Fairy Tale

A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances. Director: Georges Méliès Writers: Georges Méliès (adaptation), Charles Perrault (fairy tale) Stars: Georges Méliès, Jeanne d'Alcy and Bleuette Bernon Lord Bluebeard is looking for a woman to become his eighth wife, as his first seven wives have all passed away. Many noble families bring their daughters to meet him, but none of the young women want to marry him. Bluebeard's great wealth, however, persuades one father to give his daughter's hand to him.

This is the Ub Iwerks animated version of the famous fairy tale.

This puppet-animation is from 1948 and created by the Dutch puppet-animation factory "Dollywood", raised by Joop Geesink. It is in techni-color with a soundtrack. The story is a fairy tale about a kingdom and a young prince which is cursed by a witch and gets a beard. Nobody can cut this beard and all men in the kingdom should have a beard. Then, when the child-prince is about 18 years old they find a solution in a Philips Philishave. Very funny fairy tale and marvelous puppet-animation.

A 1935 animated cartoon by Ub Iwerks

Cinderella, 1922. Tha Laugh O Gram Studios. Don't think international conglomerates with banks of computers making highly sophisticated and realistic animation. Instead, think of a couple of cartoonists, in this case, in Kansas City who get together and start to draw simple animations of fairy stories. The drawings are simple and fluid and really a lot of fun. These cartoons needed almost a thousand laboriously drawn pictures for each minute of film. The cartoonists were Ub Iderks and Walt Disney. Iwerks went on to form his own studio and make hundreds of cartoons.

THE BRAVE TIN SOLDIER very closely follows the original story by the Brothers Grimm. A one-legged tin soldier is cruelly mocked by other toys because of his deformity. The soldier falls in love with a toy ballerina who is desired by the toy king. The king exercises his military power to get the girl for himself. The tale ends tragically, with a surprisingly graphic execution by firing squad. This is probably too violent and weird for little kids. The cartoon itself is very nicely animated, perhaps even moreso than the other Ub Iwerks fairy tales.

Little Boy Blue and Scarecrow sing and dance, Little Bo Peep and her sheep join in. Black Sheep cries "wolf", which causes problems when a real wolf shows up. Animation by U. B. Iwerks.

A 1936 color cartoon by Ub Iwerks

Stars Van Johnson, Claude Rains, Jim Backus Tagline: "Now! a giant color spectacle! from the pages of the immortal classics comes this famous story" Information regarding this film on its IMDb page. More information on Wikipedia .

Abbott and Costello's version of Jack and Beanstalk

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