Hans Christian Andersen became one of Danny's most popular movies, and he often sang the songs from the movie when performing live for children. The movie is based very loosely around the life of Hans Christian Andersen, the famous storyteller. In the movie, Hans is a cobbler who loves telling stories, especially for the children of the town. However, the schoolmaster highly disapproves of this because the children are always late for school. He finally goes to the city council and Hans is ordered to stop. His teenage apprentice, Peter, convinces Hans to leave the town and go to Copenhagen. Hans takes up his suggestion and immediately leaves for Copenhagen, soon to be followed by Peter. Together they arrive in the city where circumstances allow Hans to meet up with a ballet company. In fixing some ballet shoes for the main ballerina, he ends up falling in love.
After the ballet company leaves on tour, Hans and Peter stick around in Copenhagen making a living for themselves. Hans starts telling his stories to the children of the town, but makes sure to respect the schoolmaster and his schedule. He ends up telling one special story to a young boy, Lars. This young boy had been sick and the doctor had shaved Lars' head. As a result, the other kids were constantly teasing him because of his bald head. Hans sings him the story of "The Ugly Duckling." Eventually, Lars tells his father, the man in charge of the newspaper, and he ends up printing Hans' stories.
When the ballet company returns, Hans is quite happy but eventually realizes that the ballerina is indeed married and not in love with Hans, as he had mistakenly thought. Disappointed, Hans and Peter return to their town where everyone now loves Hans and his stories.
Picking a favorite scene for this movie wasn't easy. There weren't any actual scenes that stood out to me, none that I loved watching over and over again. Truthfully, this is my least favorite of Danny's movies. It's never quite grown on me like the others have; I'm not really sure why. The songs are enjoyable and are probably my favorite parts. As a result, I chose the song "The Ugly Duckling" for my favorite scene. The lyrics and some pictures are listed below: