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PostSubject: End credits with Laura   Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:03 pm

When I was a child watching the show I always thought it funny that Laura was pretending to be an airplane as she was running down the hill. Only later did I realize that she wasn't a prescient future-seer but just a kid pretending to be a bird.
Anyone else think that or is this just more confirmation that I'm a loon?


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:22 pm

No, other people thought that too. I think Melissa Gilbert actually addressed that at some point because enough people mentioned it. I honestly didn't give it any thought. See how observant I am. LOL!


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:08 pm

Wasn't there a story that Michael Landon, or someone, sat down with Melissa after filming that opening sequence and asked her exactly WHAT she was trying to imitate? And when she said a bird, they decided to keep the opening as it was.
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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:28 am

Oh, maybe. I really don't remember, I just know that it's come up before.


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:48 am

I believe they wanted to reshoot because they thought Melissa was imitating an airplane. Michael asked her if she was a bird or an airplane, and she said bird since she wanted to be done because there were a lot of bees around.


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:57 am

Oh that's right! I remember Melissa saying something about bees.
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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:06 pm

silent-partner wrote:
When I was a child watching the show I always thought it funny that Laura was pretending to be an airplane as she was running down the hill. Only later did I realize that she wasn't a prescient future-seer but just a kid pretending to be a bird.
Anyone else think that or is this just more confirmation that I'm a loon?


You're not alone...I definitely thought "airplane" when she did that and not "bird". LOL!


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:29 pm

I never thought of that she was trying to be a Air Plane i heard on Melissa Gilbert Say Something about it on her Interview but before that i never thought of it


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:27 pm

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I never thought of that she was trying to be a Air Plane i heard on Melissa Gilbert Say Something about it on her Interview but before that i never thought of it

I'm glad it's not just me then. We can be unobservant together, Jacob.


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:10 pm

It would have helped if she would have flapped here "wings" a little Laughing


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:16 pm

I guess I never thought about it either. I just thought she was running down the hill being goofy. I didn't think airplane or bird.


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:18 pm

bethandmanly wrote:
JW wrote:
I never thought of that she was trying to be a Air Plane i heard on Melissa Gilbert Say Something about it on her Interview but before that i never thought of it

I'm glad it's not just me then. We can be unobservant together, Jacob.

I didn't think that she was trying to be anything. I just thought that she was running downhill with her arms stretched out. So I guess I join the "Not Observant Club", too.

I remember her saying something about there being bees all over the place when they were filming that, though.....And right after they filmed it, Michael asked her if she had been pretending to be a bird or a plane when she was doing that, because one of the set assistants pointed out that it looked like she was pretending to be a plane. He told her that if she was being a plane, they'd have to re-film it, because planes weren't around when Laura was little....and Melissa said that she thought about those bees and, "I told him I was a bird". So who knows.
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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:10 pm

Savannah wrote:
bethandmanly wrote:
JW wrote:
I never thought of that she was trying to be a Air Plane i heard on Melissa Gilbert Say Something about it on her Interview but before that i never thought of it

I'm glad it's not just me then. We can be unobservant together, Jacob.

I didn't think that she was trying to be anything. I just thought that she was running downhill with her arms stretched out. So I guess I join the "Not Observant Club", too.

Add me to the list!!!!




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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:15 am

When I was a kid, I just thought she was being silly and clowning around and didn't really think of her trying to be either a bird or an airplane. But I do remember reading here or elsewhere what others have already mentioned. Another thing I remember reading somewhere is that they had to reshoot it several times because Melissa kept running too fast and running past the camera. I also seem to remember reading somewhere that the leap at the end was a kind of celebration, like, "Yeah! I finally did it right!" I guess running down that hill was more difficult than it looked. I guess that's evident from watching the opening credits with Carrie falling flat on her face. I believe it was Sidney Greenbush who took the tumble, BTW.


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PostSubject: Re: End credits with Laura   Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:54 am

Just joined this board (rejoined the group after a long absence) so coming in late, but you are not alone. As a kid I made the selfsame remark and was surprised they had used the footage, until my mom pointed out that "birds have always been around." Mom can be pretty sharp sometimes. Melissa/Laura was obviously imitating a soaring/gliding bird more than a flapping one, and there are plenty such to be seen on the prairie. Bliss
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