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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hans & Gretel

I just stumbled upon this old, let's say ANCIENT, animated video with silhouettes 
made by Lotte Reiniger.

It's about 10 minutes long and slightly differs from the original version by the brothers Grimm...

Let me tell you why ; this animated little video was made in 1955, 
not so long after WWII and on top of that the producers were Germans (that explains a lot aye)
The original plot of burning that nasty witch-woman in an oven wasn't probably very ...err... smart, 
so they slightly altered it into a more "acceptable" children's story.
Instead of turning into a fiery pile of  flesh and bones,
she just - and I quote - broke into tiny pieces after Gretel breaks her magic stick....

  Eat this you filthy 21st century special effects!