The World of Hans Christian Andersen(1975)
Hans Christian Andersen wants to go to the opera with his
parents..but he gives away his monies to a poor little girl
and her grandmother.
When the pair are about to be evicted by the cruel,greedy
and arrogant lord mayor of Odense,Denmark.
Hans' father..a struggling showmaker tries to earn the monies
by making a superb pair of red shoes(With material given to him
by a kindly and ellegant stranger known as "Uncle Oley")for a shoe
Mr.Andersen loses the contest..when the mayor choses another pair
of shoes over that of the poor cobbler's.
The mayor does manipulate Mr.Andersen into giving him the
shoes for his spoiled and abusive daughter.
Mr.Andersen tries to warn the mayor not to take the shoes
..for if they're exposed to music..then they'll dance non stop.
His honor ignores the cobbler's warning and takes the
Hans and his talking cat pal"Casper"try to work at various odd
jobs to earn the monies for the opera.
But..they lose up their jobs and they both get fired.
Unable to attened the opera..the sad pair sits outside of
the opera house and listen to the music enminating from the
During the opera..the mayor's daughter(Who is sporting the
enchanted red shoes)begins to dance and very soon.
She is dancing non stop throughout the opera house and
then..out of the building and she continues to dance out into
As the mayor,the King's representitive and the townspeople
chase after the mayor's daughter.
Hans and "Casper"watch this situation with wonder..the
only other person left sitting in front of the opera house?
is a very sad little boy..who is crying..because he is missing
In order to calm the sad chld..Hans is encouraged by "Uncle
Oley"and "Casper"to tell the little fellow a story.
He tells him of the tale of"The Little Match Girl".
By the time that he finishes his story..the entire town has
heard his tale and they are impressed.
News of this boy's talents as a storyteller are brought to
The King Of Demark..and Hans is granted a scholarship with
The Royal Danish Academy.
Three days later..Hans and The King's representitive leave
for Copenhagen in a coach..where The young boy leaves for his
well earned education and to begin his career as one of the world's
most famous and beloved storytellers.
This film was not a hit with the movie critics..when it was
released in 1975.
Kids liked it and it did very well when it was shown at
The film was written,produced and directed by Chuck McCann
(Who also served as the voice of"Uncle Oley).
Cartoonist Al Kilgore also co-authored the script for the
film and Lionel Wilson did the voice of The mayor.
Jim MacGeorge performed the vocies of Hans' Father
and"Casper"the talking cat.
The film was produced by Toei Animation Studios and
released thru The Hal Roach Studios(The same studios that
created,produced and released "The Little Rascals" and Laurel
& Hardy Film comedies back in the 1920's and 30's)