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Once Upon a Time (German: Maria d'Oro und Bello Blue) is a 1973 West German animated musical film written and directed by Roberto Gavioli and Rolf Kauka. The story is based on the German fairytale "Frau Holle", or "Mother Hulda". Maria is the only daughter of wealthy widower Mr. Bottle, and her only companion is her dog, Bello Blue. Maria is a kind-hearted and gentle-natured girl who always helps others and is well-loved. One day a girl named Mary-Lou and her con artist mother arrive in town. Mary-Lou is the exact opposite of Maria, in that she is nasty, spoilt and selfish. Mary-Lou's mother poses as a fortune teller to tell people their future. She then meets Mr. Bottle, and tells him that great mis-fortune will befall him if he doesn't get married. Mary-Lou offers herself, but her mother stops her and marries Mr Bottle herself. Mary-Lou and her mother torment Maria, treating her like a servant. Maria's father is helpless to stop them, and Maria copes as best as she can, because she...
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