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The Singing Ringing Tree (1957)
"Das singende, klingende Bäumchen" (original title)

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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christel Bodenstein ...
Die hochmütige Prinzessin / Arrogant Princess
Charles Hans Vogt ...
Der greise König / Aged King (as Charles H. Vogt)
Eckart Dux ...
Der schöne Prinz / Handsome Prince
Richard Krüger ...
Der böse Zwerg / Wicked Dwarf
Dorothea Thiesing ...
Amme / Nurse
Günther Polensen ...
Schloßhauptmann / Captain of the Guard
Fredy Barten ...
Minister
Egon Vogel ...
Hauptmann / Zeremonienmeister
Paul Knopf ...
Wächter
Paul Pfingst ...
Bauer
Friedrich Teitge ...
Gärtner
Maria Besendahl ...
Kräuterweib (as Anna-Maria Besendahl)
Jürgen ...
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Norbert ...
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Wolfgang ...
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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 c.winter

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15 December 1957 (East Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El tintineante arbolito cantante  »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Die hochmütige Prinzessin: [speaking to the tree] If I truly love the prince... what about the bear? Dear little tree, tell me where the bear is. Is he a real bear... or is he - the prince?
[looks at the tree]
Die hochmütige Prinzessin: Then he is the prince!
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Hide behind the sofa when the dwarf appears
5 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is as you remember watching it as a child. Lifelike, overtly coloured and full of magical splendor, terrifying nasties and surreal characters. In short, do not shy away from this opportunity to show a "Christmas Special" to your children in favour of the usual fare from Disney and co. Rather, pop a fresh batch of pop corn, get first dibs on the comfy chair and opt for what was arguably one of the highlights of East German children's programming.


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