Here’s news of a new live-action Hansel and Gretel movie, but put aside your memories of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and try to start fresh. Because this isn’t just another studio ride on the public domain fairy tale gravy train. The new film is based on Neil Gaiman‘s upcoming Hansel and Gretel (A Toon Graphic), which will be released this fall. Read More »
Way back in 2007, in the early days of /Film, Peter wrote about one of Tim Burton‘s most obscure works. The piece in question was Hansel and Gretel, a half-hour version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, produced as one of Burton’s collaborations with Disney. This was before Frankenweenie turned everything sour, and well before Burton became a star director.
Shot in 1982 and aired once on the then-new Disney Channel on Halloween night in 1983, the short quickly disappeared. While it eventually surfaced in art exhibits at institutions such as the the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hansel and Gretel has remained relatively un-seen.
Now Burton’s odd early short is online. Watch below. Read More »