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Once Upon a Time (1973)
"Maria d'Oro und Bello Blue" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Ursula Heyer ...
Mary-Lou (voice)
Martin Hirthe ...
Der König (voice)
Tilly Lauenstein ...
Stiefmutter Pulle (voice)
Arnold Marquis ...
Herr Pulle (voice)
Uwe Paulsen ...
Der Prinz (voice)
Jochen Schröder ...
Erzähler (voice)
Hans Schwarz Jr. ...
Schüttel Dich Baum (voice)
Wolfgang Spier ...
Meister Pfriem (voice)
Eva-Maria Werth ...
Maria (voice)
Harry Wüstenhagen ...
Notar (voice)


ONCE UPON A TIME is an enchanting animated tale about a beautiful girl named Maria and her little blue dog... See full synopsis »

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12 December 1973 (West Germany)  »

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Maria, maria, you and only you.
12 April 2003 | by (Malmö, Sweden (at work)) – See all my reviews

I still get the chills only from singing that line from the song. This is an old cartoon from 1976, kind of a cinderella tale. Maria, her farther, mr Bottle and their dog Bello Blue live in a small quiet town in wealth. One day a fake fortune teller and her horrible daughter arrives to town trying to earn some money by "reading peoples fortune" by looking at their hands. The old lady (more of a hag) reacts when seeing the shiny new coin Maria's father gives her. She forces herself on him and marries him. The hag and her daughter Mary-Lou are both awful, they treat Maria lika a slave and spends all of mr Bottles money. One day however Mary-Lou is taking a swim the a lake in a forrest nearby and she has brought Maria with her as personal assistance. While Maria is crying after been hit by Mary-Lou a prince approaches and he totally falls for this beautiful girl. He says to Maria that's he's just a poor hunter and sings this song for her and gives her a garnet stone necklace. Mary-Lou comes along and scares him off. The prince announces that he wants to get married and that the girl with the garnet stone necklace is the one. Mary-Lou takes notice of Marias necklace and throws it into a well. They both fall into the well and enters a new world. In this world the girls are put to a few tests cause they both claim that the necklace belongs to each and one of them. Maria passes all the tests as the good human beeing she is. Gets the prince and the story ends happily as these stories should. Wonderful movie, I have it on VHS not the greatest quality but it doesn't matter to me, I love it.

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