The Little Matchgirl (2006 film)

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The Little Matchgirl
Poster of the movie The Little Matchgirl.jpg
Directed by Roger Allers
Produced by Don Hahn
Baker Bloodworth
Screenplay by Roger Allers
Kevin L. Harkey
Ed Gombert
Mark Walton
Ralph Zondag
Based on The Little Match Girl 
by Hans Christian Andersen
Edited by Jessica Ambinder Rojas
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release dates
  • September 7, 2006 (2006-09-07)
Running time 7 min
Country United States

The Little Matchgirl is a 2006 animated short film directed by Roger Allers and produced by Don Hahn. It is based on an original story by Hans Christian Andersen entitled The Little Girl with the Matches or The Little Match Girl, published in 1845.

Differences[edit]

The story's popularity far exceeded Andersen's original intention, which was to call immediate attention to the plight of Europe's suffering children. The differences between the Disney version and the original Andersen text are slight, such as the change of geographical location from the author's native Denmark to Russia. The storytelling also places a reduced emphasis in the beginning of the film to the Little Match Girl's cruel and overbearing father and the death of her grandmother.

Production[edit]

Allers and Hahn previously were involved in classic Disney animated films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. This short, which was originally intended for the scrapped Fantasia 2006, also represents Disney's final use of CAPS in animation.

The film made its debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France on 5 June 2006, and was released as an extra on The Little Mermaid Platinum Edition DVD. It was re-released on The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray on 2013.

The original, 1926 black and white silent version of the movie was "The Match Girl" from early cinematographer Jean Renoir. A copy was donated to the Museum of Modern Art in New York from the film collection of artist Joseph Cornell. It was screened in May, 1963 with Cornell's permission and Susanna De Maria's organization at her event, "Movies at 9 Great Jones Street."

Score[edit]

The film is set to the third movement of Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 in D Major by Alexander Borodin. For the filmmakers, the production was not about politics, but was treated as a visual style piece set to music, told entirely without sound or dialogue.

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