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Hänsel and Gretel (1955)

| Animation, Short
A silhouette animation based on the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale "Hansel & Gretel".

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A silhouette animation based on the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale "Hansel & Gretel".

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Enchanting Silhouette Animation
4 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Lotte Reiniger's "Hansel and Gretel" as a boy, perhaps 8 yrs old, and remember being really impressed with it. It was like a piece of artwork magically moving. The animation style was unique to me then, and to this day I have still never seen anything quite like it. Black silhouette characters (all painstakingly scissor-cut by creator Reiniger) move against lovely backgrounds reminiscent of the style of the classic fairy-tale illustrator Arthur Rackham. It was thoroughly enchanting.

This was a short film by the creator of the earlier "Adventures of Prince Achmed," which was arguably the first full-length animated film (1929). I have no idea whether "Hansel and Gretel" is available in DVD or VHS, but I'd love to see it again.


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