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Once Upon a Time (1973)

Maria d'Oro und Bello Blue (original title)
"Once Upon a Time" is a mix of the fairy tales Mother Holle and Cinderella. Maria, Bello, and Mr. Bottle are quite happy. However, life changes when a wandering con artist tricks Mr. Bottle... See full summary »

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Rolf Kauka

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Rolf Kauka
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ursula Heyer ... Mary-Lou (voice)
Martin Hirthe Martin Hirthe ... Der König (voice)
Tilly Lauenstein Tilly Lauenstein ... Stiefmutter Pulle (voice)
Arnold Marquis ... Herr Pulle (voice)
Uwe Paulsen Uwe Paulsen ... Der Prinz (voice)
Jochen Schröder Jochen Schröder ... Erzähler (voice)
Hans Schwarz Jr. Hans Schwarz Jr. ... Schüttel Dich Baum (voice)
Wolfgang Spier Wolfgang Spier ... Meister Pfriem (voice)
Eva-Maria Werth Eva-Maria Werth ... Maria (voice)
Harry Wüstenhagen ... Notar (voice)
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"Once Upon a Time" is a mix of the fairy tales Mother Holle and Cinderella. Maria, Bello, and Mr. Bottle are quite happy. However, life changes when a wandering con artist tricks Mr. Bottle into marrying her. Mary has a new stepmother and stepsister, Mary Lou. Meeting a hunter in the woods, Maria falls in love and is given a garnet stone. She awaits being reunited with him. Meanwhile, Mary Lou and her mother hatch a plan to marry the Prince, whom search for a girl with a garnet necklace. The Prince, Mary Lou realizes, was the hunter they had met in the woods and had given Maria the necklace she had tossed down a well. Maria is tricked into retrieving her stone, both girls fall into the well, and they embark on a journey to find Mrs. Holly - the one whom holds the garnet stone and the way home.

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Country:

West Germany | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 December 1973 (West Germany) See more »

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Mono

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Color
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A bit of childhood magic
24 November 2014 | by kgscott-168-383720See all my reviews

You just don't forget a movie like this. The straightforward sweetness of the fairytale grabs you and lures you in, and and the psychedelic fantasy that happens halfway through is, for lack of a better word, magical. It does have a "European" quality (this is a GOOD thing) that give it a bit more authenticity and some added strangeness, but it really is one of those films you wish you could see "for the first time all over again". The animation style isn't really comparable to anything from North America - when it focuses on sweet Maria, it has a Walt Disney quality, but when some of the more droll and comedic characters are on screen it makes you think more of Asterix and Obelix. Sweet, charming, mystical, magical and unforgettable.


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