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The Brave Tin Soldier (1934)

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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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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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Correction of the song title
19 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Author: Gblakelii from United States posted a review in which it is noted the song "March of the Toys" from Victor Herbert's "Babes in Toyland" is heard in the soundtrack. Unfortunately this is not correct. The song heard here is called "March of the Little Tin Soldiers". The title makes it fit better with this cartoon.

These two songs are often confused with each other. The March of the Little Tin Soldiers has become a major feature of the Radio City Music Hall group "The Rockettes" every Christmas so it has become closely associated with marching toy soldiers.

It would have been quite amazing if the Iwerks cartoon DID contain March of the Wooden Soldiers as 1934 was the year the Hal Roach/MGM Laurel & Hardy film "Babes in Toyland" aka "March of the Wooden Soldiers" hit theater screens.

In another curious parallel, 65 years after the Iwerks version of the The Brave Tin Soldier Disney's Fantasia 2000 contains a version of the same story.

But to turn attention back to the Iwerks cartoon - this one is a classic in it's own right. The story departs from Hans Christian Anderson's original in a few spots but the way in which the essence of this tale is condensed into just over 7 minutes of screen time is masterful storytelling. This cartoon deserves much more acclaim.

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