Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Little Match Girl--A Disney/Pixar Film

This weekend is Bede's third annual GoPlay Northwest gaming convention, and while he's come home late at light, Lucia and I are pretty much on our own during the day. School's out, camp hasn't yet begun, so I decided we'd do something we don't normally do: watch movies!

Lucia saw Disney's version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid for the first time on Friday, and we found this short film on the DVD based on Andersen's The Little Match Girl directed by Roger Allers, with music by Alexander Borodin:

You may read more about the film, including an interview with Roger Allers, in an article by Ron Barbagallo called Shedding Light on the Little Matchgirl. I have written permission from the author to link it here.


Lori said...

Yea, movies! I would be such fun to watch someone watch a much-loved movie for the first time. You could program a First-timers Movie Festival for kids: Singin' in the Rain, King Kong, Captains Courageous, Mary Poppins, and more and more and more!

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

We were inspired by you and watched Mulan as a family (all four of us plus dog on the couch) tonight! It's my favorite of the newer Disney movies (all the dressing and undressing!) but...maybe a little scary. And sad. I don't know what Milly would make of Match Girl--she's very sensitive to sadness--but thank you so much for enbedding the video, so I can see it first. I love that story.

Saints and Spinners said...

Lori: I am reminded of when Lucia had Mike Mulligan read to her for the first time. It was a book I liked well enough, but hadn't loved. However, Lucia was smitten by it, and I read the story with new eyes. I like the idea of a First-Timer's Film festival.

Anamaria: I've never seen Mulan, but I've been curious. In that vein, I tried to watch "Pocahontas" but after 10 minutes, I turned it off. I suppose I should watch it just so I know what it's actually like, but I'm bothered that Disney skewed the history of the Powhatan Nation beyond recognition despite having access to veritable sources.
[end rant].

I went back and reread "The Little Match-Seller" after we watched the film, and was struck by how vivid Andersen's language was. I think it's time for a rereading of Andersen's stories... though bit by bit is best, as they do tend to pull my mood down.

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Wasn't it an angel in the Andersen story who took the child in the end? I'll have to go look that up.