Friday, March 12, 2021

Review of "Hans Christian Andersen Animated Classics: The Traveling Companion," DVD

 Review of

Hans Christian Andersen Animated Classics: The Traveling Companion, DVD

Five out of five stars

Deviates significantly from the original, but still very good

 John is saddened by the death of his father, and he has a dream shortly after his father died. In that dream, he is told that everything will come out right. Setting off on a journey to see the world, John is caught in a heavy rainstorm and takes refuge in a small church. Exhausted, he falls asleep. He is awakened by the actions of two grave robbers there to steal what they can from the coffin. In order to make them stop, John gives them all his money.

 They leave and now John must continue with no food or water and no money with which to buy any. He comes across a man playing a flute that is full of energy and surprises. After healing a woman’s broken leg, the mystery man accompanies John to the city where he literally sees the woman of his dreams. She is a princess with a wicked streak. To win her hand in marriage, a suitor must answer three questions, each of which has the form: “What am I thinking now?” If the suitor fails to answer any of the questions, he is put to death.

 With the help of the traveling companion, John is able to answer all three questions and break the spell that a wicked troll has on the princess. When their wedding is announced, John learns that his traveling companion was the man whose grave robbery he prevented.

 This is an example of the fairy tale genre where to get rich, one first become poor. For if a person allows another to suffer, then fortune will not favor them. A good lesson about the enlightened self-interest of doing good.

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