The Little Matchgirl
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About the Movie
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale about a poor young girl whose burning desire to find comfort and happiness comes to life through the magic of rich hand-drawn Disney animation in this powerful and inventive Academy Award (R) nominated short film directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"). Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames filled with images of loving relatives, bountiful food, and a place to call home. Set to the music of composer Alexander Borodin's String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (Third Movement: Noturno (Andante), in an exciting new recording by the six-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, the film tells a captivating and emotional tale.
You won't be able to watch without crying.
As soon as I watched the preview, I immediately bought the movie. My parents told me this story all the time when I was little, but it never touched me the way this did. In fact, NOTHING has touched me the way this did. I highly highly highly reccommend buying this, especially if you aren't very prone to crying during movies. For you I also reccommend a couple boxes of tissues and a quiet, private place. Very well done. Major kudos to Disney.
Lots of Tears
Wow. Very well done, a timeless tail of a homeless child. The music and animation flow together as it tuggs at your heart. If entertainment is about evoking emotion, then the makers have suceeded in grand fashion. Prescreen for children.
I've been reading this Hans Christian Andersen tale to my daughter, and every time I read it I really have to hold back the tears. The same is true with this beautifully done Disney version, even though no words are actually spoken. It's a great tale and film, but it's not for everyone; my wife has a difficult time getting through it because of the poor girl's plight. Note to other reviewers: I know this is just a short and is a relatively well-known classic, but don't give away the whole story!