Western Animation / Armer Hansi

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Armer Hansi (Poor Hansi) is a 18 minutes-long German animated short directed by Gerhard Fieber. It was released in 1943.

Hansi is a songbird who seeks to escape his cage and meet with an attractive female of a different species he has a crush on. He manages to escape the cage and finds himself confronted to the outside world.

This short is notable for being one of Nazi Germany's attempts at producing animation of significant quality to try to rival that of Walt Disney's studios. Adolf Hitler was so impressed by the groundbreaking animation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that he ordered Joseph Goebbels to create a studio that would be able to reduce the technical gap between German and American productions. Thus the Deutsche Zeichenfilm studio was born in 1941. It was shut down in late 1944 due to the needs of the war effort.

Tropes:

  • Animate Inanimate Object: Hansi bumps into a living kite that tries to eat him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Hansi enters the nest of his initial crush... only to be kicked out of it by said crush's mate, who belongs to the same species as her.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Hansi as soon as he sees a female bird of a different species walking by his cage.
  • Happily Ever After: Hansi eventually meets a female of his species and enters her cage. They kiss each other and sing, and the short ends with a red curtain with two Heart Symbols pierced by an arrow falling on the cage.
  • Random Events Plot: The short is mostly about Hansi's wandering and misadventures as he's thrown in the world outside his cage.
  • Sky Surfing: At one point, Hansi ice-skates in the sky instead of using his wings to fly.

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