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The Story of 'Hansel and Gretel' (1951)

A young brother and sister are kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch. Based on the brothers Grimm fairytale. Animated by Ray Harryhausen.

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A young brother and sister are kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch. Based on the brothers Grimm fairytale. Animated by Ray Harryhausen.

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24 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Featured in The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998) See more »

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Harryhausen classic short
15 October 2005 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent Ray Harryhausen claymation short of the classic fairy tale - the animation is superb, even though Gretel looks about 1000 times more manly than the rosy-cheeked Hansel, and it looks like the gingerbread house is made out of actual Mother's brand cookies. But check out the expressions of glee when the case of treasure is found - it's astonishingly expressive, and typical of Harryhausen's ability to create genuine emotional content with just a few dabs of clay. Harryhausen was obviously a master of the art, even in 1951, and this is a great acquisition for any Harryhausen fans. This short is included in the $1 "Terror Attack 2-Pack" with THE SCREAMING SKULL and A BUCKET OF BLOOD - and is worth getting just for the short alone, even with the inclusion of the two classic horror movies.


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