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The Brave Tin Soldier (1934)

A musical rendition of the Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tale where a brave tin soldier with only one leg and a toy ballerina find happiness.

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A musical rendition of the Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tale where a brave tin soldier with only one leg and a toy ballerina find happiness.

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7 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Touching Cartoon With A Superb Ending
20 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a lot more of a dramatic cartoon than it was a comedy. Usually, that kind of thing makes it disappointing to me because I expect to laugh here and there during a cartoon. However, this was so well done and actually "touching" that I was very impressed when it was over.

The story begins with a little toy solider being tossed into a waste basket after its maker accidentally breaks one of the toy's legs. Later, when the toys come to life in the shop (as they tend to do in many cartoons), the poor tin soldier is ridiculed by his peers over his disability.

I don't want to say too much to ruin the story, because it's an "original," not what you'd expect if you don't know this fable. I thought the ending was just superb! Along the way, the cartoonists playfully make fun of some celebrities of the day such as Laurel & Hardy, Eddie Cantor and Harpo and Groucho Marx.


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