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10+ Hans Christian Andersen Movies

Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most beloved authors of all time, having written many of the world's best-known fairy tales. His works have been turned into Movies Based on Classic Novels and his life for decades, with much success.

From Walt Disney's classics to modern adaptations, there has been no shortage of movies inspired by the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen. This post will take a look at some of the best Hans Christian Andersen movies.

Who is Hans Christian Andersen?

Hans Christian Andersen is a Danish author who is best known for his fairy tales. As a child, he had a deep love of storytelling and would often invent stories to entertain himself and others.

Andersen's career as an author began at the age of 14 to pursue his passion for writing. He started out writing plays but soon turned to fairy tales, which would become his most famous works. Some of his most popular stories include “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Emperor's New Clothes.”

Movies based from his life:

Hans Christian Andersen
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire (Actors)

Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

The opening scene of the movie describes it best: “Once upon a time, there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales.”

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Movies Based from His Tales:

The Ugly Duckling
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jeffrey Cook, Ethan Hopper, Branden Gordon (Actors)

The Ugly Duckling

“The Ugly Duckling” is a literary fairy tale by the author Hans Christian Andersen. It is about a lonely little bird who was isolated by everyone, including his family. The story loved by all people around the world as it is a tale about personal transformation for the better.

The Little Mermaid
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson (Actors)

The Little Mermaid

Ariel, the fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father's order to stay away from the world above the sea, she strikes a bargain with a devious sea witch to trade her beautiful voice for legs. But can she also win a prince's heart?

Frozen
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff (Actors)

Frozen

Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna, and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Once Upon A Mattress
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Carol Burnett, Tracey Ullman, Denis O'Hare (Actors)

Once Upon A Mattress

Queen Aggravain wants the best for her son and wants him to marry the right girl. However, she wards off every girl that comes along. Enters princess Winnifred, who will give her a nice fight.

Thumbelina
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Barbara Cook, Jodi Benson, Will Ryan (Actors)

Thumbelina

Based on the famous fairy tale – tiny Thumbelina longs for a husband, and soon meets a fairy prince. But they are separated, and Thumbelina tumbles into a crazy world of toads, moles and other unsuitable suitors.

Fantasia 2000
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Itzhak Perlman, Steve Martin, Quincy Jones (Actors)

Fantasia 2000

Seven new musical selections, and one returning favorite, are featured in this modern update of Disney's animated classic which includes all the latest technological tools and innovations to tell its stories and create breathtaking imagery.

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ashley Shaw, Dominic North, Adam Cooper (Actors)

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes

Filmed at Sadler's Wells in 2019, Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes is a triumphant adaptation of the legendary 1948 feature film by Micheal Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Hans Christian Andersen's tale of obsession, possession, and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

The Emperor and The Nightingale, Told by Glenn Close with Music by Mark Isham
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Glenn Close, Mark Isham, Robert Van Nutt (Actors)

The Emperor and The Nightingale, Told by Glenn Close with Music by Mark Isham

An Emperor in ancient China finds a bird with an enchanting song. But when given a jeweled, artificial singing bird, he banishes the nightingale from court. Years later, he realizes the real nightingale's song is the true treasure. A Hans Christian Andersen classic. Ages 6 & up. Illustrated by Robert Van Nutt. Action for Children's TV Award; Grammy Nomination for Best Recording for Children.

Snow Queen
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Anna Shurochkina, Ivan Okhlobystin (Actors)

Snow Queen

The Snow Queen created the world of eternal winter where the polar wind cools human souls and clearness of lines obscure emotions. A girl named Gerda, her pet ferret Luta, and Orm the troll must save her brother Kai and the world.

Ginger's Tale
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Gráinne Bleasdale, Ronan Mitchell (Actors)

Ginger's Tale

Ginger is the loyal young friend of a kind craftsman Potter. One day he finds a magical artifact called the Stone Of Fire that brings him money, yet changes his personality from good to bad. When the kingdom's evil Queen makes it her mission to steal the powerful stone, Ginger realizes it is up to her rescue her friend and remind him honesty and hard work are much more important than money.

The Emperor's New Clothes
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Hans Christian Andersen (Actor)

The Emperor's New Clothes

This is the classic story of the vain emperor who is so swayed by the importance of clothes that he does not realize he is being fooled.

The Tinderbox
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Brin Merkley, Mike Nance, Mike Verdon (Actors)

The Tinderbox

Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, a shell-shocked soldier uses the powers of a lightning-fast leprechaun to bring him the woman of his dreams.

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