"Rumpelstiltskin" is as bad a children's movie as has been made in the last 20 years, but in the canon of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus' Cannon films, it's about average-badly written, badly directed, badly acted and badly made. As the title character says about something else entirely, "it's tragic, there's no magic."
The horror is that Cannon has plans to desecrate 13 to 15 more children's stories before it's through. "Rumpelstiltskin" kicks off "Movie Tales," a series of feature-length musical fairy tales, but all Cannon has done, here anyway, is to make a short story long. And long and longer. You sense trouble the moment Billy Barty appears as the naughty gnome; Barty's one of the classic short people in Hollywood history, but he not only grossly overplays his character, he looks and sounds like an overweight Daffy Duck.
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