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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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Charming Children's Film See more (12 total) »

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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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The stop-motion puppets were called "kinemins" by producer Michael Myerberg, who claimed they were controlled electronically. But in truth 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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Henjel gwa Geuretel (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Children's PrayerSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Charming Children's Film, 21 December 2004
Author: syllavus from Massachusetts, USA

When I was growing up, we had a battered old VHS copy of this film that someone had had the presence of mind to tape off of the television one day. Even though I was born over twenty years after this film was created, it still captured my imagination and I remember watching it many times over with my older sisters.

This film is a retelling of the classic story of Hansel and Gretel, with a few whimsical additions and a musical score. The stop-motion animation used to create this film, is both primitive and charming at the same time. Although nowadays much smoother looking animation can be created on the computer, the claymation creatures in this film do not suffer in comparison, any more than claymation classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The wonderful thing about this little film is the atmosphere created by the animated visuals, and by the lovely soundtrack. It's enchanting and creepy at the same time, which was an irresistible combination when I was a child. The cheerful parts are fun and engaging, while the more sinister scenes with the witch are wonderfully unsettling. Although it's been years since I've seen this film, to this very day I still remember the songs word for word and can recite from the script.

I think any child fond of fairy tales, or fantasy stories would enjoy seeing this little film. If you happen to see it on the television, or find it for sale somewhere, don't pass it up!

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