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Padraic Colum (adapted for the screen by)
Adelheid Wette (original play)
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Release Date:
24 December 1954 (USA) See more »
An opera fantasy See more »
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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  (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)
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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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72 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:S | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Stop-action animation.See more »
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Admirable attempt, 23 December 2000
Author: BrianG from California

This is a stop-motion animation film of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, done, apparently, somewhere in Europe--the Austrian Apollo Boys Choir does the background vocals, so the film could have been made there or in nearby Hungary or Czechoslovakia, both of which were producing well-done animation films--but passed off as an American film, which it is not. Considering the time it was made and the conditions existing in Europe during that period, it is an admirable attempt indeed. The stop-motion, while not up to the standards of Ray Harryhausen, who was doing similar work at the time, is still well-done, and great care was obviously taken in the dubbing and scoring of the film. The background music is at times a bit overpowering, and there are spots where the dialogue is drowned out by it, but there are some imaginative touches throughout and and some visually beautiful moments. Children who are used to today's high-tech computer animation may not be impressed technically, but the film overall should appeal to them. Recommended.

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