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Hansel and Gretel (1954)

An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music.

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John Paul

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Adelheid Wette (libretto by), Padraic Colum (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anna Russell ... Rosina Rubylips - the Witch (voice)
Mildred Dunnock ... Mother (voice)
Frank Rogier Frank Rogier ... Father (voice)
Delbert Anderson Delbert Anderson ... Sandman (voice)
Helen Boatwright Helen Boatwright ... Dew Fairy (voice) (as Helen Boatright)
Apollo Boys' Choir Apollo Boys' Choir ... Angels / Children
Constance Brigham Constance Brigham ... Hansel / Gretel (voice)
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With brilliant imagination and technical wizardry, this 1954 feature film used stop-action animation, and hand-sculpted dolls and sets to create a fantasy land of unearthly beauty. Set to Engelbert Humperdinck's classic 1892 opera, sung by some of the most acclaimed performers of the 1950's, this recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. This may be the definative production of one of the greatest fairy tales ever told, and it is now on DVD. Written by VIEW Video

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The miracle that happens only once to the very young...at heart! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Michael Myerberg See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The likeness of comedic opera diva Anna Russell was used for The Witch. See more »

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Version of Hansel and Gretel (1923) See more »

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Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conducted by Franz Allers
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Admirable attempt
23 December 2000 | by BrianGSee all my reviews

This is a stop-motion animation film of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, done, apparently, somewhere in Europe--the Austrian Apollo Boys Choir does the background vocals, so the film could have been made there or in nearby Hungary or Czechoslovakia, both of which were producing well-done animation films--but passed off as an American film, which it is not. Considering the time it was made and the conditions existing in Europe during that period, it is an admirable attempt indeed. The stop-motion, while not up to the standards of Ray Harryhausen, who was doing similar work at the time, is still well-done, and great care was obviously taken in the dubbing and scoring of the film. The background music is at times a bit overpowering, and there are spots where the dialogue is drowned out by it, but there are some imaginative touches throughout and and some visually beautiful moments. Children who are used to today's high-tech computer animation may not be impressed technically, but the film overall should appeal to them. Recommended.


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