Hans Christian Andersen details
|Starring:||Zizi Jeanmaire, Farley Granger, Danny Kaye|
|Genres:||Drama, Family, Music/Musical|
|Studio:||MGM HOME ENT. (EUROPE) LTD.|
Hans Christian Andersen
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Mar 2005|
|Dubbed:||French, German, Italian, Spanish|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Spanish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
Most helpful review
A Fairytale EndingBy Lesley Foley from England , 10 Jun 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Its smulchy and old fashioned and doesn't contain any super special effects, but it's still got to be one of my favourite films. Even my teenage kids were happy to put down their PCs, PS2s and (in the case of my daughter) boyfriend, to watch this classic. Basic story, good hearted cobbler moves to the big city and falls in love. On the way both he and his assistant have adventures and sing songs. His vivid imagination and ability for story telling (The Ugly Duckling and Little Mermaid included) enables them to get out of any situation they find themselves in and ultimately leads to his return back to his little village a triumphant literary hero, where previously he was considered and expensive nuisance. They don't make them like this anymore. Great, easy watching for a wet Sunday or big family get together such as Xmas.
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A Tale of Two HalvesBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 24 Jan 2013Found it quite a strange film, in that the first half seemed to have been made for children and the second half for adults. The disclaimer at the beginning which tells us that this is not a faithful rendition of Andersen's life, in other words a fairy tale, is just as well, as his career would appear to have been very short otherwise. Danny Kaye is superb, and all the Childrens' Favourites are there for you to sing along to.
great for the family to watch togetherBy kateebabee (1 review) , 22 Oct 2012I watched this when i was 10yrs old, loved it then and love it now i'm 31!! I sing the songs to my children they love it especially 'ugly duckling' & 'thumbelina' Pls put it on instant so we can watch it now :-) x
classic brillianceBy cheesekake (1498 reviews) from uk , 10 Apr 2012a classic film that is timeless.
lots of great classic stuff from kaye, who can tell any story from any film.
defo one for the family
One for very young kidsBy a customer , 16 Jul 2011One for very young children. My daughters aged 8 to 13 laughed most of the way through - some good tunes. Many songs in the film have become standards.
A Film About Innocence and LoveBy VillageVicarage (19 reviews) from England , 27 Sep 2010As parents we commit ourselves to guiding our children all the while fighting valiantly to protect them from the loss of innocence todays media is determined to perform.
In a world of progressive media where even the youngest child is exposed to overt images of sexuality and film scripts that demean their innocence, Hans Christian Anderson is a Nirvana of gentility, splendour, and imagination. If youre a parent whose life is committed to inspiring your childs imagination, HCA could not be any more perfect a film.
The irrepressible Danny Kaye offers a performance thats hard to equal today. I sought out this film when my daughter was first born, determined to make it one of the first films she eve saw. Im so glad I did! At the age of four, she became immersed in the fantasy of the Frank Loesser songs, even to the point of trying to act out with her fingers, the Inchworm song.
But what amazed me most was the lasting impact HCA had upon her. By the age of five she was still singing Ugly Duckling and her fascination for Thumbalina was such that my wife and I decided to take her to Denmark. She was gutted to find HCA to be nothing more than a statue, but rebounded when we entered Tivoli Gardens to see the tribute to Hans. Not only do I encourage you to hire this film, I encourage you to buy it! You wont be disappointed and nor will the child you so love!