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Version of Steadfast Tin Soldier

I remember a very specific version of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" that I cannot seem to find anywhere.  Anyone else seen or heard of this version, and possibly know where I can find either the audio (Even on audio cassette) or video of it?  

It was shown on TV a few times in the 80's and was available as an audio cassette, too.  It wasn't quite live action, but it wasn't animated for the most part.  I think there were 3 narrators, a woman, a gentleman, and an older gentleman with a gruffly deeper voice.  The narration voices would rotate at different sections of the story, while the whole thing was set to a repetitive tune on a flute.  I'm pretty sure it was made before the late 80's, and could be as far back as the 60's.  The versions I tend to find are all animated, or skit based musical.  In this version you really don't see anyone's faces that are live action.  Just the arms and bodies.  the focus is more on the toy characters.  In the end the soldier seemed almost randomly thrown into the oven by a boy, and you see the live action window open and the paper doll fly into the oven.  In the end the maid cleans out the stove to find the "tin soldier had melted into the shape of a tin heart and the bangle around the princess' waist was burned black as coal."  I've remembered the tune for YEARS, but have never known anyone else to place it or with this seemingly rare version of the show.  Probably played on PBS mainly in the 80's.

asked Sep 15, 2015 in Name That Short by Doramius (18 points)

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I am only able to find the first three minutes of this particular version, but check and see if it might be the one you're looking for. If it is, the comments below it mention where the DVD can be bought.
answered Sep 15, 2015 by Sandy (7,725 points)
It is very close.  Probably the closest version I've seen.  The audio doesn't sound the same, and the characters seem far more animated than I recall.  However, this was several years ago and I could be mistaken.  I've also heard of a Rabbit Ears (name of the studio) version,  but haven't been able to find a clip to verify.  Haven't yet found a clip on youtube or elsewhere online.
I think the Rabbit Ears Studio version is only a narration (Jeremy Irons) of an illustrated book. I found a very brief clip:
Unfortunately, that's not the version.  I re-created on a digital piano the recurring melody that is played on a flute in the background.  It's about as close as I can remember.  Here's the link:
Sorry I couldn't help! Good luck!