my brain nonstop since seeing falsettos:
Released in 1968 by Toei Animation, The World of Hans Christian Andersen tells a fictionalized version of the life of 19th century Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, famous for writing fairy tales like ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Little Match Girl’. The film was released in the United States in 1971.
“Young Hans’ father is the least wealthy shoemaker in town, though he’s good at his work. Hans has a good imagination; it helps that his town is a little on the fantastic side, with talking mice and cats, and the mysterious stranger, Uncle Oley, who comes by to have his shoes repaired and pays with a piece of red leather. The leather is well timed, since there’s a contest to make red shoes for the princess to wear to the opera, and Hans’ father couldn’t afford the red leather. Oley tells Hans that his jobs include polishing the stars weekly and acting as the sand man.
The poor flower-seller next door to Hans is evicted––her granddaughter, Elisa, is a good friend of Hans. He later sees her selling matches to pay for her grandmother’s medicine and uses the money he earned for an opera ticket to buy all her matches instead.
At the opera, the red shoes make the princess (the Mayor’s daughter) dance uncontrollably out the door and onto the rooftops. The audience panics and runs after her. When they return, Hans is telling a boy the story of the little match girl; he doesn’t notice them assemble, but they are enthralled by his storytelling skills, and the Governor, who came to town for the opera, takes Hans to Copenhagen for his education.