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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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A wonderful children's movie! 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 »
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Soundtrack:
Children's PrayerSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful children's movie!, 26 April 2004
Author: Jennifer Avenell from Seattle, WA

We had the sound track when I was growing up. My brothers and sisters and I listened to it over and over. I'm well into my forties now, and I can still reel off songs and dialog. My older sister burned CDs of the sound track for us all a few years ago. A wonderful present! I hadn't heard it for decades, and missed it very much. The angel pantomime still gives me goosebumps, it's so very, very beautiful. The witch was played for laughs as much as for being scary. She is delightful. My friend's children always love it when I give them my imitation of her cackle.

I was priviledged to actually see the movie once in a theatre, a children's matinee. How I wouldn't love to have a copy of it. The music and vocalizations are timeless, beautiful, thrilling. I'm sure any child would love this classic as much as I and my siblings did!

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