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Tim Burton's "Hansel and Gretel"

In June 2014, fans of popular film director Tim Burton were thrilled when a copy of Burton's short film Hansel and Gretel appeared online. Originally broadcast by the Disney Channel on Halloween night 1983, rumors developed throughout the years that Burton's version of the classic tale had been lost.[1]

Cast with amateur Japanese actors, this version of Hansel and Gretel takes on a dark, Burton-esque tone but largely follows the traditional storyline.

The film features a background score that will immediately sound familiar to fans of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as it was composed and performed by Neighborhood Music Director Johnny Costa.



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Hansel and Gretel
With Michael Yama, Andy Lee, Alison Hong, Jim Ishida
Written by Julie Hickson
Music Composed by John Costa
Executive Producer: Julie Hickson
Produced by Rick Heinrichs
Designed and Directed by Tim Burton


  1. Watch Tim Burton's Hansel and Gretel, Long Though to Be Lost. Slate. Retrieved 25 July 2014.

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