THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR
(aka DAS TAPFERE SCHNEIDERLEIN)
(1956, East Germany) 83 minutes
Story: Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm
Screenplay: Willi Teichmann
Music: Joachim Werzlau
Directed by: Helmut Spiess
With: Kurt Schmidtchen (the Brave Little Tailor), Christel Bodenstein (Trudy), Horst Drinda (Prince Eitel), Fred Kronstrom (King Griesgram), Gerd Michael (Gier)
DVD-R contains the German language version with removable English subtitles, packaged as shown, in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!
THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR is a great little fantasy, primarily due to the stunning visual design, utilizing wild, psychedelic sets that border on the surreal (we love the trip into the giant sunflower patch), and some excellent mythical creatures, like a unicorn and a “terrifying” wild boar. There’s also two real ugly ogres that are genuinely creepy.
This exemplary German production was released by Childhood Productions in 1969, their last year, and to our knowledge, has never seen a home video release in the U.S.