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Hansel and Gretel (1954)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Music | 24 December 1954 (USA)
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 ...
Father (voice)
Delbert Anderson ...
Sandman (voice)
Helen Boatwright ...
Dew Fairy (voice) (as Helen Boatright)
Apollo Boys' Choir ...
Angels / Children
Constance Brigham ...
Hansel / Gretel (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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See the fabulous "Kinemins" ...life-like little people so truly real, they laugh, they sing, they walk, they dance... they almost breathe! See more »


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Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy  »

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The likeness of comedic opera diva Anna Russell was used for The Witch. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Molly: Molly Gets a Hat (2010) See more »

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Mybergh's Masterpiece
16 July 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This was the first full-length stop-motion feature made in the United States. In spite of other comments posted here Mybergh's "Hansel and Gretel" was filmed entirely in New York City.

The film was done sequentially and as funding for the production dried up and the release date drew nearer the animators were forced to speed things up. The animation becomes quite hurried and sloppy near the end and if you look closely you will notice that both the angels from the Dream Pantomime and the Revived Gingerbread Children are only multiple castings of both Hansel and Gretel redressed. There simply was no time to do original sculptures for these characters.

This was to be the first in a series of full-length stop motion features by Mybergh's production team, but despite it doing exceptional business in Germany it failed to ignite at the box office in the United States. According to members of the Mybergh Estate most of the original elements are still intact and we can only hope that someone will take it upon themselves to do a proper restoration of this amazing film to replace the shoddy, amateur DVD edition that is currently available. Anna Russell's vocal performance as Rosina Rubylips is one that is unlikely to ever be equaled and Evalds Dajevskis' set designs definitive.


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