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A completely fabricated biography of the famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen featuring several of his stories and a ballet performance of The Little Mermaid.
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16 May 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen (DVD) This film features One Mr. Danny Kaye, Two a fun fantasy story about Hans Christian Andersen, and Three many delightful songs. There is nothing vulgar, or crude, nor is there anything I would be ashamed to show any memeber of my family. The only real drawback to the story is that the ballet sequence where the story of the Little Mermaid is told runs a little long in my opinion. It is mainly a vehicle for the Star Ballerinato show off her skills as a dancer. Danny Kaye is given the chance to display his manh talents, which he does to great effect. This is one of those DVDs you pull off the shelf on nights when the T.V. viewing is poor and you want to enjoy a good film.
Autumn 16 May 2013
This was the movie that caused me to fall in love with Danny Kaye. I stilllove watching this movie more than 20 years after I saw it for the first time ontelevision. I love his gentle nature with the children, in particular the little girl he sings"Thumbalina" to. Fabricated or not, this is one of his best films showing the true diversityof an incredibly talented man. Danny Kaye was surely one of the last of a dying Hollywoodbreed.
13 May 2013
In a time when I find I must wear a disguise that includes facial hair and nerdy eyewear when attending an R rated movie, the innocence of this production is a delight. I saw it when it originally came out many years ago. When I revisited this film, I immediately returned to the security and optimism of childhood. The storyline is not to be taken literally, of course, but then the movie is more about Danny Kaye than Andersen. If you are overcome by unemployment, Congress, Ponzi schemes, the war in the Middle East, and gang activity in your neighborhood, take a look at this and see what the world looked like when we didn't despair every time we read the paper or view the evening news.
13 May 2013
This is a classic for young and old. Buy now, enjoy it for a life time. Share it with any one who loves musicals, comedy, and a moment of joy.
13 May 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen (DVD) This is one of my favorite movies of all time I was thrilled to get it on dvd. Perfect
13 May 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen (DVD) I was thrilled to find this on DVD! I watched this as a child and now my children watch it with me!! My oldest daughter now wants to be a ballerina! I recommend this to children young and old. Who could resist watching such an outstanding actor as Danny Kaye!!!
06 May 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) This review is more for the blu ray release than for the film itself. The movie is superb on many levels.As for the blu ray release, it offers a slight upgrade over the dvd. It's not a crisp HD transfer as some other films offer although you can notice a slight improvement in the colors. The sound is average.There are no extras or "making of" features other than the theatrical trailer. The blu ray case is a short booklet of pictures and brief articles on the film.With that said, the original dvd had been hard to come by for years and so this blu ray is a welcome release. I would recommend purchasing it over the dvd for the slight upgrade in quality but don't expect an amazingly crisp HD picture. It might be worth waiting for it to drop below $20 for a better deal.
06 May 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen (DVD) This is a great feel good movie for young and old alike. It takes you back to a simpler time in our life before all the junk that is TV today
TheLittleSongbird 05 May 2013
This film is fantastic. The problem is hardly anybody has seen it, andanybody who hasn't is seriously missing out. It features Danny Kaye inhis element here, as the fairy-tale author, and a superb score by FrankLoesser. All the songs are moving or humorous, and I recognised all ofthe fairy tales. I was moved by Ugly Duckling, laughing with delight atThumbelina, and swaying in time to the music of Copenhagen, which hasnever looked that beautiful. The supporting stars are solid, mostnotably from Joey Walsh, Farley Granger and Jeanmaire. Speaking of theballet sequences, I disagree that they were plodding. It may have been20 minutes long, but the little mermaid, for me was the highlight ofthe film, and perfectly set to the music of Lizst. Hearing Schubert'sRosamunde was a delight, and when I heard the music to Anderson'sdream(him trying to get Doro away from Nils), I genuinely felt I waswatching a Wagnerian opera, with its devilish imagery and FlyingDutchman -like incidental music. Danny Kaye was fantastic in the songnumbers, and although his voice isn't large, he has phenomenal breathcontrol that is almost as good as that of the opera singer Tito Schipa.Watch this musical, which is perfectly-paced. If you don't see this,you're seriously missing out! 10/10. Bethany Cox
04 May 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen (DVD) this just warms my heart and makes me want to be there to lisson to his stories
29 April 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen [Region 2] (DVD) I have actually bought this movie twice. I loved this as a child so I bought it for my children and now my grandchildren. You'll absolutely love the Danny Kaye signing Thumbelina, The Emperor Has No Clothes, Ugly Ducking and other favorites. I wouldn't miss this movie for the world.
