Published on 21 May 2014
The Cannon Movie Company made a collection of fairy tale musicals in the mid to late 80’s. These were mid-budget productions with C or D-list actors and this one is no exception.
Oh and these movies were bad. I mean really bad. But these are one of those ‘so bad they’re good’ type films.
I’m not uploading this because this is good, no. It’s one of these movies you have to see to believe and I thought I’d upload it in full so you don’t have to go to various parts. So you’re welcome for the convenience
PLOT: It’s your basic ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ story to a tee. For those who don’t know the fairy tale: the miller brags about his daughter being able to spin straw into gold (spoiler- she can’t) and word gets around to the greedy king. The king brings her to his castle, locks her in large rooms with mountains of straw and tells her to spin it into gold. If she succeeds after 3 nights, she’ll marry the prince [in some versions she marries the king, but I prefer prince myself] or she’ll die (kinda harsh, but okay). This magical midget man- played by Billy Barty in the movie- offers to spin the straw for her in exchange for her most prized possessions. When she doesn’t have anything the third time he appears, he makes her promise to surrender her first born child- which she agrees. The miller’s daughter and the prince marry, she has a kid, the little man comes to claim his reward, but the now princess begs for a chance to keep her baby. So, being a decent guy, the dwarf gives her 3 days to guess his name, or else the baby is his. That’s your basic plot with the obvious happy ending.
And no, Disney has not adapted this into a movie. Neither has Don Bluth, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers animation, etc. If you wanna see other versions of this story you can check out the Faerie Tale Theatre version with Shelley Duvall and Hervé Villechaize/ Tattoo from Fantasy Island, the HBO ‘Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child’ one with Denzel Washington and Robert Townsend, or the animated Timeless Tales from Hallmark Version that’s probably uploaded on this site.
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