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The story of Brave Little Tailor and its themes have appeared in literature and other forms of art. This page provides a small discussion of some of the better known treatments by authors and other artists.

Literature   Poetry   Music   Film   Theatre

Literature: Novels

The Brave Apprentice by P. W. Cantanese

Catanese, P. W. The Brave Apprentice. New York: Aladdin, 2005.
Amazon.com: Buy the book in paperback.

NOVEL: A children's middle reader book

Catanese writes a series of books featuring the further adventures of well-known fairy tale characters.

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Literature: Short Stories

Once Upon a Crime

Roberts, Les. "The Brave Little Costume Designer." Once Upon A Crime. Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, eds. New York: Berkeley Prime Crime, 1998.
Amazon.com: Buy the book in hardcover
or paperback.


Newfangled Fairy Tales #2 edited by Bruce Lansky

Tocher, Timothy. "The Little Tailor."Newfangled Fairy Tales: Book #2. Bruce Lansky, ed. New York: Meadowbrook Press, 1998.
Amazon.com: Buy the book in paperback.


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None so far!

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Also see Brave Little Tailor on the Folklore and Fairy Tale Music page.

I have listed primarily classical compositions of music using the themes of this fairy tale in either ballet, opera or some other musical style. I have also provided links to popular recordings of the music when available at Amazon.com. The advantage to these links is that you can listen to samples of the music at no charge.

"Märchenbilder: Das tapfere Schneiderlein (The Poor Little Tailor)" by Ilona Prunyi from the album Korngold: Piano Works (1992) classical
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"Märchenbilder Op. 3 Seven Fairy Tale Pictures: VI. Das Tapfere Schneiderlein - the Brave Little Tailor" by Martin Jones & Erich Wolfgang Korngold from the album Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Piano Music (2004) classical
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"Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Op. 3: VI. The Brave Little Tailor" by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Matthias Bamert from the album Korngold: Schauspiel Overture, Marchenbilder, Der Schneemann (2007) classical
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To learn more about these films, please visit the
Internet Movie Database.

The Cartoons That Time Forgot - The Ub Iwerks Collection, Vol. 1 (1934)

The Valiant Tailor (1934). Shamus Culhane and Ub Iwerks, directors.
Buy the movie on VHS. or Buy the movie on DVD.

ANIMATION SHORT: Early animated short contemporary with Walt Disney.

Brave Little Tailor (1938). Burt Gillett, director.
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ANIMATION SHORT: Mickey Mouse plays the role of the Brave Little Tailor in this animated short from Disney.

The Gallant Little Tailor (1954). Lotte Reiniger, director. UK.

SILHOUETTE ANIMATION SHORT: Lotte Reiniger is historically important as an early animator, specializing in shadow puppet animation, also known as silhouette animation. She was arguably the best talent in this particular craft. She started in silent films while living in Germany and continued producing shorts for over 40 years, primarily in the UK. For more information, read this article by William Moritz published by Animation World Magazine:

Das Tapfere Schneiderlein (1956). Helmut Spieß, director. Germany. USA title: The Brave Little Tailor.

Kurt Schmidtchen .... Das Tapfere Schneiderlein
Christel Bodenstein .... Traute
Horst Drinda .... Prinz Eitel
Fred Kronström .... König Griesgram

"This is a great little film, primarily due to the stunning visual design, utilizing wild, psychedelic sets that border on the surreal, and some excellent mythical creatures, like a unicorn and a "terrifying" wild boar. There's also two real ugly ogres that are genuinely creepy. The dubbing stinks, the songs grate and the story drags, but for the trip into the giant sunflower patch, its worth a look." (IMDB.com)

Rocky and Bullwinkle Season 1 featuring Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales: Brave Little Tailor (1959-60) (TV). In Rocky and Bullwinkle. Jay Ward Productions.
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ANIMATION SHORT: The Fractured Fairy Tales segment became a popular part of the first season of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (known under various names through the years) that premiered in the fall of 1959. They have remained in syndication ever since. Brave Little Tailor originally aired in Episode 7 of Season 1.

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Marvin, Blanche. The Littlest Tailor. In Plays for Children, Vol. II. New York: Samuel French.

SHORT PLAY: Set in the post-Civil War period and written in the comic minstrel style, this unusual version of the tale of the little tailor who leads the conquest of giants incorporates shuffle and soft-shoe dances. Fun lies in the identity of the giants.

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