MGM musical of the highest order, this is the fictional story
of Hans Christian Andersen, a storytelling cobbler who leaves
his small Dutch village and ends up making shoes for a world
in Copenhagen. Once in the big city he wins the hearts and
minds of children wherever he goes with his famed tales including
Christian Andersen from
1952 is not, as the movie is eager to point out in it's opening
sequence, based on the real history of the famous writer.
This film uses the writer's tales and weaves a fictional story
about a humble cobbler who likes entertaining the local children.
He then moves to Denmark, makes some shoes for a famous ballerina
and becomes famous the world over.
are plenty of memorable songs - many of which you'll already
be well familiar with. These include The Emperor's New
Clothes, Inch Worm (easily the best), I'm Hans Christian
Andersen, Copenhagen, Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid and
The Ugly Duckling.
seems to be going great and the story is plodding along nicely...
until Hans meets a ballerina, and then everything starts to
go downhill rapidly.
bringing ballet to the masses through a popular movie may
be applauded, I doubt many children will manage to sit still
through the overly long ballet sequences. And when I say "overly
long" I mean "painfully, overly long".
release is not in widescreen and is only in stereo (which
I suppose is hardly surprising when you consider how old it
is). There are also no extras, but then at £12.99 you
shouldn't expect any.
the most part this is a fun, family movie. Sadly, due to the
boring ballet scenes, this is never going to be remembered
as fondly as other classics like The Wizard of Oz or
The Sound of Music.
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