29 April 2013
"Hans Christian Andersen" is an elaborate musical biography of the 19th-century Danish children's writer, as portrayed by Danny Kaye. The film is unusual in the annals of movie musicals. The focus is inconsistent. Some sections clearly appeal to children, with Kaye charming as he interacts with assorted little ones, but because the movie romanticizes the life of Andersen, other sections are geared more to adults, particularly several ballet sequences.The son of a poor cobbler, Andersen failed as an actor and didn't find success until he moved to Copenhagen and won the patronage of the king with his poetry and stories. The Moss Hart screenplay and Kaye's interpretation portray Andersen as a far more agreeable chap than he was. He wasn't a happy man and never married, though he did develop an affection for opera soprano diva Jenny Lind. In the film, Andersen is fascinated not with the singer, but a ballet dancer (Zizi Jeanmaire).Composer-lyricist Frank Loesser had scored a triumph on Broadway two years earlier with "Guys and Dolls," and his songs here are charming. There are several delightful children's songs based on Andersen stories -- "The Ugly Duckling," "The King's New Clothes," and "Thumbelina." There are also a rousing anthem by Andersen as he sets out for Denmark's capital, "Wonderful Copenhagen," the love duet "No Two People," and the soulful ballad "Anywhere I Wander."If you think of this film as a musical fantasy rather than as authentic biography, you will thoroughly enjoy it. Danny Kaye is wonderful as the writer and balances humor with poignance and even lovesickness. It's hard to imagine anyone else in the part. Sadly, younger folks are not familiar with Kaye's movies these days. "Hans Christian Andersen" is a terrific introduction to Kaye. The new Blu-ray edition comes with a 40-page book containing photos, production history, cast biographies, and other behind-the-scenes details.
Spleen 26 April 2013
Every single biopic of a creative artist tells the same story, whether it'strue or not: the Philistine World, or some part thereof, rejects theartist,and fails to see his greatness; but later on, perhaps during his lifetime,perhaps not, it sees the error of its ways. That happens here. HansChristian Andersen is a village cobbler whose compulsive inventiveness islittle thought of until he makes good in Copenhagen, after which...But there's much more going on.There's no doubt that Andersen was a great artist, in some sense. `TheUglyDuckling' and `The Emperor's New Clothes' are two of the greatest shortstories - fables, folktales - all of these - ever composed. But he had hislimitations. There were many kinds of stories he just couldn't write. Hisfertile talent for anthropomorphising was often a millstone. In manyrespects he seems to have been a childish and naive man. But get this: allof these limitations make it onto the screen. Both the story and DannyKaye's performance (a great performance) make Andersen into a human beingwho is NOT the greatest storyteller since Shakespeare, but who can beadmired for what he is.The main story isn't the `unrecognised genius' bit: it's a story ofunrequited love. While in Copenhagen Andersen spends most of his timebanging his head against the wall over an unattainable ballerina, whoseinterest in him is, as they say, purely professional. He manages to bequite cruel to a close friend in the process, right up to the point whereit's unclear that a reconciliation is possible. (Indeed, it's unclearwhether or not one occurs.) When he realises what a fool he's been he justtrudges back, defeated, to his village. And it's here we have theobligatory scene where the villagers realise how great he was after all,mainly by singing the highly memorable refrains of the movie's songs, oneafter the other. Well, the film needed some ending. I'm inclined toforgive this one.There's also a lengthy Little Mermaid ballet - seven minutes long? more? -danced in its entirety. (We see a LOT of the ballerina's craft inCopenhagen.) This sort of thing wasn't too unusual in the 1950s but it's agenuine gamble in context - and one that I think pays off. By the time theballet appears the cheery story of an eccentric village storyteller hadbecome surprisingly dark. Vidor, it seems, would rather risk having peopleleave the cinema than insult those who remain. Good for him. I can'tclaimthat this film works in every respect, and perhaps you won't like it, butI'm sure you won't feel cheated by it.
25 April 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen (DVD) This is one of the oldies but goodies. I enjoyed this movie as a child and I still enjoy it today with my kids.
24 April 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen (DVD) I have enjoyed this movie ever since I was a kid so I had to get it for my grandchildren. They love it too. The movie arrived in great condition and in a timely manner.
24 April 2013
This review is from: Hans Christian Andersen [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) This story is one of my favorites and to have it in Blue Ray was the best. It was absolutely wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone that loves the stories of Hans Christian Anderson.
