The Singing, Ringing Tree

Original title: (Das singende, klingende Bäumchen)
GDR, 1957, 70 min, color
English, Spanish, French voice over

The prince must find the singing, ringing tree in order to win the hand of the haughty princess. With the help of the ruler of the realm of magic, the prince finds the precious tree; but he cannot have it until he fulfills one more condition: the princess must learn to love him before the sun sets. As she remains cold-hearted, the prince is unable to fulfill the condition and is turned into a bear.


The Bear Prince abducts the princess from the castle and takes her to the enchanted garden. The animals of the garden are terrified, as the princess has tortured them in the past. Deprived of her beauty and power, she slowly changes for the better and becomes attached to the kind bear. Enticed out of the forest by a gnome, the princess sees through his scheme and can rescue the prince with the help of her new friends, the animals, and the happy couple returns to the castle.


Based on a Grimms' fairytale fragment, The Singing, Ringing Tree became a landmark in European children's filmmaking, where it was particularly beloved in Great Britain in the 1960s. (The English voice-over is the BBC version.)

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The Singing, Ringing Tree

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