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Director:
Writers:
Padraic Colum (adapted for the screen by)
Adelheid Wette (original play)
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Release Date:
24 December 1954 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
An opera fantasy See more »
Plot:
An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Anna Russell ... Rosina Rubylips, the Witch (voice)

Mildred Dunnock ... Mother (voice)
Frank Rogier ... Father (voice)
Constance Brigham ... Hansel / Gretel (voice)
Helen Boatwright ... Dew Fairy (voice) (as Helen Boatright)
Delbert Anderson ... Sandman (voice)

Directed by
John Paul 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Padraic Colum  adapted for the screen by
Adelheid Wette  original play

Produced by
Michael Myerberg .... producer
 
Non-Original Music by
Engelbert Humperdinck (from opera "Hansel und Gretel")
 
Cinematography by
Martin Munkacsi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James F. Barclay 
 
Set Decoration by
Evalds Dajevskis 
 
Costume Design by
Ida Vendicktow 
 
Art Department
James Summers .... puppet sculptor
 
Animation Department
Sky Highchief .... animator
Joe Horstman .... animator
Inez Hortstman .... animator
Kermit Love .... animator
Hobart Rosen .... animator
Don Sahlin .... animator
Teddy Shepard .... animator
 
Music Department
Franz Allers .... conductor
 
Other crew
Michael Myerberg .... presenter
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
72 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Martin Munkasci, the director of photography, was a well-known fashion still photographer.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Hänsel und Gretel (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Children's PrayerSee more »

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Hansel and Gretel: Made in the United States, 16 April 2005
Author: MovieResearch from United States

Despite its European, "old world" look, Hansel and Gretel was made in New York City. Indeed the comments to the contrary are a tribute to the filmmakers' success in evoking a genuine fairy tale style. Nonetheless, the film was shot using conventional stop-motion puppets (notwithstanding the producer's claims to using some sort of mysterious "electronic" method) in the main room of an abandoned courthouse which is still standing at the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street in New York City. The large set was built in the main chamber on the second floor (now the largest of several theaters in what is currently (2005) the Anthology Film Archives).

Apparently electromagnets were used to hold the stop-motion puppets in place during some sequences, but normal procedures were used for the rest. This and some hype that lured in backers may account for the mistaken report that they are electronic puppets. They were solid, armature puppets and not clay (or "claymation") dolls.

The set survived the production and actually toured county fairs as a fairy tale exhibit for many years after the completion of the film.

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