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The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Told by Jeremy Irons with Music by Mark Isham

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Hans Christian Andersen's story of the tin soldier and the hardships he endures for the love of a ballerina has enchanted children over the years. This elegant telling of the poignant classic will charm young and old alike. When you sit down to enjoy this wonderful tale, and are transported back to your own childhood, you'll understand why it has endured for so long. Ages 4 and up. Beautifully illustrated by David Jorgensen. American Library Association (ALA) – Notable Recording; Child Magazine – 10 Best Videos of the Year; American Film & Video Festival – Blue Ribbon.

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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Mark Isham
  • Directors: Mark Sottnick
  • Writers: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Producers: Mark Sottnick, Chris Campbell
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Rabbit Ears Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009D4GNHS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Purcell on August 28, 2013
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I have had a copy of this for nearly 20 years, originally on video but the tape has worn out, i have now purchased the dvd, the music by Mark Isham is lovely and the storey told by Jeremy Irons is great. This is not a cartoon but a picture book brought to life. It is a love storey between a one legged soldier and his ballerina. FANTASTIC if your an old romantic. 10/10.
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By John McConnell on June 18, 2015
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Some of the Rabbit Ears productions were hit or miss, but this was a bull's eye.

Fairy tales usually have happy endings. The value of these stories to children has been pretty thoroughly documented by psychiatrists such as Bruno Bettelheim, who, in his The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales categorically states familiarity with fairy tales is immensely important for children's development - for through fairy tales children acquire hope and psychological resilience; see the weak and powerless upheld by hidden hands; learn the practical value of compassion and fairness; and acquire faith they can thrive and succeed against seemingly overwhelming odds. Similarly, the therapeutic value of fairy tales, stories, and poetry has been remarked upon often - for example, shell-shocked First World War soldiers being read The Faerie Queene: Complete in Five Volumes: Book One; Book Two; Books Three and Four; Book Five; Book Six and the Mutabilitie Cantos and coming out of their daze and returning to some measure of health and wholeness.

Why does any of this matter and why is it relevant? Because Hans Anderson's The Steadfast Tin Soldier is one of the very few fairy tales, as I recall, with an unhappy ending.

Which is precisely the value of this particular re-telling of the tale. As in Being There, a minute yet harmonious liberty taken with the "script" results in something so resplendent.
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I saw this short animated film many years ago on cable tv and it hooked me with its simplicity and romance. Such an endearing tale of love really touches the heart and soul.
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Great story .. very similar to the works and books by Cameron Robert Ireland available NOW on Amazon.com .. you'll love them too!
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By Brasspiano on April 28, 2013
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I teach Fantasia 2000 and 1940 to music appreciation classes. Sometimes there are too many student to gather around the book as I read it to them. This helps with the larger classes because the art work and the story are the same as the book I have, and everyone and see and hear it.
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