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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)
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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 stop-motion puppets were called "kinemins" by producer Michael Myerberg, who claimed they were controlled electronically. In truth, however, the only thing electronic was the electromagnetic plate that served as the floor of the sets and which kept the stop-motion figures in place. Interviews with Kermit Love and Don Sahlin, published in "Closeup" magazine #2, 1976. See more »

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Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conducted by Franz Allers
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Movie in limbo
30 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Its hard to find this movie. It was an import (from Eastern Europe somewhere) but you'd never know it from the care in dubbing. It's the opera, but trimmed to essentials and clearly aimed at children. I was absolutely enchanted by it as a youngster, less enthralled to see it as an adult. But then TV prints left a lot to be desired. It was a lovely looking movie. The record was available on LP for ages. Pity young people can't get to know this charming stop-motion film.


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