Infamous, Cult, Creepy, Surreal, Weird, Childrens, Dark, Foreign; DVD – New / Sealed
The Singing Ringing Tree, partly due to its foreignness as both fairy tale and for the unfamiliarity of its German production, was ‘indelibly carved on the psyches’of english speaking western cultures who viewed it as one of the most frightening things ever shown as a children’s producton. The story they tell has an authentic Brothers Grimm feel, and not at all like the Disney versions of their works. Even Grimm had characters that children can feel comfortable with, but there are none in this outlandish fable. The Prince starts out charming enough and then turns into a bear, and a nasty bear at that. The Princess is spoilt and cruel, and gets turned into something hideous. These are the nearest to a ‘good’ people you get, everyone else seems to be either mad, ugly or an evil dwarf. The giant fish that totally terrified ususpecting kids is actually meant to be ‘friendly’, but the way it looked and moved freaked out most who saw it. It was otherworldly, and not something that anyone would consider comfortable…… this film is a strange and creepy trip indeed.