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Hans Brinker, Or The Silver Skates

4.6 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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There's magic in the memories as great Disney moments are captured right here for you and your family to enjoy. Disney brings to life this classic story based on Mary Mapes Dodge's beloved children's novel. Set in 1860's Holland along the famed Zeider Zee -- young Hans Brinker finds himself responsible for supporting his family after his father becomes injured in an accident. He and his sister Gretel travel to Amsterdam in search of funds to help pay for their father's operation. Their only hope lies in the city's annual ice skating race, where Hans must face off against his arch rival Ludwig Schimmel in the hopes of winning the prize money. Don't miss the heart-pounding race to the finish in this tale of courage and a family's determination to survive that will have everyone cheering!

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  • Actors: Rony Zeaner, Carin Rossby, Gunilla Jelf, Erik Strandmark, Inga Landgre
  • Directors: Norman Foster
  • Writers: Norman Foster, Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • 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: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55X8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hans Brinker, Or The Silver Skates" on IMDb

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This movie was filmed for the Disney anthology TV series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World Of Color" (also known as "The Wonderful World Of Color") and was shown in two parts on January 7 & 14, 1962. The film was released theatrically outside the United States in 1964. I consider this film among Disney's best live-action films of its time.

The film is based on Mary Mapes Dodge's classic 1865 book of the same title. It is a shame that the book and film are both unknown by most people, because both are very special.

The story has everything I want in a film - characters I can admire and care about, who overcome numerous hardships and earn their happy ending.

The scenery is beautiful - filmed in the Zuider Zee area of Holland near the scenic communities of Comperduin and Volendam, as well as at Rembrandt's home in Amsterdam. The winter scenes for the skating races were filmed in Sweden.

The basic plot is of a brother and sister trying to win a skating race for money for their father's operation. He needs an operation due to brain damage from a head injury. The family is also desperately poor, because only the father knows where their savings are hidden - and he cannot remember. The story is full of adventure, hardship, mystery, and the love of a family for each other.

I first remember this film from seeing it on the Disney Channel in the mid 1980s. I have enjoyed watching the film numerous times over the years and am thrilled to finally have a chance to buy it on DVD.
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By joyce on February 9, 2005
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This was a wonderful uplifting family movie and was understood even by my 5 year old grandchild. It held all of our attention thoughout the movie.
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I'm not quite sure how this movie would do with young people today. I saw it once nearly 30 years ago and I loved it and felt the need to buy it just to see it again when it was released on DVD. I found myself remembering certain parts of it and images in an uncanny sort of way.

The story is a bit simplistic, but the scenery is interesting and there is a surreal little dream sequence which is great, though not brilliant. Overall, I got out of it what I wanted and would gladly share this movie with other young people...though I'm not sure how much of their attention it would hold in this modern age...?
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BEHIND THE SCENES & TRIVIA: Shot on location in Amsterdam, and the towns of Camperduin and Volendam. The ice skating races on the frozen lake and river were shot in Sweden according to the Disney film book by Harry Tytle. Harry was the European Disney Representative overseeing film project s for many years. Like many of the films made in Europe under Walt Disney's guidance, this film was made with local actors and crew with the exception of a few administrative special positions. The art director, cameramen, wardrobe, sound, lights, and set construction was all provided by local talent. The very capable acting was all local talent as well. The film was directed by Norman Foster and he also acted as the local associate producer, (Walt's name always appeared as producer), and had previously directed some of the episodes of Davy Crockett, Zorro, and Elfego Baca shows for Disney. He also makes an appearance in the October 27, 1954 show The Disneyland Story". Mr. Foster also wrote the screenplay for this film based upon the classic book of the same name by Mary Maples Dodge. A co-director from the region worked with Foster on the set. The music was by one of the long-time Disney Studio staff composers, Oliver Wallace who won an Academy Award ® for his work on Dumbo, as well as working on scores for Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Lady and the Tramp. The artwork that Hans sketches throughout the film was created by an artist hired for the film, Joshua Meador.

The film was made for the television show "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" as a two episode movie airing January 7 & 14, 1962. It aired three years later on April 18 & 25, 1965. The episodes were edited together for European theatrical release as a movie in 1963.
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I simply love this Movie I saw this as a child, it seemed it only showed for a few years after that and then just went away to the film locker. But I kept it in my memory and decided to see if I could find it. My kids would find it boring and OLD but to those of us Oldies who remember it and loved it it is a Wonderful memory filled movie to watch.
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I notice a few reviewers think that younger people would be bored by this movie. I just watched it with my eleven year old and he liked a lot. He said at first that it looked dull but then sat down and got sucked into it, especially the racing scenes. The acting is good and the story moves along.

I only give it four stars though, because it is only about 50% like the book that I enjoyed so much as a child. The book was really good--I don't know why they didn't stick to it.
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Uplifting film that teaches the importance of family and hard work. Beautiful scenery.
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When it comes to films that are appropriate for viewing by the whole family based on standards of decency and age appropriateness, the selection is very limited. However, this film stands head and shoulders above the crowd. The plot is available elsewhere, so I won't get into that. But the virtues expressed in this film of sacrificial love, diligence, respect for elders, and more are clear and heartwarming.

It is so refreshing to find a movie without profanity and immoral relationships. This one is a superb example of family film making at its finest. A true treat for the whole family!
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