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Parents' Guide to

The Emperor's New Clothes

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Farcical, old-fashioned Hans Christian Andersen tale.

Movie G 1987 83 minutes
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Turning a familiar, timeless Hans Christian Andersen tale into a slapstick farce with hammy but well-liked comic actors must have seemed like a good idea at the time (1987). The performers seem to be having a wonderful time chewing the scenery. Adding a few unimpressive musical numbers, some lavishly ridiculous costumes, and changing Andersen's ending just a bit sweetened the pot.

But there's no mistaking this shoestring production for anything other than what it was meant to be: a cheap entry into the fairy tale genre with very little thought given to plotting, character, logic, or resolution. For example, rather than come up with anything clever or innovative to reveal the "invisibility" of the emperor's new clothes, the low point of the film is watching Caesar strut through the low-budget crowd in gold satin underwear.

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