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It's New Year's Eve in (what appears to be) New York City and revelers are out at midnight celebrating the New Year. None of the people out drinking and partying seem to a little girl who's clad only in a ragged shirt, walking around barefoot in the cold, snowy winter. The little girl is trying to sell matches, but nobody buys any--the little girl is also homeless, so when she fails to sell any of her matches, she retreats back to her regular spot in an alley. Lighting the matches one at a time for warmth, she imagines all the things she doesn't have, like a warm hearth, food, and a comfy bed. Eventually she has a dream of heaven.

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It's New Year's Eve in (what appears to be) New York City and revelers are out at midnight celebrating the New Year. None of the people out drinking and partying seem to notice a little girl who's clad only in a ragged shirt, walking around barefoot in the cold, snowy winter.winter. Some even cruely heckle her. The little girl is trying to sell matches, but nobody buys any--the little girl is also homeless, so when she fails to sell any of her matches, she retreats back to her regular spot in an alley. Lighting the matches one at a time for warmth, she imagines all the things she doesn't have, like a warm hearth, food, and a comfy bed. Eventually she has a dream of heaven.


''The Little Match Girl'' is a 1937 animated short film by Charles Mintz.

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''The Little Match Girl'' is a 1937 animated short film produced by Charles Mintz.
Mintz and directed by Arthur Davis.


* ApatheticCitizens: All the citizens in the streets whom are celebrating the New Year take no notice of the begging girl on the ground trying to sell matches. The ones whom DO notice just simply toot their horns at her. At one point when a group notices her staring enviously at a bookstore, [[{{Jerkass}} they scare her and then laugh at her]].

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* ApatheticCitizens: All the citizens in the streets whom are who're celebrating the New Year take no notice of the begging girl on the ground trying to sell matches. The ones whom who DO notice just simply toot their horns at her. At one point point, when a group notices her staring enviously at into a bookstore, restaurant (where a chef is making what appear to be pancakes), [[{{Jerkass}} they scare her and then laugh at her]].

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* ApatheticCitizens: All the citizens in the streets whom are celebrating the New Year take no notice of the begging girl on the ground trying to sell matches. The ones whom DO notice just simply toot their horns at her. At one point when a group notices her staring enviously at a bookstore, [[{{Jerkass}} they scare her and then laugh at her]].


It is, no prizes for guessing, an adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's short story "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl," though it takes place in a comparably more modern setting than the original short story.

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It is, no prizes for guessing, an adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's short story "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl," though it takes place in a comparably more modern setting than the original short story.
original.



* AloneInACrowd: No one even sees the tiny little girl traipsing through the crowded streets trying to sell matches.

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* AloneInACrowd: No one even sees seems to notice the tiny little girl traipsing through the crowded streets trying to sell matches.



* TheBigRottenApple: If it is New York, and it looks like it, the girl lives in the rotten part, in a dirty alley. We briefly see an adult homeless man passing by in the other direction as the little girl goes "home".

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* TheBigRottenApple: If Assuming it is ''is'' New York, and York City (and it sure looks like it, NYC), the girl lives in the rotten part, in a dirty alley. We briefly see an adult homeless man passing by in the other direction as the little girl goes "home".



* BookEnds: The ringing of bells at the start of the cartoon, for New Year's, and at the end as the little girl ascends to heaven.

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* BookEnds: The ringing of bells at the start of the cartoon, for New Year's, and at the end as the little girl girl's soul ascends to heaven.



* PragmaticAdaptation: The original story has an abusive father who threatens to beat the girl if she doesn't sell her matches, and a deceased grandmother who welcomes the little girl to heaven. This cartoon cuts out both, instead making the girl homeless.
* SettingUpdate: The 1845 fairy tale is updated to 1937 New York.
* SilenceIsGolden: Other than people yelling "Happy New Year!" in the opening scene, no dialogue.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The original story has an abusive father who threatens to beat the girl if she doesn't sell all of her matches, and a deceased grandmother who welcomes the little girl to heaven. This cartoon cuts out both, instead making makes the girl homeless.
both homeless and (presumably) an orphan, and also replaces the grandmother with an adult-angel.
* SettingUpdate: The 1845 fairy tale is updated to 1937 While the original short story was written in the mid-1840s, this cartoon takes place in New York.
York City during the late-1930s.
* SilenceIsGolden: Other than people yelling "Happy New Year!" in the opening scene, there's no dialogue.


