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The Singing Ringing Tree

The Singing Ringing Tree is a children's film made by East German studio DEFA in 1957 and shown in the form of a television series by the BBC. It is a story written by Anne Geelhaar based on a variation of "Hurleburlebutz" by the Brothers Grimm , directed by Francesco Stefani.

Plot

The story concerns a beautiful but selfish and haughty princess who rejects the proposal of a wealthy prince. She scorns the gifts he offers her, and says that she will marry him only if he brings her the mythical "singing ringing tree". The prince locates the tree in the territory of an evil dwarf, who offers to give him the enchanted tree, on the understanding that, if the princess still rejects him, he will be in the dwarf's power and will be turned into a bear. Because the tree will only sing and ring when the princess falls in love with the prince, she is disappointed in it and continues to reject the prince. The prince is forced to return to the dwarf's lair and is turned into a bear.