The Singing Ringing Tree

Contains some scary scenes.

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The Singing Ringing Tree Rating: U 7+

3.2105 out of 5 19 Votes (Members)
Duration
72 mins
Year
1957
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This unlikely cult film is in the style of a story by the Brothers Grimm, who were quite stern moralists under the fairy tale gloss often applied to film versions of their work - so be warned. First broadcast on British TV in the 1960s, this had quite an effect on the nation's youth, with many being able to recall its nightmarish qualities years later. A selfish princess who is unable to love has her beauty marred as punishment, while the sad prince who loves her is turned into a lonely, and not particularly nice, bear. Its wild design and uncompromising message certainly make an impression, and shows how tales of princesses and curses were very much about real life.

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  • 70 minutes of magical viewing

    Pamela (Teacher)

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  • Lucia, 14

    3 out of 5
    By
    Lucia, 14
    Date
    2017-02-01 15:50:03

    What. Did. I. Just. Watch? Or, was habe ich gerade gesehen?!
    Okay. I'll get straight to ze point.
    So, we have a handsome Prince Charming who goes through a heck of a lot (I mean, he gets rejected and sent on a quest to find the Princess prize for her hand, in marriage, then turned into a bear (scary!)), a Princess whose ugly personality does not match her beauty, an idiotic King who suffers from his daughter's wrath, a few prison guards and maids who also suffer from the wrath of the Royal fam, and of course, an evil little man with special magical faerie poopy powers. Oh! And a Singing Ringing Tree! Of course! How could I forget?
    No animals were harmed in the making of this film... I think.
    I enjoyed this German film and I liked how the scenes were set out. It teaches children the lesson of selflessness and acceptance.
    Wunderbar!

  • michael, 15

    4 out of 5
    By
    michael, 15
    Date
    2017-02-01 15:42:25

    The Singing Ringing Tree; a movie so innocently portrayed on the screen, has undoubtedly entertained many people of different generations with its comedic appeal and silly props. Yet as I watched this humorous account of a prince and his (mis)adventures, I stumbled upon this story's darker, Brother's Grimm-esque side.
    While on the surface it is a trivial fairy-tale like thousands told before it, The Singing Ringing Tree somewhat spontaneously achieves an infallibly apparent creepy undertone; one of kidnapping and near death experiences- all because of unrequited love. The story starts on a rather cliche but interesting note, where a handsome prince (the actual name of the protagonist in this case) tries to win the love of a crass and egotistical princess (called the 'haughty princess', continuing with the theme of anonymity). Now, any other man with at least one brain cell would see this as a lost cause and a somewhat large blow to their ego, however, our protagonist can be pretty insistent and consistent, so he sets off trying to find the one thing that will win him the princess' love; a tree. At this point, I'm trying to explain to myself why the princess wants her gift's carbon atoms arranged to make wood, but I gave the film the benefit of the doubt, and kept duly watching.
    What came next surprised me more than anything I had seen before.
    In a bid to win the princess' love, our protagonist gets himself turned into a bear. Normally, most people would be fairly concerned at suddenly turning into a large, ursine creature, but our protagonist is not most people. It appeared to me that he had grown a few brain cells during this transformation, as he exercised anonymity and exaggerated strength to do some pretty shady and manipulative things ranging from death threats to eventually kidnapping the haughty princess.
    Keep in mind this is a children's story.
    With this sudden emergence of immoral yet cunning behaviour from our previously hopeless and simple 'hero', I was quite intrigued and could not wait to see what would unfold next. I shall leave what happens and unfolds for you, dear reader, to watch in your own free time (as I am sure you will, after reading this review), but let me just say that STOCKHOLM SYNDROME is a pretty dark and advanced topic to cover in a CHILDREN'S STORY.
    It is common knowledge amongst movie goers, that many fairy-tales are either allegories or have a depth to them that only the older audience will understand. The Singing Ringing Tree is no exception and falls short considering its otherwise weak plotline. However, although a shadow of the legendary tales of the Brothers Grimm, this movie is sure to entertain any audience of any age, for whatever innocent or dark reason that may be.
    P.S- Unlike your regular children's story, I'm not sure there was even an antagonist in this film; the dwarf (which my father, as a child, regarded in terror) seemed so inept at his duty that he ended up turning into a device to further the relationship of the protagonist and his crush and, by definition, a 'good guy' . Inept as he was, the dwarf was my favourite character.

  • Jessica, 13

    5 out of 5
    By
    Jessica, 13
    Date
    2014-10-01 12:56:56

    My sister has watched this film and she said it was really good.
    She had to have English subtitles because the film is in German.

  • Sabrina, -1

    4 out of 5
    By
    Sabrina, -1
    Date
    2014-03-25 14:08:15

    i love it becase it is a good and amasing film

  • owen, 10

    1 out of 5
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    owen, 10
    Date
    2014-03-14 15:50:50

    i did not like this film because the narrator had no expression at all but the good thing was the bear was funny.

  • Lydia, 10

    1 out of 5
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    Lydia, 10
    Date
    2014-03-14 15:50:32

    it wasn't bad but it could have been a bit better . and it was in a diffrent
    language and their was a person who was saying it in english with
    apsoluitly no expression what so ever. WHAT

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