The Art of Darkness

Tim Burton’s “Hansel and Gretel”

June 30th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Here’s one of the reasons I really love the internet: Nothing is ever truly lost.

Back in 1983, when Tim Burton was working in Disney’s animation department, he directed a live-action Japanese adaptation of Hansel and Gretel for the Disney Channel. It aired exactly once, on Halloween, and was promptly shelved (ostensibly because Disney execs didn’t appreciate the “twisted” subject matter). According to Wikipedia, “prints of the film are extremely difficult to locate, fueling rumors that the project did not exist.”

And…here it is. This appears to have been transferred from videotape, so presumably some home viewer happened to tape it the single time it aired and eventually converted it to digital. Awesome.

(Hat tip to Pixel Pixie for the very cool find)

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