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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair!
krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas
24 November 2006
This is one of four fairy tales master animator Ray Harryhausen made
between 1949 and 1953 by hand, using stop-motion photography perfected
as an apprentice under mentor Willis H. O'Brien of "King Kong" fame.
The other three were "The Story of 'Little Red Riding Hood,'" "The
Story of 'Hansel and Gretel,'" and "The Story of King Midas."
Harryhausen originally intended them for educational use in public
schools. All four are nothing short of magic, giving life to
traditional children stories, transferring them successfully to a new
Rapunzel is amazing to watch even by today's high tech standards. How
Harryhausen could depict human emotion and changing facial expressions
by his technique is astounding. Equally hypnotizing is the colorful
background settings for the story, the tower in the wood and the later
desert landscape which resembles John Ford's Monument Valley scenery.
Del Moore's narration does justice to Charlotte Knight's retelling of
the famous fairy tale. This plus Harryhausen's production, direction,
and creative input, makes "The Story of 'Rapunzel'"a film short for
children of all ages to enjoy again and again.
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