short film The Little Match Girl © Disney
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The Little Match Girl

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of a little homeless girl trying to sell matches to an indifferent crowd of passerbys. As night falls, she sits in the snow with only a handful of matches and remembers happier times past.

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Disney is king in animation and it really took this sad classic story to an endearing level. I heard that it originally was a Fantasia sketch that didn't make it.......
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Such a beautiful and heartfelt animated short! It is a shame that this short didn't made it in Fantasia 2000 film. But fortunately, this short did make it on one...
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This is one of my favourite short films and one of the best of Disney's old children stories animated. The music and the animation are among the very best...
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If there is a 'problem' with this short, it's likely that my expectations for it were too high. The Little Matchgirl is such a moving story. I mean, is there...
Created by: Disney
Language: no dialogue
Country of Origin: USA
Directed by: Roger Allers
Produced by: Don Hahn
Executive Producers: Roy Edward Disney
Based on: the story by Hans Christian Andersen

The last of a series of shorts highlighting international music that were spawned by Fantasia 2000. The other short films were Oscar nominees, Destino and Lorenzo, as well as the short One-by-One.

The film is animated to the music of String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: Third Movement: Noturno (Andante) by Alexander Borodin.

The short is included as an extra on the 2-Disc Platinum Edition of The Little Mermaid.

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The Little Matchgirl: A Matchless Watercolor Experiment -- article on the creation of the film from VFXWorld
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