Costumes are handed down from older sister to younger, to underline both the family's poverty and the connections between sisters. Jo's red plaid dress worn to the ball where she meets Laurie is worn the following Christmas by Beth when she comes down the stairs after being ill; Jo and Beth are close to each other, as Meg and Amy are close to each other. Meg's blue striped dress that she doesn't end up wearing to Sally Moffat's debut ball is worn years later by Amy in the scene where she announces she's going to Europe with Aunt March.
At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to two persons, one of whom is Polly Klaas, the 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her Petaluma, California, home in 1993 and later found murdered. Winona Ryder, much of whose youth was spent in Petaluma, joined in the highly publicized search effort and made a number of emotional appeals for the child's safe return.
Jo and Friedrich talk about the concept of transcendentalism, which Jo says her parents are staunch believers in. Bronson Alcott is both the father of transcendentalism and Louisa May Alcott, the writer of the Little Women novel.
The set designer patterned the interiors after the layout of Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott's family home in Concord, Massachusetts. This is the house she lived in while writing the book, and she imagined its events taking place there.
At the holiday party where the camera pans down through several floors, the space of the staircase where the camera flows down through is only a matter of inches, roughly 8" - 12" by 24", and is filmed in a castle in the suburbs of Victoria, B.C. in Canada