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Hansel and Gretel (1987)

Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked ... See full summary »

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Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked into a delicious gingerbread treat. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Cloris Leachman hates cigarette smoke and had to wear a lot of prosthetic make-up for her part as the witch. Due to frequent on-set smoking by crew members, the smoke would get into her mask and irritate her. She begged them not to smoke near her, which they begrudgingly tried to remember. See more »

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A gingerbread man is shown on the left side of the screen during the end credits. At the very end, he winks at the audience. See more »

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Oh, What A Day
Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
from opera "Hänsel und Gretel"
Music Adaption by Michael Cohen
Lyrics by Enid Futterman
Performed by David Warner
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As sweet and delightful as Grizelda's confections
13 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Awww Cannon Movie Tales, how I loved them as a kid. So bright, fun, and filled with magic. Filmed simultaneously with the also excellent 'Sleeping Beauty,' this live action adaptation of the famous Grimm Brothers story is a real treat, no pun intended. Unlike a lot of kids programming now, it doesn't patronize or make little to no sense. It's also not too sugary, but also not too dark and violent for your little ones either.

Pros: Good performances from a strong cast. Also some quite good singing, not to mention some catchy songs. Well-paced. An excellent make-up job on Cloris Leachman. A nice adaptation of the original Opera score. Considering how low the budget, the gingerbread house set is pretty impressive. Some memorable goosebump-inducing moments.

Cons: Aside from the witch's house, the low budget really shows in the other sets and also the costumes. An unspectacular directing job by Len Talan.

Final thoughts: I think the Cannon Movie Group deserves a big hand for making such enjoyable adaptations of classic fairy tales. Sure the budgets were low and it shows sometimes, but there's so much to enjoy that you'll probably not care too much.

My rating: 4/5


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