"Once Upon a Time" is a mix of the fairy tales Mother Holle and Cinderella. Maria, Bello, and Mr. Bottle are quite happy. However, life changes when a wandering con artist tricks Mr. Bottle...
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"Once Upon a Time" is a mix of the fairy tales Mother Holle and Cinderella. Maria, Bello, and Mr. Bottle are quite happy. However, life changes when a wandering con artist tricks Mr. Bottle into marrying her. Mary has a new stepmother and stepsister, Mary Lou. Meeting a hunter in the woods, Maria falls in love and is given a garnet stone. She awaits being reunited with him. Meanwhile, Mary Lou and her mother hatch a plan to marry the Prince, whom search for a girl with a garnet necklace. The Prince, Mary Lou realizes, was the hunter they had met in the woods and had given Maria the necklace she had tossed down a well. Maria is tricked into retrieving her stone, both girls fall into the well, and they embark on a journey to find Mrs. Holly - the one whom holds the garnet stone and the way home.
You just don't forget a movie like this. The straightforward sweetness of the fairytale grabs you and lures you in, and and the psychedelic fantasy that happens halfway through is, for lack of a better word, magical. It does have a "European" quality (this is a GOOD thing) that give it a bit more authenticity and some added strangeness, but it really is one of those films you wish you could see "for the first time all over again". The animation style isn't really comparable to anything from North America - when it focuses on sweet Maria, it has a Walt Disney quality, but when some of the more droll and comedic characters are on screen it makes you think more of Asterix and Obelix. Sweet, charming, mystical, magical and unforgettable.
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