The Little Matchgirl (2006 film)
|The Little Matchgirl|
|Directed by||Roger Allers|
|Produced by||Don Hahn
|Screenplay by||Roger Allers
Kevin L. Harkey
|Based on||The Little Match Girl
by Hans Christian Andersen
|Edited by||Jessica Ambinder Rojas|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Pictures|
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.
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.
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."
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.
- Shedding Light on the Little Matchgirl traces the path director Roger Allers and the Disney Studio took in adapting the Hans Christian Andersen story to animation.
- Director Roger Allers on The Little Matchgirl Animated News & Views interview
- The Little Match Girl at The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts
- The Little Matchgirl at the Internet Movie Database
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