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The Pied Piper (1933)

A piper saves a town from rat infestation, but when they refuse to pay him back for his deed, he gets revenge.

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The people of Hamelin, overrun with rats, offer a bag of gold to anyone who can get rid of the rats. A piper offers to do the job, and successfully lures the rats into a mirage of cheese, which disappears. The citizens, disappointed that all he did was play a tune, offer only pocket change. The piper, angered, plays a new tune that has all the children of the city follow him, even the new twins the stork is preparing to deliver. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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In the original story a crippled boy is left behind along with a blind boy and a deaf boy; they are the only three children who do not disappear, and they tell the adults what has happened to the others. Walt Disney clearly realized this, as this version has a boy walking on crutches who almost misses his chance to get into the paradise the Pied Piper has provided for the children. See more »

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"Rats! Rats! We gotta get rid of the rats!"
27 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

With a few new twists on the classic poem, this is an interesting and charming Silly Symphony. What I loved most was the beautiful animation and the sweet, charming music that is playful, whimsical and simple. I found myself chanting along the townspeople in the chorus "Rats!Rats!We Gotta Get Rid of the Rats!" The characters aren't too bad either, the pied Piper of the title is very likable, the children are cute and the Mayor is seen as quite greedy and manipulative.

The pacing is a little uneven here, but compared to how much I enjoyed The Pied Piper it is a minor criticism. Overall, this is very enjoyable and charming with a few new and nice twists on the poem. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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