Hansel and Gretel

Synopsis: Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked into a delicious gingerbread treat.
Director(s): Len Talan
Production: Cannon Home Video
84 min

Hansel. Gretel.

Get up, you lazy bones.

I'll not call you again.

Hansel. Hansel, wake up.

I was having such a beautiful dream.

What did you dream?

We lived in a beautiful castle, you and I.

And we each had our own little pony to ride.

What else?

We didn't have to do any chores.

None at all.

We were a prince and a princess, you see,

and nobody could tell us what to do.



I like that dream.

Hansel. Gretel.

We're coming, Mother.

But I'm still hungry.

This is for your lunch.

We don't need lunch later.

We need breakfast now.

Don't be so cheeky, young lady.

Besides, too much breakfast

is bad for the blood.

That was just fine, Maria.

Wasn't it, children?



It was fine for a single mouse.

Not for a man and his family.

Go ready the cart for our journey today.

Yes, Father.

Stephan, they haven't finished the chores

I gave them.

They can do the chores tomorrow.

I promised to take them with me.

Tomorrow, tomorrow.

Everything is always put off.

Will we have enough to eat

on our table tomorrow?

Stephan, what's going to become of us?

The four of us are going to starve.

You might as well start

planing the boards for our coffins.

Don't worry.

I'm sure that I can sell all the wood

that we can carry.

Have faith. God will not forsake us.

Now, be a good girl.

Hansel, don't lose your hat.

Stephan, don't let the baker cheat you.

Impossible. Duncan, come on.

-Bye-bye, Mother.




-Ask us another one, Father.

-Yes, another riddle.

All right, let me see. Yes, I've got one.

What has arms and legs

but hasn't got a head?

-Is it a fly?


I know, I know. It's a turtle.

-Silly, a turtle has a head.

-So does a fly, Hansel.

Tell us, Father.

What has arms, legs, but hasn't got a head?

A chair.

You think that was a hard one, Father?

I'll stump you with a riddle.

What two things

can you never have for breakfast?

Lunch and dinner.

Come on, ducks. Out of the way.

-There you are.

-Thank you.

Pure mackerel.

That'll do.


Hey, woodcutter.

Thank you, blacksmith.

Thank you.

Father, look. The blacksmith gave me

these strange stones.

-What are they?

-These are flints.

If you strike them together,

they make sparks to start a fire.

They're a good gift.

Keep them with you always,

and you'll never be cold.

Children, I told you to sit quietly

while I finish my business here.

This is the last bundle, sir.

Taste and touch nothing

or your father will pay for your curiosity.

And the same goes for you.

Sir, the wood basket's full.

I'm putting these by the oven.

Here's your money, woodcutter.

Sir, this is not what we agreed upon.

I don't have to deal with you at all.

I could easily cut my own wood for my oven.

I haven't the time, so you reap the benefits.

Sir, the last time I brought you wood...

you paid me too little,

and you promised to pay me fairly this time.

I think you're mistaken, woodcutter.

I don't remember any such thing.

Little girl.

And for you...

some delicious cookie crumbs.

What do you say, Gretel?

Thank you, Master baker, sir.

You're very welcome, child.

Come along, children.

Red and yellow ribbons.

Come see and come buy.

A ribbon in the hair

always lights up the eye.

My, what beautiful hair this child has.

How pretty her hair would look

with a ribbon or two in it.

This one's nice...

but perhaps a blue satin ribbon

to tie up her hair?

No, thank you.

Children, why don't you go along

and watch the Punch and Judy show?

Fish. Fresh fish.

Get your fish here.

Come on. Fish here.

Hello, children,

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