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''The Selfish Giant'' is an 1888 short story by Creator/OscarWilde.

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''The "The Selfish Giant'' Giant" is an 1888 short story by Creator/OscarWilde.





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The story can be read [[http://www.inf.fu-berlin.de/lehre/pmo/eng/Wilde-Giant.pdf here]].


* GentleGiant: He becomes this, after seeing how the children brought joy and spring to the garden, and specifically when he helped the one lonely child into the tree, and the child hugged him. Thereafter he opened the garden and invited all the children in, and played with them.
* MessianicArchetype: After all the other children flee from the giant in terror, the giant finds one child alone, trying to climb a tree. He lifts the child up into a tree branch, whereupon the child hugs and kisses him. Later that child tells all the other children that the giant is nice now and they can go back into the garden. That child is never seen again, until the giant is very old. He finds the child again in the garden, and sees that there are holes in its hands and feet. The little child then takes the giant up to heaven.



* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: After the giant goes up to heaven with the little child that turns out to be Jesus, Wilde's story ends with all the other children coming to play and finding the giant's body covered with cherry blossoms. That was too intense for a children's cartoon, apparently, so instead the animated short ends with a PanUpToTheSkyEnding.
* AnimatedAdaptation: An Oscar Wilde short story adapted into an animated short, almost unchanged except for a slightly revised ending.



* {{Narrator}}: Nearly the entire text of the Wilde story is read by a narrator over the animation. There is no dialogue.

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* {{Narrator}}: Nearly the entire text of the Wilde story is read by a narrator over the animation. There is no dialogue.dialogue.
* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: After the angelic Christ child says the giant can come up to his garden in Paradise, the camera pans up to the sky, and the cartoon ends.
* SeasonalBaggage: Shots of the giant's castle, the fields, and the town, show winter changing to summer and back again, snow appearing and disappearing and green fields also appearing and disappearing, to convey the passage of many years. After this montage the giant has gray hair and wears glasses.

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* EndlessWinter: After the giant sends the children away, the grass refuses to grow, the flowers refuse to bloom, and the trees won't give fruit. So Snow, Frost, the North Wind, and Hail all come and make the giant's castle their home. The castle is locked in eternal winter as the giant wonders why spring never comes.


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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Snow, Frost, North Wind, and Hail are all personified as humanoid beings in the short. Hail is dressed up in a suit of armor.


When the giant finally does return from his long vacation, he promptly scares the children out of his garden

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When the giant finally does return from his long vacation, he promptly scares the children out of his garden
garden and builds a wall. But this has unintended consequences.



* FairyTale: Written specifically by Wilde as a children's story. It was included in the same 1888 story collection that included another famous Wilde story, "Literature/TheHappyPrince".

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* EmpathicEnvironment: Quite literally. After the giant walls off his garden, the flowers don't grow, the trees don't bloom, and the songbirds don't come anymore.
* FairyTale: Written specifically by Wilde as a children's story. It was included in the same 1888 story collection that included another famous Wilde story, "Literature/TheHappyPrince"."Literature/TheHappyPrince".
* TitleDrop: "He was a very selfish giant."

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* {{Narrator}}: Nearly the entire text of the Wilde story is read by a narrator over the animation. There is no dialogue.

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''The Selfish Giant'' is an 1888 short story by Creator/OscarWilde.

Somewhere in medieval times there is a village. The children of the village like to play in a garden, filled with beautiful flowers and grass and songbirds and peach trees that bear ripe fruit. The garden belongs to a giant, who has a castle but has been absent for seven years.

When the giant finally does return from his long vacation, he promptly scares the children out of his garden

It has been adapted many times. In 1972 it was adapted into a 26-minute animated short film directed by Peter Sander, which ran on Canadian television.

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* FairyTale: Written specifically by Wilde as a children's story. It was included in the same 1888 story collection that included another famous Wilde story, "Literature/TheHappyPrince".

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