This short animated piece, which runs under 30 minutes, was produced by Reader's Digest in 1974 and features the lovely narration of Richard Chamberlain.
This adaptation is one of those examples that shows how a short run time can still be used effectively for storytelling, since it's one of the most accurate adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's story, and is coupled well with music and beautifully detailed (if retro by now) artwork. The narration is lifted almost directly from the English-translated text of the original tale, and though it does gloss over the more violent details and makes the sea witch a more powerful character, it very comfortably includes the spiritual aspects of the story.
Many thanks out to Autumn, who took the time to let me know about this little gem.
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