Hansel and Gretel (film) Directed by Tim Burton on 16mm film, this live-action film tells the Grimm fairy tale through Japanese actors, kung fu fights, and Japanese toys. It had its premiere with Vincent, and was introduced by Vincent Price, on Disney Studio Showcase on Disney Channel on October 29, 1983. Stars Michael Yama (Mother/Witch), Jim Ishida (Father). 36 min. The Grimm Fairy tale was earlier adapted in the Silly Symphony cartoon, Babes in the Woods.