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Director  Kimio Yabuki
Country  Japan
6/10 IMDb

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Language  Japanese
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Release date  March 19, 1968 (1968-03-19)

The World of Hans Christian Andersen (アンデルセン物語, Andersen Monogatari) is a 1968 Japanese animated family fantasy film from Toei Doga, based on the works of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. It was released in Japan on March 19, 1968. The film was licensed in North America by United Artists in 1971.

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Synopsis

A young Hans Christian Andersen, while seeking an opera ticket, suddenly discovers the inspirations and talents he will later have for his fairy tales.

Release

The World of Hans Christian Andersen was released by Toei on March 19, 1968, three years prior to a thematically similar series produced by Zuiyo/Nippon Animation. The film was dubbed for U.S. audiences by Hal Roach, who hired Chuck McCann and Al Kilgore to assist him; this was one of his last efforts before his studio closed down. In February 1971, United Artists announced its partnership with Hal Roach Studios to distribute this edit, which opened in theaters on March 1.

Cast

  • Chuck McCann as Uncle Oley
  • Ruth Bailew as Grandmother
  • Sidney Filson as Karen
  • Hetty Galen (speaking voice) / Billie Mae Richards (singing voice; uncredited) as Hans
  • Earl Hammond as Ducks / Theater Manager
  • Jim MacGeorge as Kaspar Kat / Governor / Han's Father
  • Corinne Orr as Elisa / Kitty Kat / Little Boy / Match Girl / Mice
  • Frances Russell as Mice
  • Lionel G. Wilson as Hannibal Mouse / Mayor / Watchdog
  • Jim Yoham as Mice
  • Thea White (uncredited) as Han's Mother
  • Reception

    In his Family Guide to Movies on Video, Henry Herx wrote that "the animation is colorful and creative, though stylistically comparable to Saturday morning TV shows. It provides a wonderful world of fantasy to absorb the small fry at a matinee." The writers of Jerry Beck's Animated Movie Guide gave it three stars out of four; as contributor Fred Patten commented, the film "is pleasant children's fare; a stereotypical and clichéd 'fun for the whole family' animated feature."

    References

    The World of Hans Christian Andersen Wikipedia
    The World of Hans Christian Andersen IMDb


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