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Hansel and Gretel (1954)

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An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music.

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Anna Russell ...
Rosina Rubylips, the Witch (voice)
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Mother (voice)
Frank Rogier ...
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Constance Brigham ...
Hansel / Gretel (voice)
Helen Boatwright ...
Dew Fairy (voice) (as Helen Boatright)
Delbert Anderson ...
Sandman (voice)
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With brilliant imagination and technical wizardry, this 1954 feature film used stop-action animation, and hand-sculpted dolls and sets to create a fantasy land of unearthly beauty. Set to Engelbert Humperdinck's classic 1892 opera, sung by some of the most acclaimed performers of the 1950's, this recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. This may be the definative production of one of the greatest fairy tales ever told, and it is now on DVD. Written by VIEW Video

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24 December 1954 (USA)  »

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Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy  »

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Version of Hansel e Gretel (1990) See more »

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Children's Prayer
Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
English Lyrics by Padraic Colum
Sung by Constance Brigham (as both Hansel and Gretel)
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Admirable attempt
23 December 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is a stop-motion animation film of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, done, apparently, somewhere in Europe--the Austrian Apollo Boys Choir does the background vocals, so the film could have been made there or in nearby Hungary or Czechoslovakia, both of which were producing well-done animation films--but passed off as an American film, which it is not. Considering the time it was made and the conditions existing in Europe during that period, it is an admirable attempt indeed. The stop-motion, while not up to the standards of Ray Harryhausen, who was doing similar work at the time, is still well-done, and great care was obviously taken in the dubbing and scoring of the film. The background music is at times a bit overpowering, and there are spots where the dialogue is drowned out by it, but there are some imaginative touches throughout and and some visually beautiful moments. Children who are used to today's high-tech computer animation may not be impressed technically, but the film overall should appeal to them. Recommended.


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