Anna Hansell


Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy

57 in x of animated feature film history
Release: Oct. 10th, 1954
Country: USA
Director: John Paul, Michael Myerberg

“This 1954 film is based on Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hänsel und Gretel, and contains many musical numbers. It was the first American feature-length animated film not made by Disney since 1941’s Mr. Bug Goes to Town

After being sent out to the forest to harvest strawberries, siblings Hansel and Gretel are enticed by a witch living in a gingerbread house. Their parents soon realize where they’ve gone and venture after them.

Singer/comedian Anna Russell provides the voice of the witch, noted dramatic actress Mildred Dunnock provides the voice of Mother, and several noted opera singers of the time provide the voices of the other characters.

The stop-motion puppets were called ‘kinemins’ by producer Michael Myerberg. They took fifteen years to develop. The filmmakers used a secret chemical for ‘flesh’ and ‘hair’, and the characters had magnetized feet. They were also called ‘exemplary actors,’ and were able to duplicate natural movements, as well as a variety of facial expressions.

The film was sold to television only four years after it was released, where it became a Christmas season tradition on several affiliate stations. The film is considered a cult classic, and has been distributed on VHS many times.


Hansel and Gretel is available on Dailymotion.

Meeting Hansele (frozen drabblefic)

EDIT: No longer a drabble. Fic title is Beware of Open Doors. This section is now chapter 1. Full fic: AO3 link.

Female!Hans AU. An answer to this post.

Anna felt as if she might take off into flight as she ran along the docks. The gates were finally open and everything was going to be magical and amazing. Every step she took felt like a step closer to freedom.

Until Anna ran into the horse.

She released an embarrassing, high-pitched noise at the impact, which knocked her sideways. Arms flailing, she tried to regain her balance as she fell backward into a boat. A bucket fell on her head as her back struck the seat painfully, and she felt the boat begin to tip back into the harbor when a sudden impact steadied it.

“Hey!” Anna gripped the boat and lifted the bucket off her head. The horse she’d hit had slammed its hoof into the boat, she realized, eyes trailing upward. When her gaze reached the rider, she felt her expression soften slightly.

“I’m so sorry,” said the woman seated on the horse. “Are you hurt?”

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Elsa X Hans - Akward Kissing Scene

Beware of Open Doors (Ch. 7)

Female!Hans AU. Inspired by this post. Full fic: AO3 link.

The sunlight obnoxiously insisting its presence through her window had woken Anna at some point in the past… hour? The Crown Princess, heir apparent, of Arendelle did not have a need to depart from her bed, however. So she hadn’t. Instead, she was half-awake and idly trying to decipher how her life had managed to completely change in the course of one night. Wrapping up the party had taken so long that she hadn’t slept much or had a moment for introspection since leaving Elsa’s room. With eyes half-lidded as she gazed at the edge of her windowsill, she wasn’t certain if she was awake enough yet for introspection.

Two knocks on the door. “Princess Anna?” She was at least awake enough to recognize Gerda’s voice.

“Mmmmmn,” Anna groaned. “What is it, Gerda?”

“You have a visitor, ma’am. She insists that she has pre-established plans with you, but there’s nothing on your sched—”

“Anna, it’s me, Hansele. We were going to lunch together, remember?”

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