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Alternate Title: Hansel And Gretel: An Opera Fantasy

Hansel And Gretel (Hansel And Gretel: An Opera Fantasy) (1954) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Hansel And Gretel

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  • RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
  • Animated Characters: Hansel, Gretel, The Witch, Mother, Father, Dew Fairy, Sandman, Rosina Rubylips.
  • Awards: Award of Excellence, Film Advisory Board.
    Finalist, New England Film and Video Festival.
    Finalist, NAIRD Award.
    Dove Foundation Family Approved Seal.
    Kids First! Endorsement, Coalition For Quality Children's Video
  • Originally Released in 1954.
  • Running Time: 72 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Alternate Titles:

Alternate Title: "Hansel And Gretel: An Opera Fantasy."

Cartoon Production Information:

Stop-action animation.

The production used 35 hand-sculpted dolls. The "kinemin" characters, which took over 15 years to develop, were compounded of intricate armatures, a secret chemical mixture for "flesh," and human hair. The "kinemins" were billed as "lifelike little people so truly real, they laugh, they sing, they walk, they dance... they almost breathe!"

The likeness of comedic opera diva Anna Russell was used for The Witch.

Many famous puppeteers worked on this movie, including Don Sahlin, Kermit Love, Sky Highchief, Jim Gamble and Teddy Shepard.

Release date is that of New York City premiere; general release was December 24, 1954.

Songs include "Children's Prayer," Music by Engelbert Humperdinck, English Lyrics by Padraic Colum, Sung by Constance Brigham (as both Hansel and Gretel).

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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