A TV adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale "The Goose Girl" centers on one youth's quest for wealth and power.
|Alexander Hochst||........||Prinz Ivo|
This film a circus boy's frustrated efforts to master the musical instrument.
This short illustrates the wondrous powers of poetry when a young girl is taken captive from the forest by the mythical Jabberwock,a purple dragon, Jabberwock makes the girl bake his favorite chocolate chip cookies and says he will only free her if she can recite poetry that truly moves him. After numerous unsuccessful attempts, the girl recites Lewis Carrolís Jabberwocky. The power of the words creates an imagery that moves Jabberwock to tears, and he sets the girl free.
A double bill of award winning cartoons based on the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales and the works of illustrator Eric Carle.
1. "Tom Thumb" 1978 (9min) The story of a tiny man and his adventures in which he overcomes dangerous obstacles despite his size. His life is recounted from his birth in the heart of a rose to the day when he is made a Knight of the Round Table.
2. "The Fisherman and his Wife" 1977 (10min) A naive, kindly fisherman catches a magic fish that can grant any wish. His greedy wife is never satisfied and asks the fish for more and more. Unfortunately for her, the wife ends up up with far less than she expected.
Cast: Hans Conried and June Foray (voices)
Notes: Available on VHS on "Tom Thumb; Hans in Luck; The Fisherman and His Wife", a Golden book video. 1991
Tillie, the Unhappy Hippopotomus
How the Elephant Got His Trunk
Two animated shorts:
1. "Tillie, the Unhappy Hippopotamus (12min) Tillie becomes unhappy when she overhears a man describe Hippos as ugly. No longer happy being herself, she goes to a magic flower and requests to be changes into a butterfly, a fish, and a bird. Through her experience as these other creatures, Tillie learns that happiness comes from within and from being herself.
2. "How the Elephant Got His Trunk" 1970 (7min) A version of one of Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories" about a young elephant who learns the price and reaps the rewards of curiosity.
An animated film from China concerns a slothful little animal thatís victimized by three baby mice. She learns the hard way that natural talent is not enough to succeed at performing a task well; hard work is a necessary ingredient of success. Happily her hard work pays off and she becomes an excellent mouser.
Based on a Ukrainian folk tale, music and dance are used to tell this story of a rambunctious, immature young goat taught an Easter lesson.
|Karen Daplisea||........||Ivan the Goat|
|Billyann Balay||........||Fox & Mother|
An award-winning version of "Peter and the Wolf", Prokofiev's musical tale about a boy's adventures with the animal kingdom. The boy, Peter, does battle with the wolf who ate his pet duck.
Dance is used to tell the story of a young man seemingly unable to fit into his surroundings, a circus act.
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