is one of the childhood cartoons of many French people. Repeatedly broadcast, its well-drawn characters have a special place in the hearts of viewers, but who really remembers the end of the series?
“Princess, princess, you are very pretty, you come to the aid of all your friends” announced the French credits of this anime whose heroine resists the worst tests that life has in store for her. Realized by Fumio Kurokawait is adapted from the novel The little Princess of Frances Hodgson Burnettpublished in 1888.
Princess Sarah recounts the difficult childhood of Sarah Crewe. Raised in a very wealthy environment, her father had to leave London on business and leave her in Miss Mangin’s boarding house. When her father dies, the little girl loses her benefits and begins to be treated badly. Fortunately, her kindness and her legendary courage will not make her give in.
But while many fans of the series have seen episodes in disjointed fashion, few have made it through all 46 episodes or seen them in order. So here’s what happens in the last of them, titled Bye Sarah:
We are on the eve of Christmas. The young girls prepare the decoration while Miss Gertrude Mangin is depressed by the recent departure of Sarah, who has become a rich heiress and now lives with a certain Mr. Crisford.
Crisford returned from India where he was in business with Sarah’s father in the operation of one of the largest gemstone mines in the country. He has decided to find her in order to give her his inheritance and also wants her to inherit his shares, because he happens to be childless (see episode 43, Checkmate Miss Mangin).
Suddenly, the doorbell rings at the boarding school (“college” in VF). Sarah Crewe arrives with two lawyers. Miss Mangin fears that she wants to buy her establishment. But the little girl offers her something quite different: she wants to donate 100,000 pounds to the college, in exchange for which she asks Becky to go with her and become her maid.
At the same time, Sarah, even if she no longer lives there, will continue her studies at Miss Mangin’s college. Everyone is satisfied with this good news except Lavigna, of course, the plague that made Sarah see all the colors during her stay. However, Lavigna takes a step towards Sarah and shakes her hand, in a symbolic gesture of peace. She will later declare that she is leaving for the United States with the aim perhaps of “marrying the President”.
Sarah offers a beautiful cake to her friends, then finds her horse Jump and her parrot Bonaparte. She meets Peter the chimney sweep, then Anne, the little street girl she had met in the first episode, and who now works for the baker who had helped Sarah (again, in the first episode). Thanks to an obol donated by Sarah, the bakery will feed the street children.
Once all this is done, Sarah must leave for India in order to settle the formalities of the will and to pray at the tomb of her parents. She will be away for three months and takes Becky with her. After a last goodbye to her boarding school friends, she leaves London with a heavy heart.
Few French children have escaped Princess Sarah since the series aired on March 1, 1987 on La Cinq, then on TF1 in Le Club Dorothée in 1994 and on France 3 in Les Minikeums in 1996. A year later, it is on Mangas that it was broadcast as well as on France 5 at the beginning of 2000. It is currently available on Netflix.