A brave prince wants to win the heart of a stubborn princess by finding the singing, ringing tree for her. He finally locates it in the magical realm of an evil dwarf who offers him a deal:... See full summary »
A brave prince wants to win the heart of a stubborn princess by finding the singing, ringing tree for her. He finally locates it in the magical realm of an evil dwarf who offers him a deal: he can keep the tree if it starts singing before sundown - which it will only do if the princess truly loves him. Otherwise, he will be turned into a bear. Reminiscent of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. Written by
BBC produced an English voice-over of the film which was first broadcast in three segments in 1964, adding greatly to its international success. Since it was aired in black-and-white, the film obtained an even more eerie atmosphere for viewers in the UK. See more »
This film was bought by BBC Children TV, dubbed in English and serialised in the late 60s which is where I originally saw it. You can buy a restored, German language with English subtitles which I did to see if my memory had played tricks on me - was it as good as I remembered?
I'm glad to say that its even better than I remembered, the stylish production, imaginative sets and performances enthralled me and my two you daughters again (the German language bit didn't seem to bother them at all!). I remembered the story but what passed me by on my B&W TV in the 60s was the imaginative and beautifully shot images.
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