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Hansel and Gretel (1982 film)

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Tim Burton


First episode date
October 31, 1983

Julie Hickson



Running time
45 minutes

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Michael Yama
(Stepmother / Witch),
Jim Ishida
David Koenigsberg
(Gingerbread Man),
Vincent Price

Release date
October 31, 1983

Julie Hickson, Rick Heinrichs

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Two children lost in the woods become captives of an evil witch (Joan Collins) who finds children delectable.


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Hansel and Gretel is a TV special that was made in 1983 for Disney directed by Tim Burton. It only aired once on October 31, 1983 at 10:30pm. The only other times it was shown was as part of the Tim Burton retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Tim Burton LExposition at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris as part of a traveling exhibit.

Contrary to popular belief, this film contains no animation. Tim Burton's "Hansel and Gretel" is a live action film short featuring Japanese actors and striking set designs reminiscent of his later work in films such as "Beetlejuice" and "Edward Scissorhands". While this film was created during Tim Burton's employment at Disney Feature Animation, his stop-motion work began with the short film "Vincent" and continues today with the recent "Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride". His 2D animation work while with Disney included "The Fox and the Hound" and "The Black Cauldron".


The story features an all-Asian cast as the eponymous characters: a poor toymaker, his son and daughter (Hansel and Gretel), and his wicked new wife. The evil, greedy stepmother, who overtly despises her stepchildren, leads them out into the woods, which is a labyrinth from which the children are unable to find their way out on their own. Here, she abandons them. They do manage to find their way back home, only to be led by their stepmother back into the woods a few days later. She distracts them with one of their fathers toys and runs off. The children, no longer trusting of their stepmother, left a trail of rocks. The toy duck they were dragging had, unbeknownst to them, been eating the rock trail they left along the way. Once again they find themselves deserted in the woods, with no direction home. So the children have no choice but to sleep in the woods, and in the morning, the toy transforms into a robot and leads them to a giant house made of gingerbread and candy. A hook-nosed witch who lives there lures them inside with the promise of sweets. The Witch brings out an enormous cake which turns out to be only a decoration. The furniture and even the walls of the house are the real candy, which the children happily and greedily enjoy. Then when Hansel and Gretel lie in the two beds the witch prepared for them, they are immediately kidnapped by the beds, which have come to life. Hansel is forced to eat a creepy gingerbread man who insists that he eat him. Before the Witch can shove Hansel into her oven (as she has been planning on eating the children all along), a kung fu style battle ensues between her and the children. The Witch is defeated and the children escape the house, which completely melts. The toy reappears and leads them back home to their happy father. The stepmother was force to leave home by their father. It also begins to spout gold coins, providing them with the wealth they have needed.


  • Jim Ishida — father
  • Michael Yama — stepmother/wicked witch
  • Andy Lee — Hansel
  • Alison Hong — Gretel
  • David Koenigsberg — gingerbread man
  • Vincent Price — host
  • Production

    Filmed for $116,000 on 16mm, this live-action short film featured a cast of Asian amateur actors, kung fu fights (despite kung fu being Chinese) and Japanese toys, as Burton was obsessed with Japanese culture at the time of production. The films design style and color schemes paid homage to the Godzilla movies and is said to be heavy on special effects, making use of front projection, forced perspective and even some stop-motion animation. Most reputable sources claim the film runs a full 45 minutes, but other fan reviews have a listed runtime anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, though the full run time is 34 minutes and 17 seconds.


    A New York Times article states that this was screened at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) as part of a Tim Burton special exhibition which ran from November 22, 2009 to April 26, 2010. It was part of a traveling exhibit, and the last time it was shown was in Paris, where the exhibition ended in August 2012.

    In June 2014, a copy of the short appeared in its entirety online.


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