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The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (The Red Shoes / The Little Match Girl) (1989)

Ossie Davis , Diana Cherkas , Michael Sporn  |  NR |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ossie Davis, Diana Cherkas, Devon Collins, Meghan Duffy, Hilda Correa
  • Directors: Michael Sporn
  • Writers: Hans Christian Andersen, Maxine Fisher
  • Producers: Michael Sporn, Giuliana Nicodemi, Mary Thorne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCXNQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (The Red Shoes / The Little Match Girl)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making of documentary
  • Art gallery
  • Animatics

Editorial Reviews

THE RED SHOES Set in present day, this classic Andersen tale is about a young African-American girl who learns the value of friendship with help from a pair of magic slippers. Starring the voice of Ossie Davis. Winner of a Parents Choice Award; a Cine Golden Eagle; a Blue Ribbon at the American Film & Video Festival; and a Bronze Apple at the National Education Film & Video Festival. THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL The Hans Christian Andersen classic is given present-day relevance and an upbeat ending in this story of Angela, a homeless child who sells match sticks to survive. Starring the voice of Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham. Winner of a Parents Choice Award; a Silver Apple at the National Educational Film & Video Festival; and a Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. DVD Bonus Features:Making of Documentary • Art Gallery • Animatics • Commentary Tracks by Director Michael Sporn • Michael Sporn Biography. 50 minutes + bonus materials

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for young children March 15, 2010
I must disagree with the other reviewer. Perhaps your students were too old for these videos. My daughter (now 23) loved these little movies so much when she was six to eight years old that she tracked them down on DVD to have as an adult. We had many happy hours watching these together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful flims! June 8, 2013
Let start off by saying i've had a wonderful history with cartoon of the red shoes saw it as a kid when went to my mom's job & fell in love with the movie. The story about two girls jenny & lisa who are best friends who love to dance. The girls are friends with the shoemaker named Alphonse voiced by Ossie Davis.Lisa has brother named jim who's ill she dances a little bit for him then the next day he dies. Then a month later on christmas day her family won the lottery & become rich. After that lisa loses interest with her friend jenny & becomes a spoiled brat only a pair of red shoes worn by a dancer she saw in the ballet of the nutcraker! She finds the shoes at alphonse shop & steals them when he's not looking. Well she puts on the shoes,dances out of her home with flashbacks of her old life flashing before her. Jim's spirt saves her & starts over again back to being friends with jenny.
The little match girl takes place in modren day new york.
To the people who gave the flims bad reviews enough of negative hype already! The red shoes is a very special movie for lot of people growing up. I know most people don't like modern day versions of fairy tales but come on! Have an open mind about before you judge. I'm buying this when i get the chance!
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1.0 out of 5 stars What the heck? March 16, 2010
Whoever wrote that script must have been watching cartoons at the time. It had to have ripped off ten or more different TV shows and music from them. They danced like in Charlie Brown, three spirits visited like in A Christmas Carol, she is dressed like Little Red Riding Hood, and I don't think I need to go any further. It stinks, and that's the end of it. Total waste to time and money!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the original..... March 13, 2010
As I teach fairy tales to middle school students, I thought this version of the Little Match Girl would be useful for the classroom. It is a far cry from the original story. This version has an animal sidekick, talking and dancing trees, and she comes back to life at the end. Then there are the New Jersey accents. My class really and truly thought it was terrible. The music is straight from Charlie Brown's Christmas, the match girl looks like Madeleine, the sidekick dog looks like Arthur the Aardvark. The message about helping the homeless was well taken, but a new story might have worked better than to butcher a classic.
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