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 ...
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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
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Nicola Stapleton, who played Gretel, was actually 12-years-old at the time of filming, two years older than Hugh Pollard, who as Hansel was playing her older brother. There was a lot of playful competition between the two young stars over such things as who could remember their lines better. See more »
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 »
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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