19 April 2013
I vividly remember watching HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN on television many times as a young child. It made a great impression on me then, and it still impresses me today. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, multiple generations (including a passel of kids from 4 to 14) watched this classic, 1950s, movie musical together. Everyone was enchanted. Older generations shared their happy memories of this story with the younger ones. And I was shocked and delighted to discover that I remembered the words to every song.As stated in the opening frames of this film, HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN is "not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about a spinner of fairy tales." And what a charming fairy tale it is! With outstanding songs by Frank Loesser, a brilliant performance by Danny Kaye, and gorgeous scenery that seems to leap right out of the pages of a fairy tale picture book, HANS CHRISTAN ANDERSEN captures the hearts and souls of old and young alike. The wonderfully familiar and memorable songs get the entire family singing along. I clearly remember the words to "I'm Hans Christian Andersen," "The Ugly Duckling," "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen," "Thumbelina," "Inchworm," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "No Two People (Have Ever Been So In Love)" from my childhood. In fact, I have been singing some of these songs to my kids for as long as I can remember!HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN is a happy multi-generational family film that will give everyone warm fuzzies. This is the perfect time of year for watching HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, but I would be thrilled to watch it anytime. This beautiful, nostalgic musical brings up many happy memories and helps make new ones. HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN is MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
19 April 2013
I was thrilled to find this on DVD! I watched this as a child and now my children watch it with me!! My oldest daughter now wants to be a ballerina! I recommend this to children young and old. Who could resist watching such an outstanding actor as Danny Kaye!!!
Celse 17 April 2013
A movie that I love watching over and over again. The music and the acting were very good.Favorite songs are the Ugly Duckling and No Two People Could Ever be So in Love.A must watch movie for Danny Kaye fans.
17 April 2013
I'm not a big fan of musicals or Danny Kaye films, so "Hans Christian Andersen" had a steep uphill battle to win me over. The whole film is painfully earnest, which can certainly set the stage for a good post-modern mocking. I steeled myself to bear the brunt of a flimsy plot strung with forgettable patter songs that Kaye would burble as he hopped about, twiddling his fingers or something. I was surprised to find that, while the film has it flaws, beneath its surface lay a thoughtful, affecting story. Not only was it engaging, but it had a few things to say about the joys - and pitfalls - of fantasy.Mr. Kaye (of course) plays Hans, a small-town cobbler who spends most of his time flying kites and telling stories to the local children. He does this so much, in fact, the schoolmaster successfully campaigns to have him driven from town. To save his pride, his apprentice Peter (Joseph Walsh) talks Hans into travelling to The Big City - in this case, Copenhagen. Between this exchange, and the travelling song that follows it, the word "Copenhagen" is said about a thousand times, or a least enough for a small-scale drinking game. It isn't long after arriving that Hans and Peter set up shop in their "temporary" home. Unfortunately, it also isn't long before Hans gets thrown into jail through his ignorance of the city's laws. Happily though, one of the gentry pays to have the cobbler freed.Things get more complicated when the benefactor enlists Hans to make new ballet slippers for Doro (dancer Zizi Jeanmaire), the prima donna of the local ballet company. One look at her and Hans is smitten, blinded to everything. Doro's marriage to the company director Niels (Farley Granger) is tempestuous, and Hans misreads this to be a damsel in need of rescue. More fuel is added to the fire when the company adapts "The Little Mermaid" (ostensibly written as a love letter to Doro) as a ballet. Peter tries desperately to warn Hans, but a painful collision with reality is inevitable. Interestingly, it is Hans' very gift at immersing himself so completely into his dreams that gets him in the most trouble. Indeed, his burgeoning career as a writer and his friendship with Peter are almost destroyed by his romantic fantasies. While Hans does go on to storybook immortality, his tall tales seem to be double-edged swords, giving the frothy plot depth and emotion. It's a far cry from the modern take of stories as teachers and healers, innately resolving any conflicts by the final curtain.Many of Mr. Loesser's songs are bright and fun ("Thumbelina" is a highlight, and viewers may remember "Inchworm" from a later episode of "The Muppet Show"), and the art direction, while cluttered at times, is fairy-tale cheerful. Some sequences are overlong (the climactic ballet especially so), and the ending seems rather abrupt (Hans makes the transition back from crushed cobbler back to chipper writer in a single scene), but all in all "Hans Christian Andersen" is a charming musical with some intriguing ideas.