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A landmark in children's television,
By A Customer
This review is from: Tales From Europe: The Singing Ringing Tree [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Of all my childhood memories of children's TV, 'The Singing Ringing Tree' remains the most vivid and well loved. If that makes me a sad nostalgic 40 something then I'm comfortingly not alone, because 37 years after its first airing on British TV it has now been elevated to 'cult classic' status. So what was it about 'The Singing Ringing Tree' that has remained a cherished memory with so many adults. It's certainly not the special effects, charming and well done as they were for a film dating from 1957, nor was it the sumptuous colour of the original print which is has been digitally remastered for this video presentation - 1964 when it was first shown on British TV we had to make do with TV black and white. Ultimately, then, we are left with the story-line (an amalgam of three Grimm's Fairy Tales) that beautifully conveys the moral principle that in order to find happiness the individual needs to look beyond selfish desires and to care for the environment surrounding them. Is it too much to hope that it is that that we have carried with us in the form of our cherished memories over the years? It would be nice to think so. And what of its standing today? Well, I can see The Singing Ringing Tree becoming the memories of the future with children today, as great story-telling like this never really becomes dated. One final note: the digital remastering is absolutely superb, and the video has the original English narration from its showing on British TV. A Masterpiece.