The Tin Soldier

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The Tin Soldier
This video is part of the series Draw Me A Story

For Christmas, Margaret's Granddad gives her the figures of a ballerina and a one-legged tin soldier joined together on a base shaped like a heart and tells her the story of how they became united forever.

A little boy with lots of toys and tin soldiers didn't know that they all came to life at night. His bravest soldier, his one-legged tin soldier, falls in love with a ballerina, but one right he is accidentally blown off the window sill and sets out upon a perilous journey through gutters, sewers and the sea until he ends up in a fish's tummy. The fish is caught and sold at the market to his former owner's mother. This is how he is reunited with the ballerina. But when she is blown off the mantelpiece into the flames, he dives in after her. The slow fire melts the two figures into one and is saved in the nick of time by the boy.

Animation - 7 min 3 sec

USA - Film Ideas Inc. - 2008