The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm

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The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm is a 1962 American film directed by Henry Levin and George Pal. The latter was the producer and also in charge of the stop motion animation. The film was one of the highest grossing films of 1962. It won one Oscar and was nominated for three additional Academy Awards. Several famous actors — including Laurence Harvey, Jim Backus, Barbara Eden, and Buddy Hackett — are in the film, and it uses a rarely found feature in filming wherein an overlay of two separate screens was utilized to produce various effects. It was released in the Cinerama format.


The story focuses on the Grimm brothers, Wilhelm (Laurence Harvey) and Jacob (Karlheinz Böhm), and is biographical and fantastical at the same time. Both are working to finish a history for a local Duke (Oscar Homolka), though Wilhelm is more interested in collecting fairy tales and often spends their money to hear them from locals. As the film progresses it occasionally presents tales from the Brothers Grimm, such as "The Dancing Princess" and "The Cobbler and the Elves" in such a way that the tales are integrated into the main plot. One of the tales is told as an experiment to three children in a book store to see if publishing a collection of fairytales has any merit. Another tale, "The Singing Bone", is told by an old woman (Martita Hunt) in the forest who tells stories to children, while the uninvited Wilhelm secretly listens through an open...
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