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  • Actors: Peter Sellers
  • Directors: Halas & Batchelor
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Blue Dolphin Film and Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BHLP7O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,390 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For the first time ever on DVD, the animated Tales from Hoffnung and Ruddigore by Halas & Batchelor are available on Blue Dolphin DVD. Steeped in music, magic and mystery, Tales from Hoffnung and Ruddigore are spectacular films from Britain s first animation studio: the legendary Halas & Batchelor, who are behind such fine animations as Animal Farm and Dilemma. Based on the weird and wonderful world of Gerard Hoffnung and the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, Tales from Hoffnung and Ruddigore will delight viewers and music lovers everywhere. Tales from Hoffnung is a collection of seven enchanting stories which mix the original drawings of the hugely entertaining Gerard Hoffnung with the lively music of Francis Chagrin. Here in this spectacular, musical world of Hoffnung's 'silly symphonies', instruments can spring to life and mayhem always ensues. Tales from Hoffnung blends vibrant fantasies with a wonderful score that will inspire young musicians everywhere. Additional footage includes Tony Guy explaining how he animated Bords, Bees and Storks with Peter Sellers doing the voices. Ruddigore - A Gilbert and Sullivan score is brought to life in animation for the first time in this version of their classic Operetta Ruddigore, which features the musical talents of the acclaimed D Oyle Carte Opera and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Here the Barons of Ruddigore have been struck by a hereditary curse which condemns them to committing a crime everyday or face a painful death. The supernatural, revenge and love further complicate a long-lost heir's attempts to escape his destiny. Bonus material includes the trailer to the original 1964 Ruddigore release and Vivien Halas and animator Tony Guy in conversation. Tales from Hoffnung and Ruddigore have been digitally restored, and Professor of Animation Studies, film critic and broadcaster Paul Wells introduces and reviews the films. This charming collection is a hugely entertaining way to introduce children to classical music and its warmth and humour can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

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This delightful release will entertain people of all ages. --New Classics

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Caton on 17 Feb. 2009
I bought this DVD for the Ruddigore animation which I had seen on TV some years previously. The Hoffnung cartoons are good, but require a certain mindset to find them funny. Gilbert and Sullivan on the other hand always had a good strong narrative structure and Ruddigore, with its burlesque of late Victorian melodrama has both a good plot as well as sublime music. The sound is a trifle odd and has always reminded me of an edited (not every line of dialogue is there, and it is the Toye version of 1920) D'Oyly Carte recording in an empty theatre, the ambiance is a trifle echoey. The animation is stylised but satisfying, the character designs angular but quite acceptible. The way the coming of the curse is portrayed and also the Ghosts High Noon sequence is wittily constructed and I would say that this disc was a worthwhile purchase.
You'll wish you could still get it! There are not enough DVD recordings of Ruddigore, just this and the '82 Brent Walker with Keith Michell as Robin Oakapple and Vincent Price as Sir Daspard... I wish recordings had been made of the D'Oyly Carte on stage....
With regard to the whole disc, I would like to see more British Animation made available; Halas and Batchelor were a significant force in the UK but still get subsumed under the weight of US animation even when the American films are dross.
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Being in the running for the world's biggest "Ruddigore" fan, I had wanted to see this version for half a century, but never had the chance until this year, when I discovered it was on YouTube. After watching it twice there, I decided my life would not be complete without a copy of my own. What an age we live in!
I am not sure I would have liked it as much in 1964 as I do having first met it in 2015. By and large, I find the "full" animation style of "Snow White" more pleasing than the minimalist school of the 1960s. But I did love "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" from its first broadcast, so maybe, at 20, I could have appreciated the H&B "Ruddigore." Its minimalism is deceptive. In their apparently simple lines, the facial expressions alone add whole new depths to the story.
Yes, much is gone -- even, believe it or not, Rose's book of etiquette! But exactly what was sacrificed to get it down to under an hour makes a fascinating study in itself. And what remains is the heart of the story, given in lively, winning fashion that steps right along without seeming rushed, and makes full animation use of the ghostliness. (What a pity this approach to the agonies would be difficult to translate to the stage!)
I would recommend this for every G&S collection that includes video recordings (whatever format). Someday I may even watch the "Tales of Hoffnung."
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Halas and Batchelor was Britain's most influential animation company. These little gems were taken from a BBC series based on the works of Gerard Hoffnung, who was a brilliant cartoonist specialising in musical subjects. Ruddigore was an interesting attempt at making an animated version of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera.
The distinctive H & B style could be seen in many television commercials of the 1950s and 60s some of which can be found on YouTube.
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