The youngest and prettiest of the Sea King's seven daughters yearns to become a human, to have a soul and come to live on land. She falls in love with a young prince after saving him from drowning. She seeks the help of a sea witch, who turns her fish tail into human legs. In return she surrenders her beautiful voice and becomes speechless. The poor mermaid must then struggle through many trials in order to win the love of the handsome prince.
A poor little girl tries to sell matchsticks on a bitter cold New Year's Eve, when most people are having a party inside where it’s warm and are eating good food. She must earn money for her starving family, but no one buys her matchsticks. So she uses the matches to get warm and has an incredible experience on the last evening of the year.
A young girl seeks shelter from the rain at the King's palace and claims that she is a princess. The old queen wants her son, the prince, to get married, but only to a real princess. Fortunately, the queen knows just how to find out if a young girl is a real princess.
A poor little hatchling, which is born into a duck flock, must endure a great deal of suffering. He gets bullied, yelled at, teased, and mocked, while at the same time he is dying, both from hunger and cold. He is close to being killed by a hunting dog and gets schooled by an arrogant cat who thinks it knows all about the world. But in the end, he discovers his proper place in life.
The young prince wishes to marry and goes out into the world to find the princess he wants for his wife. When he meets the beautiful princess, he wants to find out whether she is as pure in her heart, as she is beautiful. So he disguises himself as a pig farmer in the King's stables and soon discovers the truth about the beautiful princess that is to be his wife.
"A Touching Story"
A snowman has just been built by a bunch of boys who have been playing in the freshly fallen snow. He gets to experience all the greatness and excitement of the world for the first time and has many things explained to him about what the world is and how everything is connected. He falls in love and experiences winter's transformation into spring.
A rich father sends his two oldest sons to the castle, so that they can court the princess and inherit half her kingdom. They think that their cleverness is unlimited, but when they finally meet the princess, they cannot remember any of the clever things they planned to say. However, their little brother, the despised Hans, steals the spotlight and shows everyone how he can actually make the princess laugh. He wins half the kingdom and puts his brothers to shame.
The little fir tree, which stands in the woods between all the big trees is so busy trying to become great, that it doesn’t experience all the wonderful things happening around it. It only thinks of what it will feel like when it is bigger, older, and wiser. One day, it is chopped down and made into a Christmas tree - and finds that it may be too late to experience anything.
A healthy soldier comes upon an old witch and a hollow tree while on his way home from the war. Before long, he has acquired an old lighter and all the money he could want. Meanwhile, the beautiful princess of the small town has been locked up by her own parents. The soldier falls in love with her - but cannot find a way to win her. Thanks to some good friends he made with the witch's help, he ends up avoiding public execution and winning the princess' heart.