Hansel and Gretel 1954 Family Opera Fantasy


With technical wizardry, this feature of Hansel and Gretel used stop-action animation, and hand-sculpted dolls and sets to create a fantasy land of beauty.


Hansel and Gretel 1954 Family Opera Fantasy Animation

Stars: Anna Russell, Mildred Dunnock, Frank Rogier

About Hansel and Gretel (1954). With brilliant imagination and technical wizardry, this 1954 feature film used stop-action animation, and hand-sculpted dolls and sets to create a fantasy land of unearthly beauty.

This opera tells it like it is, but with some gentility. Missing children fall into terrible situations accurately portrayed by the witch Rubylips.

The film Hansel and Gretel was uniquely done. While the picture cannot compare to today’s HD, it’s quite view-able. Fascinating, actually. The sound is excellent.

Did you know? The film is based on Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel und Gretel and incorporates music and songs from the opera. This film shares two “firsts” for America.

  1. It was the first animated feature-length American film not made by Disney since Hoppity Goes to Town.
  2. It was the first American feature-length animated film not made with traditional animation.

Nominated for a Grammy Award, the recording may be the definitive production of one of the greatest fairy tales ever told.

Product Information

  • Director: John Paul
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Production Co.: RKO
  • Run time: 72 minutes
  • Color: Color (Technicolor)
  • Sound: Mono

Sample Video From Hansel and Gretel


Did you know?

RKO heavily promoted the film in time for the 1954 Christmas season. There was $10 million worth of tie-ins, including candy, clothing, figurines and toys.

This movie arrives on a professional grade DVD-R disc placed in a slim jewel case. The cover art is exactly as shown in the image.

For a real classic fantasy film, consider the 1933 version of Alice in Wonderland. Another fun comedy-fantasy is Babes in Toyland, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

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Additional information

Weight 3 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in






Sub Genres

Family, Opera, Fantasy, Adventure

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