View of the throne room in the "Fairyland" exhibition; Photo: hneun
View of the throne room in the "Fairyland" exhibition; Photo: hneun

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Fairyland Babelsberg
An Exhibition for children …
Once upon a time, there were 7 fairy tale figures ...
Szenenfoto aus \"Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck\" (1953)
Szenenfoto aus \"Das Feuerzeug\" (1959)
Szenenfoto aus \"Schneewittchen\" (1961)

Szenenfoto aus \"Rotkäppchen\" (1962)
Szenenfoto aus \"König Drosselbart\" (1965)
Szenenfoto aus \"Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel\" (1974)

Szenenfoto aus \"Das singende, klingende Bäumchen\" (1957)

... from 7 popular DEFA fairy tale films:
"Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck" (1953)
"Das singende, klingende Bäumchen" (1957)
"Das Feuerzeug" (1959)
"Schneewittchen" (1961)
"Rotkäppchen" (1962)
"König Drosselbart" (1965)
"Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel" (1974)


If you want, you can meet them in our exhibition! At Filmmuseum Potsdam, a land of fairy tales has been created where you can follow the trails of the film characters.

A small town, a dark forest, a shining throne room - these are three stages our heroes have to go through on their quest for happiness.

I. Once upon a time …
Our fairy tale figures live in a small town until, one day, things they didn't expect happen to them: Snow White has to run away from her wicked stepmother and Little Mook from his hard-hearted relatives. Little Red Riding Hood wants to visit her ill grandmother, the brave soldier strives to free the princess from the copper palace. So they all set off …

II. They came to a dark forest ...
Deep in the woods, our heroes have to hold their ground against evil powers: The stepmother is out to kill Snow White, the big bad wolf tries to eat Little Red Riding Hood, a witch blocks the brave soldier's way. The fairy tale figures are all alone when facing the villains and have to resort to their own powers. But when the worst comes to the worst, magic things appear to help them: a magic lighter, magic slippers and a walking stick, a magic tree, or hazelnuts …

III. And they reigned over their kingdom in peace and happiness …
After evil has been defeated, the heroes are rewarded amply for all their struggles: Little Red Riding Hood gets her life back and old Mook is rewarded with the children’s love and respect. The brave soldier is given the beautiful princess for his wife, Cinderella, Princess Roswitha and Snow White marry their princes. Finally, the time has come for a splendid wedding celebration in the throne room!

Blick in die Leseecke
At the end of your exhibition tour, you can recover from the endeavours of the journey through Fairyland on a big sofa. Here, you can flick through fairy tale books, read some fairy tales yourselves or listen to audio tales.






In Fairyland Babelsberg, not only film stories are waiting for you but also answers to many questions about the fairy tales and the seven films:

Wie bringt man ein Häschen zum Fliegen?
Was steht auf einer Filmklappe?
Was trägt ein Ritter unter seiner Rüstung?



Haben Drosseln Bärte?
Wie bindet man einen Turban?
Was ist ein Pilger?



Kann man Ideen des Filmarchitek- ten ...
... im fertigen Film entdecken?

Once upon a time, there were seven fairy tale figures …



Blick in die Ausstellung
Aschenbrödels Küche
Zu Hause beim kleinen Muck




... who one day set off to make their good fortune ...


Der Zauberfisch aus dem Film \"Das singende, klingende Bäumchen\" (1957)
Satt und zufrieden liegt der Wolf im Bett der Großmutter
7 Bettchen, 7 Lampen, 7 Stühlchen, 7 Tellerchen ... Das Haus der 7 Zwerge




... and when they finally had made it, they lived happily ever after!



Das singende, klingende Bäumchen
Aschenbrödels Hochzeitskleid
Der Thronsaal




The exhibition "Fairyland Babelsberg" was created on the basis of seven successful DEFA fairy tale films. Have a look at their filmographies here.

Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck / Das singende, klingende Bäumchen / Das Feuerzeug / Schneewittchen / Rotkäppchen / König Drosselbart / Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel

Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck ("The Story of Little Mook", 1953)

Director: Wolfgang Staudte
Screenplay: Peter Podehl, Wolfgang Staudte, based on the fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff
Dramaturgy: Helmut Spieß
Cinematographer: Robert Baberske
Composer: Ernst Roters
Production Designer: Erich Zander
Costume Designer: Walter Schulze-Mittendorf
Film Editor: Ruth Schreiber
Sound: Albert Kuhnle
Special Effects: Ernst Kunstmann
Production Manager: Willi Teichmann
Cast: Thomas Schmidt (young Mook), Johannes Maus (old Mook), Friedrich Richter (Mukrah), Trude Hesterberg (Mrs. Ahavzi), Alwin Lippisch (Sultan), Silja Lesny (Princess Amarza), Heinz Kammer (Prince Bajazid), Gerhard Hänsel (Hassan), Wilhelm Hinrich Holtz (Highest Ramudschin), Richard Nagy (Higher Ramudschin), Gerhard Frickhöffer (Lower Ramudschin); Werner Peters (Lowest Ramudschin); Charles Hans Vogt (Magician); Harry Riebauer (Murad the Runner), Friedrich Gnass (Town Guard), Wolf Beneckendorff (Schoolmaster).
Premiere: 23 December 1953

Das singende, klingende Bäumchen ("The Singing, Sounding Tree", 1957)
Director: Francesco Stefani
Spec Script: Anne Geelhaar
Screenplay: Francesco Stefani, Anne Geelhaar
Dramaturgy: Margot Beichler
Cinematographer: Karl Plintzner, Walter Roßkopf
Composer: Heinz-Friedel Heddenhausen
Production Designer: Erich Zander
Costume Designer: Hans Kieselbach
Makeup: Alois Strasser, Gerda Behrendt, Lothar Hiller
Film Editor: Christa Wernicke
Sound: Horst Günther
Special Effects: Ernst Kunstmann, Vera Kunstmann
Production Manager: Alexander Lösche, Jugend- und Kinderfilm Produktion
Line Producer: Heinz Ullrich
Cast: Christel Bodenstein (Princess), Charles Hans Vogt (King), Eckart Dux (Prince / Bear), Richard Krüger (Dwarf), Dorothea Thiesing (Wet Nurse)
Premiere: 15 December 1957


Das Feuerzeug ("The Pocket Lighter", 1959)
Director: Siegfried Hartmann
Screenplay: Anneliese Kocialek, Fred Rodrian, Siegfried Hartmann, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen
Dramaturgy: Margot Beichler
Cinematographer: Erich Gusko
Composer: Siegfried Bethmann
Production Designer: Hans Poppe
Costume Designer: Marianne Schmidt
Makeup: Bernhard Kalisch, Margarete Walther
Film Editor: Hildegard Conrad
Sound: Gerhard Wiek
Special Effects: Ernst Kunstmann, Vera Kunstmann
Production Manager: Anni von Zieten
Line Producer: Otto Ziesenitz
Cast: Rolf Ludwig (Soldier), Bella Waldritter (Witch), Detlef Heintze (Hans, the Cobbler’s Boy), Johannes Maus (Master Schaft), Paul Böttcher (Master Zwirn), Fritz Schlegel (Landlord), Heinz Schubert (Miser), Rolf Defrank (Vain Man), Hannes Fischer (Fat Man), Hans Fiebrandt (King), Maria Besendahl (Queen), Barbara Mehlan (Princess)
Premiere: 18 April 1959


Schneewittchen ("Snow White", 1961)
Director: Gottfried Kolditz
Screenplay: Günter Kaltofen, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
Dramaturgy: Margot Beichler, Gudrun Rammler
Cinematographer: Erwin Anders
Composer: Siegfried Tiefensee
Production Designer: Hans Poppe
Costume Designer: Elli-Charlotte Löffler
Makeup: Gerhard Zeising, Eva Nendel, Klaus Becker, Günter Hermstein
Film Editor: Ursula Zweig
Sound: Peter Sonntag
Production Manager: Adolf Fischer, Gruppe "Solidarität"
Line Producer: Horst Schmidt, Heinz Gellert
Cast: Doris Weikow (Snow White), Marianne Christina Schilling (Queen), Wolf-Dieter Panse (Young King), Harry Hindemith (Hunter), Steffi Spira (Old Woman), Arthur Reppert (Rumpelbold), Jochen Koeppel (Purzelbaum), Fred Delmare (Naseweis), Willi Scholz (Huckepack), Horst Jonischkan (Pick), Georg Irmer (Pack), Heinz Scholz (Puck), Fritz Schlegel (Cook), Horst Buder (Scullion), Arno Wyzniewski (Servant)
Premiere: 8 October 1961