It is, no prizes for guessing, an adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's short story "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl". This version is set in the (then) modern day in a city that appears to be New York. It is New Year's Eve, and revelers are out at midnight celebrating the New Year. None of the people drinking and partying notice a little girl, clad in nothing but a ragged shirt, barefoot in the winter cold. The little girl tries to sell her matches, but no one buys any. The little girl is homeless, so when she fails to sell her matches she retreats to her regular spot in an alley. Lighting the matches one at a time for warmth, she imagines all the things she doesn't have, like a warm hearth, food, and a comfy bed. Eventually she has a dream of heaven.

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It is, no prizes for guessing, an adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's short story "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl". This version is set "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl," though it takes place in the (then) a comparably more modern day in a city that appears to be New York. It is setting than the original short story.

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New Year's Eve, Eve in (what appears to be) New York City and revelers are out at midnight celebrating the New Year. None of the people out drinking and partying notice seem to a little girl, girl who's clad only in nothing but a ragged shirt, walking around barefoot in the winter cold. The little girl tries to sell her matches, but no one buys any. cold, snowy winter. The little girl is trying to sell matches, but nobody buys any--the little girl is also homeless, so when she fails to sell any of her matches matches, she retreats back to her regular spot in an alley. Lighting the matches one at a time for warmth, she imagines all the things she doesn't have, like a warm hearth, food, and a comfy bed. Eventually she has a dream of heaven.



* DyingDream: The little girl has a dream of heaven, before she dies and the angel takes her there for real.

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* DyingDream: The little girl has a dream of heaven, before she dies freezes to death and the angel takes her there for real.


It is, no prizes for guessing, an adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's short story "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl". This version is set in the (then) modern day in a city that appears to be New York. It is New Year's Eve, and revelers are out at midnight celebrating the New Year. None of the people drinking and partying notice a little girl, clad in nothing but a ragged shift, barefoot in the winter cold. The little girl tries to sell her matches, but no one buys any. The little girl is homeless, so when she fails to sell her matches she retreats to her regular spot in an alley. Lighting the matches one at a time for warmth, she imagines all the things she doesn't have, like a warm hearth, food, and a comfy bed. Eventually she has a dream of heaven.

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It is, no prizes for guessing, an adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's short story "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl". This version is set in the (then) modern day in a city that appears to be New York. It is New Year's Eve, and revelers are out at midnight celebrating the New Year. None of the people drinking and partying notice a little girl, clad in nothing but a ragged shift, shirt, barefoot in the winter cold. The little girl tries to sell her matches, but no one buys any. The little girl is homeless, so when she fails to sell her matches she retreats to her regular spot in an alley. Lighting the matches one at a time for warmth, she imagines all the things she doesn't have, like a warm hearth, food, and a comfy bed. Eventually she has a dream of heaven.

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It is, no prizes for guessing, an adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's short story "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl". This version is set in the (then) modern day in a city that appears to be New York. It is New Year's Eve, and revelers are out at midnight celebrating the New Year. None of the people drinking and partying notice a little girl, clad in nothing but a ragged shift, barefoot in the winter cold. The little girl tries to sell her matches, but no one buys any. The little girl is homeless, so when she fails to sell her matches she retreats to her regular spot in an alley. Lighting the matches one at a time for warmth, she imagines all the things she doesn't have, like a warm hearth, food, and a comfy bed. Eventually she has a dream of heaven.

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It is, no prizes for guessing, an adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's short story "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl". This version is set in the (then) modern day in a city that appears to be New York. York. It is New Year's Eve, and revelers are out at midnight celebrating the New Year. Year. None of the people drinking and partying notice a little girl, clad in nothing but a ragged shift, barefoot in the winter cold. cold. The little girl tries to sell her matches, but no one buys any. any. The little girl is homeless, so when she fails to sell her matches she retreats to her regular spot in an alley. alley. Lighting the matches one at a time for warmth, she imagines all the things she doesn't have, like a warm hearth, food, and a comfy bed. bed. Eventually she has a dream of heaven.



* BarefootPoverty: No shoes. On the way back to her spot in the alley the little girl stumbles, her feet probably already going numb.
* TheBigRottenApple: If it is New York, and it looks like it, the girl lives in the rotten part, in a dirty alley. We briefly see an adult homeless man passing by in the other direction as the little girl goes "home".

