The most touching episode of 'Timeless Tales from Hallmark'?
TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
7 July 2016
For me, yes it is. There may be some bias though, but Hans Christian
Andersen's original story has always moved me.
As said in my previous 'Timeless Tales from Hallmark' reviews,
'Timeless Tales from Hallmark' is a wonderful show. It adapts
well-loved stories and while not completely faithful it treats them
with respect and tells the stories with plenty of heart and charm
without over-complicating or dumbing them down.
"The Ugly Duckling" is one of my favourite episodes from the show,
mainly because it is so touching and even with some changes it is one
of the closest episodes in structure and spirit to the source material.
The Ugly Duckling is an adorable and poignant protagonist, one of the
most relatable characters of the entire show from personal opinion.
With the animation, it's very beautifully done, there's better around
but also much worse. There's plenty of vibrant colour, the backgrounds
have a great amount of detail and it's smoothly drawn. The music score
is one of 'Timeless Tales from Hallmark's' most whimsical and
understated, with the songs, the best one belonging to the Ugly
Duckling which is a tear-jerker, having great emotional impact.
Scripting has a nice balance of humour without being juvenile and
pathos without being over-sentimentalised, and the story is beautifully
told and easy to follow with a lot of charm and heart and no rushing,
no choppiness, no dragging and no padding. The voice acting is very
nicely done, the Ugly Duckling sounds like Charlie Adler and if it is
for a voice actor who usually does comic roles and over-the-top
villains this is him at his most subtle and heartfelt.
In conclusion, lovely and touching animated version, almost as
heart-wrenching as the 1939 Disney Silly Symphony cartoon. 10/10
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