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The Emperor's New Clothes
The Emperor's New Clothes
Actors: Sid Caesar, Clive Revill, Robert Morse, Lysette Anthony, Susan Berlin
Director: David Irving
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
G     2005     1hr 25min

Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale gets a lavish makeover in this whimsical live-action comedy starring showbiz legend Sid Caesar (Grease), who plays the eccentric Emperor with his "trademark foreign language gib...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Sid Caesar, Clive Revill, Robert Morse, Lysette Anthony, Susan Berlin
Director: David Irving
Creators: David Irving, Itzik Kol, Menahem Golan, Patricia Ruben, Yoram Globus, Anna Mathias, Len Talan
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy, Family Films, Musicals
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/09/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1988
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 10
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Now on DVD
sedonaman | Sedona, AZ United States | 09/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own several other versions (animated) of this story, and this acted is the best of them all. Hope it comes out on DVD.

Update: I purchased the DVD, and it is worth owning."
Not as good as the others
La Blue Eyes | Fremont, CA | 12/06/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I have all the cannon movies that are available on DVD and I can honestly say that this one is my least favorite. The opening scene should have tipped me off when they were drowning prisoners and trying to make it seem humorous. None of the acting was very good, it was like they were trying too hard. The love relationship between the thief and the princess was so lame and without chemistry. Cheesy sound effects like springs and slide whistles were used throughout the film which made it all appear so unprofessional. It was supposed to be used to create humor, but it only appeared to be ridiculous. The ending was rushed and too perfectly handled. Thank goodness the other Canon movies aren't like this, because this one was just plain stupid."
Cannon Movie Tales Finally on DVD!
Heidi Anne Heiner | SurLaLune Fairy Tales.com | 06/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sid Caesar stars as The Emperor in this Cannon Movie Tales musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tale.

Here's the movie's description available from Sony Pictures: "Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale gets a lavish makeover in this whimsical live-action comedy starring showbiz legend Sid Caesar (Grease), who plays the eccentric Emperor with his "trademark foreign language gibberish and nervous delivery" (Variety). Full of mischief, merriment and mayhem, this delightful twist on a beloved story weaves a hilarious family adventure you won't soon forget!

"The Emperor's blinding vanity makes him an easy mark for con artists, especially the two phony tailors hired to make him a dazzling outfit for his daughter Gilda's (Lysette Anthony) wedding. While the elder crook (Robert Morse) schemes to steal the royal jewels, his nephew (Jason Carter) is busy stealing Gilda's heart. In the midst of it all, it takes a child to reveal the truth that no one else can see!"

The Cannon Movie Tale series of nine films has become nearly as popular among fairy tale enthusiasts and family film fans as Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. Some would argue that this series is even more popular. Either way, these musicals are suitable for the entire family and feature well-known actors from the 1980s."
"Fall in love with fairy tales again"
80sLady | NY USA | 09/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If the classic fairy tale "The Emperor's New Clothes" were ever to be re-made via movie, book etc, it would probably never be portrayed as eloquently as this movie has. I thoroughly enjoyed this version of "The Emperor's New Clothes". It was light, entertaining and captured the true essence of Hans Christian Anderson's classic storybook version.

Sid Caesar portrays the eccentric Emperor with sheer brilliance. The mumbling, bumbling Emperor's desire to wed off his daughter Gilda is only surpassed by his constant desire to look and feel... well.. like an Emperor!

An added bonus to the original tale is the burgeoning love between Gilda and one of the tailors (i.e. not Gilda's intended spouse) who is making the Emperor's wonderous new clothes... or should we say NOT making the Emperor's new clothes.

Of course, no one is as surprised about the ending as the Emperor but, in this movie, luckily you don't have to be a child to enjoy this tailor-made tale."