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The Little Matchgirl (2006)

A poor young girl has a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames.

Director:

Roger Allers

Writers:

Hans Christian Andersen (based on an original story by), Roger Allers (story adaptation by) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Amid an indifferent crowd in the snow-capped streets of Moscow, an impoverished and humble little girl struggles to eke out a living by selling matches, in this Roger Allers' adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's original story. Up against a relentless and mighty adversary, the poor seller reluctantly decides to warm herself by using the last of her matches, and, suddenly, clear and bright visions of a happy and carefree life start to envelop her. Look. There's her sweet and silver-haired grandmother. And over there, there's the family's dazzling Christmas tree. Dear God, can the fleeting but beautiful illusion be real in the morning? Written by Nick Riganas

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Even in the coldest night, a dream burns on forever.


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The Little Matchgirl was released on the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection Blu-ray on August 18, 2015. See more »

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Version of Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet #2 In D Major: 3rd Movement: Notturno (Andante)
Written by Aleksandr Borodin (as Alexander Borodin)
Performed by Emerson String Quartet
Violin: Philip Setzer
Violin: Eugene Drucker
Viola: Lawrence Dutton
Cello: David Finckel
The Emerson String Quartet appears courtesy of Duetsche Grammophon
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The greatest Disney short ever... in my opinion
2 November 2006 | by Blissey01See all my reviews

I had heard a lot about this short film called "The Little Matchgirl" in the last few months, like how it was originally created for an aborted "Fantasia" sequel, how it was based on a short story by "Little Mermaid" author Hans Christian Andersen, yadda yadda. But, when I finally got the 2-disc "The Little Mermaid" Platinum Edition DVD on which "Little Matchgirl" is found, I was totally blown away. Roger Allers did a (pardon my language in a comment on a Disney film)damn fine job on this short. I do believe that if nominated for an Oscar, "The Little Matchgirl" will blow all those other shorts out of the water.

Just a friendly word of advice, folks: bring a lot of Kleenexs...


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