Heidi (television) A Disney Channel Premiere Film; first aired on July 18, 1993. The story of a young orphan who struggles to win her stern grandfather’s love, and who then must struggle to stay with him in their beloved mountains. Stars Jason Robards (grandfather), Noley Thornton (Heidi), Jane Seymour (Fraulein Rottenmeier), Patricia Neal (grandmother), Lexi Randall (Klara). Filmed on location near Salzberg and in the Austrian Alps. 193 min. Directed by Michael Rhodes.