Rotkäppchen ("Little Red Riding Hood", 1962)
Director: Götz Friedrich
Screenplay: Hans Rodenberg, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm and on Jewgenij Schwarz
Dramaturgy: Gudrun Rammler
Cinematographer: Helmut Bergmann
Composer: Gerhard Wohlgemuth
Production Designer: Alfred Drosdek
Costume Designer: Walter Schulze-Mittendorf
Makeup: Bernhard Kalisch, Klaus Gloede, Anita Hering, Ilse Lichtenberg
Film Editor: Christel Röhl
Sound: Horst Mathuschek, Werner Klein
Production Manager: Erich Albrecht, KAG "Berlin"
Line Producer: Günter Propp, Heinz Schwoch
Cast: Blanche Kommerell (Little Red Riding Hood), Helga Raumer (Mother), Horst Kube (Father), Friedel Nowack (Grandmother), Werner Dissel (Wolf), Harald Engelmann (Fox), Ernst-Georg Schwill (Bear), Jochen Bley (Bunny)
Premiere: 13 July 1962


König Drosselbart ("King Thrushbeard", 1965)

Director: Walter Beck
Screenplay: Dr. Günter Kaltofen, Walter Beck
Dramaturgy: Margot Beichler, Gudrun Rammler
Cinematographer: Lothar Gerber
Composer: Wolfgang Lesser
Production Designer: Erich Krüllke, Werner Pieske
Costume Designer: Dorit Gründel
Makeup: Otto Banse, Heinz Bernhardt, Liane Wilk
Film Editor: Christel Ehrlich
Sound: Werner Krehbiel
Production Manager: Siegfried Kabitzke, KAG "Kinderfilm"
Line Producer: Fritz Brix, Dieter Anders
Cast: Karin Ugowski (Princess Roswitha), Manfred Krug (King Trushbeard), Martin Flörchinger (King Löwenzahn), Evamaria Heyse (Lady-in-Waiting Beatrix), Helmut Schreiber (King Heinz Eduard), Achim Schmidtchen (King Wenzel), Gerd E. Schäfer (Duke Adolar), Arno Wyzniewski (Prince Kasimir), Bruno Carstens (Prince Zacharias), Fritz Decho (Graf Eitelfritz), Horst Buder (Junker Balduin), Nico Turoff (Coachman), Manfred Heine (Chef), Ulrich Lorr-Balko (Scullion Felix), Klaus Piontek (Dance Teacher), Jochen Bley (Boy Wilhelm), Marianne Wünscher (Fruit Merchant), Jutta Wachowiak (Confectioner)
Premiere: 16 July 1965


Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel ("Three Wishes for Cinderella", 1974)
Director: Václav Vorlícek
Screenplay: Václav Vorlícek, Hannelore Unterberg
Spec Script: Bohumila Zelenkovà, based on the fairy tale by Bozena Nemcová
Dramaturgy: Marcela Pittermann, Gruppe Ota Hofman
Cinematographer: Josef Illík
Composer: Karel Svoboda
Production Designer: Alfred Thomalla, Olin Bosák
Costume Designer: Günther Schmidt, Theodor Pistek
Makeup: Otto Banse, Hannelore Petzold, Vladimír Petrina
Film Editor: Barbara Leuschner, Miroslav Hájek
Sound: Frantisek Fabián, Gerhard Ribbeck
Production Manager: Heinz Herrmann, Jirí Krejcí, KAG "Berlin"
Line Producer: Harald Andreas, René Lavecká
Cast: Libuse Safránková / German Voice: Dorothea Meißner (Cinderella), Pavel Trávnícek / Peter Reusse (Prince), Carola Braunbock (Stepmother), Rolf Hoppe (King), Karin Lesch (Queen), Daniela Hlavácová/ Illelore Kuhnert (Dora), Jan Libícek / Ivan Malré (Preceptor), Vladimír Mensík/Kurt Böwe (Vinzek)
Coproduction: Barrandov-Studio, Prag; DEFA Studio für Spielfilme, Babelsberg
Premiere: 10 March 1974