This is our favorite movie. A bit slow compared to today's attention span, but great if you have a child down with an illness our something. It is great discussion topic for how movies with sets and designs and artistic abilities use to make the movies versus computer graphics. Both are great assets to producing great movies. Also, this movie is filled with the messages of bullying(the school master demanding the town to choose), expressing yourself and finding a way to fit with Hans, finding solutions to problems, solving misunderstandings, sacrificing for others(Peter is suffers a lot to protect Hans), and fortitude(Peter is Hans apprentice versus the option of being an orphan).
Danny Kaye is top notch, with so many wonderful songs and a background orchestra to delightfully set moods during the charming storytelling. I bought the movie via Amazon Video in HD and the quality is blurry and otherwise very poor at points, worse than the DVD I bought almost twenty years ago.
I loved it as a child! I bought it to share with my grand kids. They LOVE His stories. There are some movies that are timeless. They never grow old. My Grandkids know more of his stories than I did as a child. I rank Hans Christian Andersen with Dr. Suess they both have a remarkable genius for telling a great story that teaches a lesson. I plan to give each family their own movie and their own volume of Hans Christian Andersen's collected stories. Not everything needs to be new or high tech, sometimes traditional is too good to pass up.
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