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Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy, The Landmark Stop Motion Animation Feature Film Adaptation Of German Composer Engelbert Humperdinck's Opera, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Technicolor, 1954, 1 Hour 13 Minutes.) #HanselAndGretelAnOperaFantasy #HanselAndGretel #MichaelMyerberg #EngelbertHumperdinck #Opera #ClassicalMusic #OrchestralMusic #StopAction #StopActionMovies #StopActionFilms #AnimatedFilms #Animation #Movies #Film #MotioniPictures #Cinema #Hollywood #AmericanCinema #CinemaOfTheUS #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Padraic Colum (Screenplay Adaptation), Adelheid Wette (Play), Engelbert Humperdinck (Opera)
Sky Highchief, Joe Horstman, Inez Hortstman, Kermit Love, Hobart Rosen, Don Sahlin, Teddy Shepard
Franz Allers (Conductor)
Anna Russell ... Rosina Rubylips, the Witch (voice)
Mildred Dunnock ... Mother (voice)
Frank Rogier ... Father (voice)
Constance Brigham ... Hansel / Gretel (voice)
Helen Boatwright ... Dew Fairy (voice) (as Helen Boatright)
Delbert Anderson ... Sandman (voice)
Hansel And Gretel is a 1954 stop motion animated theatrical feature film released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film is based on Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hansel und Gretel, and incorporates music and songs from the opera. It was the first American feature-length animated film not made by Disney since 1941's Mr. Bug Goes to Town and the first American feature-length animated film not made with traditional animation. It was released on October 10, 1954 in New York City without a distributor. Producer Michael Myerberg released the film himself. Based on the positive reviews and box office performance, RKO Radio Pictures acquired the film for wide release for the Christmas season. The film was sold to television four years after it was released, where it became a Christmas season tradition on several affiliate stations. In 1959, at the second annual Grammy Awards, conductor Franz Allers was nominated for the soundtrack in the category of "Best Recording for Children". In 1952, Evalds Dajevskis began working for Myerberg Productions' to conceptualize the look of the film and design the miniature sets. Dajevskis built the sets out of thick paper mache, appliqued paper cutouts, and painted backings. The Witch's Gingerbread House, the Hall of the Angels, and Hansel and Gretel's home were all constructed with trap doors underneath. Since the sets were so large, there was no way to get in and animate the figures except from below. The film was shot in Myerberg's Second Avenue Studios (located at 216 East 2nd St., between Avenue B and Avenue C) in Manhattan, New York City. The puppets used in the film were called "kinemins". The bodies of the kinemins were sculpted in clay by James Summers and cast in foam latex by George Butler. Summers also did the paint job and their "makeup. The puppets were one-third life-size and cost 2,500 USD apiece to build. The Witch was re-named Rosina Rubylips. This is different from the original opera, where the witch tells Hansel that her name is Rosine Leckermaul (translated as Rosina Tastymuzzle). The mother and father figures were sculpted to resemble Mildred Dunnock (Death of a Salesman) and Frank Rogier, who supplied their voices. After production, the Hansel & Gretel sets were cut up, carted away, and eventually sold to an amusement park where they were poorly reconstructed in a tent for display. In 1955, vandals looted Myerberg's East Second Street studio and destroyed the remaining kinemins. In 1965, screenwriter Padraic Colum sold his copy of the screenplay (along with his notebooks, manuscripts, galley proofs, and letters) to the Binghamton University Libraries. Within the collection, the screenplay is identified as: Box 18, Folder 10: Play Manuscript 21 and is available for research viewing. In 1971, producer Michael Myerberg placed "The Michael Myerberg Papers, 1940-1971" with University of Wisconsin-Madison Library. "Hansel and Gretel" is among the productions documented through correspondence, contracts, financial records, promotional materials, reviews, and scripts. RKO heavily promoted the film in time for the 1954 Christmas season. There was 10M USD worth of tie-ins, including candy, clothing, figurines and toys.