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Andersen's Fairy Tales

Andersen's Fairy Tales

by Andersen, Hans Christian

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Websites

The Hans Christian Andersen Center

Want a bunch of links and resources related to Andersen's life and works? Look no further!

Andersen Fairy Tales

Click here for a charming, short bio of Andersen, a selection of his tales, and one question that will haunt you for the rest of your life: why did the people who got the domain name Andersenfairytales.com do so little with the site?

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum's Website

This page has links to Andersen's stories in 123 different languages. But you have to figure out what the languages are called in Danish in order to navigate the site… So, um, happy Googling!

Movie or TV Productions

The Little Mermaid

Duh. We suggest you go read Andersen's version of this tale, then re-watch the movie. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Frozen

Disney's take on Andersen's "The Snow Queen" is… uh… interesting to say the least. Here, the Kai character saves the Gerda character, which is a switcheroo from the original. And we're expecting some cute singing animals to join the party, because it is Disney, after all.

Fantasia 2000

This Disney film contains a retelling of Andersen's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier." Check it!

Hans Christian Andersen

Everybody loves Danny Kaye, right? Though this biography of Andersen is far from factual, Kaye rocks as Andersen. And we enjoy the film as a fun, optimistic reimagining of his life.

Browse Other Andersen-Inspired Movies on imdb.com

There've actually been a bunch of movies inspired by Andersen's tales, so check out the IMDB listing about him here.

Articles and Interviews

Terri Windling on Andersen's Tales and Life

Noted fairy tale author Windling discusses Andersen's fairy tales and life story. Sweet.

Denmark on the 200th Anniversary of Andersen's Birth

One journalist visits Andersen's hometown Odense and other parts of Denmark for the 2005 Andersen bicentennial. Bi. Cen. Tennial. That's a lotta years, Shmoopers.

Andersen's First Fairy Tale?

"The Tallow Candle," a story believed to have been written by Andersen while he was still a schoolboy, was found in an archive in 2012. Who doesn't love a good whodunit? (Or, in this case, whowroteit?)

Video

Death and the Mother

This 10-minute adaptation of Andersen's tale "The Story of a Mother" is hauntingly beautiful. Forreals.

Snippets of "The Snow Queen" and "The Red Shoes" in Dance

Andersen's tales have inspired experimental dancers to create all kindsa adaptation. This trailer for a show called Musée des Femmes features clips of Karen from "The Red Shoes" (she's the one all in red) and the Snow Queen (in a white dress with a high collar). Kinda cool and kinda freaky. Both.

Clip from the 1948 film The Red Shoes

Stay with us: it's a movie, about a ballet, about a fairy tale. Yup. With some really pretty dancing in it, to boot.

Pre-Disney Anime "The Little Mermaid"

In the mood for some live-action footage of 1970s Denmark followed by a Japanese anime take on "The Little Mermaid"? This one's for you!

Audio

NPR Coverage of Andersen's Bicentennial in Denmark

Discussion of a week long fairy-tale festival in Denmark to honor Andersen. And who doesn't love some NPR?

Gregory Maguire's Adaption of "The Little Match Girl" for NPR

Listen to this take on Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" as a Christmas-time radio special.

Images

Central Park's Statue of Hans Christian Andersen

Check out that book he's holding on his lap. It's huuuuuge!

The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen

Trust us, you've seen this before even if you've never been to Copenhagen. It's super famous.

Scholarship

Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller

Want to dig through juicy quotes from Andersen's diaries and letters? This book by fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes contains a wealth of information about Andersen's life and tales.

The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films

More Zipes for the win. The chapter on Andersen adaptations in film contains a bunch of cool examples of artsy European films based that you've probably never heard of… but now you'll be able to impress your friends by knowing all about them!

The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

Fairy-tale scholar Maria Tatar presents a selection of Andersen tales, along with annotations that explore the social context informing the tales. Which is really awesome.

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