The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

1962

Adventure / Animation / Biography

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 61%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 1692

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Cast

Yvette Mimieux as The Princess
Russ Tamblyn as The Woodsman
Barbara Eden as Greta Heinrich
Otto Kruger as The King
720p.BLU
1.26 GB
1280*438
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 20 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10

Wonderful is the right word for this film!

I think that "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" is a woefully underappreciated film and is far better than its current score of 6.2. And, although the film took a fast and loose look at the real lives of these men, it is most enjoyable and the stories that come to life are simply charming.

As I just mentioned, this film is a biopic that does what many do....it ignores the real story and presents a Hollywood version of their lives. Now as a history teacher, I am not thrilled by this. But the rest of the story is so wonderful, I really didn't mind very much.

The story presents the lives of the brothers once they reach adulthood...which is a shame as their earlier lives could make for a compelling film. But in addition to their lives, you see many of their stories acted out...and they are just wonderful. It also helped that it was filmed in towns such as Rothenburg in Germany...and it looks great. I really wish I could have seen this back in the day when it was presented on Cinerama....with the three screens. But I wasn't born yet and the chances of seeing it this way are minimal.

Overall, a great film for the entire family....fun and well made from start to finish.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 8 / 10

Competing With Shirley Temple

Back when it first was out I never did get around to seeing The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm and it should be seen in the theater rather than a formatted VHS version. This was indeed a film for which Cinerama was definitely suited.

During the Fifties a whole lot of the Grimm stories were used in a shortlived series hosted by the grown up Shirley Temple entitled Shirley Temple's storybook. I think they were better presented on the big screen.

I'm not sure if these in fact are the real Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm as played by Laurence Harvey and Karl Boehm. Wilhelm is the married one, in fact married to the lovely Claire Bloom, with two small children and it's those kids who keep him interested in German folklore and tales of such. The more serious minded Jacob, scholar, historian, and linguist would like to marry Barbara Eden, but that ain't happening unless the brothers finish the dynastic history they've been commissioned to write by Duke Oscar Homolka. And Jacob can't keep Wilhelm's mind on the business at hand.

The real story of the brothers is merely a plot device on which to hang cinematic presentation of three of the Grimm fairy tales and the presence of a lot of the others during a delirious fever sustained by Laurence Harvey. The regular story is directed by Henry Levin, but George Pal who probably got the biggest budget in his career to utilize in The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm gets to direct the fairy tale segments.

My favorite is The Singing Bone with Terry-Thomas as the braggadocious knight and Buddy Hackett as his put upon squire and their encounter with a dragon in a cave. That is George Pal and Cinerama at their very best.

Don't expect a whole lot from this film, it's not deep, it was meant for the kid market. And it dates not a bit though with today's computer generated special effects it would be even better if done today.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

inefficient use of the format

The Grimm brothers, Wilhelm (Laurence Harvey) and Jacob (Karlheinz Böhm), are working on the local Duke (Oscar Homolka)'s history. Wilhelm is more interested in collecting fairy tales from the locals but Jacob is more concerned about the Duke's work. Greta Heinrich (Barbara Eden) is a fan of their writing. The movie does show "The Dancing Princess", "The Cobbler and the Elves" and "The Singing Bone" as the stories are told by characters in the movie.

The 3-camera Cinerama looks beautiful and I can only imagine the visuals coming from all sides. I remember watching one of the travelogs in my childhood. The story itself is rather boring. Nothing is particularly memorable except for Buddy Hackett and Terry-Thomas. At least, they are funny. The leads don't stand out especially with the way the movie is shot. It's not the best use of the format. When the movie uses the format effectively, it looks marvelous. The story itself also lacks drama. They are probably better off making a shorter movie with one of the Grimm's tale and try to maximize the visual aspects. It is a cinematic oddity and worthwhile to see.

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