CANNON MONTH 2: Cannon Movie Tales: Hansel and Gretel (1988)

Hansel (Hugh Pollard) and Gretel (Nicola Stapelton) — Pollard and Stapelton were both on the British show Simon and the Witch — have discovered the gingerbread house of Griselda (Cloris Leachman) and if you know the original Brothers Grimm story, you know that things won’t be easy for them.

With David Warner and Emily Richard as the parents of our child hero duo, this at least has some talented British actors in the cast. It was directed by Len Talan, who had written Cannon’s The Emperor’s New Clothes and had a script by Nancy Weems, who never wrote a thing before or sense at least as far as IMDB is willing to tell me.

Hansel and Gretel also uses songs from the Engelbert Humperdinck opera Hänsel und Gretel. Yes, at one point, the world had an Engelbert Humperdinck version of this fairy tale.

I love that Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus created these Cannon Movie Tales so that their Cannon Theater chain wouldn’t have to show Disney movies as matinees, but after Cannon went out of business, they all aired on the Disney Channel as part of the Storybook Cinema series of films. Cannon had at one point planned sixteen of these and stopped at nine. Much like my insane — and self-abusive — need to watch every Lemon Popsicle movie, I will someday have watched every single one of these films.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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