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The Key: “The film is a cautionary tale about the need to develop good work habits, personal responsibility and conscience in life.
Three fairies visit the parents of a newborn boy and give them a red ball of string which they say will give him a happy life. They also speed up his growth and tell the parents that he will grow by “hours, not days”. The boy’s grandfather comes to visit and tries to give the boy working tools for later in life, but the gifts are refused by the parents and fairies, who tell him that the boy is already promised happiness and will have no need to work. The grandfather, unhappy by this, visits a scientist. The scientist uses a teleportation machine to teleport the grandfather to the gates of the Land of Happiness. The many fairies who are in charge of this land lead him on a tour. The ground is sticky with candy and the rivers run milk. School consists of the “summer holidays”, “fall holidays”, “winter holidays” and “spring holidays”. At old age, the entire day consists of sitting on rocking chairs.
Disgusted by what he sees, the grandfather runs away, pursued by the fairies who want him to come back. He manages to escape and runs back into the lab. After telling the scientist what he saw, and that he doesn’t want his grandchild to live in such a place, they decide to put a special lock on the gates of happiness.
The boy, unable to enter the Land of Happiness, must work for a living. The grandfather concludes that happiness is ‘when a person knows much, has many skills, and gives it all away to others.’”