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* BarefootPoverty: No shoes. On the way back to her spot in the alley the little girl stumbles, her feet probably already going numb.
* TheBigRottenApple: If it is New York, and it looks like it, the girl lives in the rotten part, in a dirty alley. We briefly see an adult homeless man passing by in the other direction as the little girl goes "home".



* ChekhovsGunman: The little girl's dream of heaven is mostly filled with little winged cherubs even smaller than her, but she also sees one grown-up angel, which flies up and becomes a star in the sky. At the end of the film that adult-sized angel is the one who comes down to earth and carries the little girl's soul up into heaven.

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* ChekhovsGunman: The little girl's dream of heaven is mostly filled with little winged cherubs even smaller than her, but she also sees one grown-up angel, which flies up and becomes a star in the sky. At the end of the film that adult-sized angel is the one who comes down to earth and carries the little girl's soul up into heaven.



* ImagineSpot: The little girl imagines a warm hearth, a big dinner, and a cozy bed, one at a time as she lights matches. The extended heaven sequence appears to be a DyingDream.

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* ImagineSpot: The little girl imagines a warm hearth, a big dinner, and a cozy bed, one at a time as she lights matches. The extended heaven sequence appears to be a DyingDream.



* PragmaticAdaptation: The original story has an abusive father who threatens to beat the girl if she doesn't sell her matches, and a deceased grandmother who welcomes the little girl to heaven. This cartoon cuts out both, instead making the girl homeless.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The original story has an abusive father who threatens to beat the girl if she doesn't sell her matches, and a deceased grandmother who welcomes the little girl to heaven. This cartoon cuts out both, instead making the girl homeless.

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''The Little Match Girl'' is a 1937 animated short film by Charles Mintz.

It is, no prizes for guessing, an adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's short story "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl". This version is set in the (then) modern day in a city that appears to be New York. It is New Year's Eve, and revelers are out at midnight celebrating the New Year. None of the people drinking and partying notice a little girl, clad in nothing but a ragged shift, barefoot in the winter cold. The little girl tries to sell her matches, but no one buys any. The little girl is homeless, so when she fails to sell her matches she retreats to her regular spot in an alley. Lighting the matches one at a time for warmth, she imagines all the things she doesn't have, like a warm hearth, food, and a comfy bed. Eventually she has a dream of heaven.

Compare ''WesternAnimation/{{The Little Matchgirl|2006}}'', a Disney adaptation of this story from 2006.

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* AloneInACrowd: No one even sees the tiny little girl traipsing through the crowded streets trying to sell matches.
* BarefootPoverty: No shoes. On the way back to her spot in the alley the little girl stumbles, her feet probably already going numb.
* TheBigRottenApple: If it is New York, and it looks like it, the girl lives in the rotten part, in a dirty alley. We briefly see an adult homeless man passing by in the other direction as the little girl goes "home".
* BittersweetEnding: The little girl dies, but she's taken up to heaven by an angel.
* BookEnds: The ringing of bells at the start of the cartoon, for New Year's, and at the end as the little girl ascends to heaven.
* ChekhovsGunman: The little girl's dream of heaven is mostly filled with little winged cherubs even smaller than her, but she also sees one grown-up angel, which flies up and becomes a star in the sky. At the end of the film that adult-sized angel is the one who comes down to earth and carries the little girl's soul up into heaven.
* DeathOfAChild: A little girl freezes to death in an alley.
* DyingDream: The little girl has a dream of heaven, before she dies and the angel takes her there for real.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: There's the standard issue fluffy clouds and winged cherubs and angels playing harps, but there's also stuff for kids, like a Christmas tree and a beautiful garden and a tree swing.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: An innocent little blond-haired child.
* ImagineSpot: The little girl imagines a warm hearth, a big dinner, and a cozy bed, one at a time as she lights matches. The extended heaven sequence appears to be a DyingDream.
* NewYearHasCome: Filled with revelers singing and partying and not noticing a hungry, cold little girl.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The original story has an abusive father who threatens to beat the girl if she doesn't sell her matches, and a deceased grandmother who welcomes the little girl to heaven. This cartoon cuts out both, instead making the girl homeless.
* SettingUpdate: The 1845 fairy tale is updated to 1937 New York.
* SilenceIsGolden: Other than people yelling "Happy New Year!" in the opening scene, no dialogue.
* SnowMeansDeath: The little girl freezes in the snow.
* StarsAreSouls: The little girl becomes a star in the sky.
* StreetUrchin: A homeless little girl, struggling to sell matches to survive.

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