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. Bottle, and tells him that great fortune will befall him if he gets married.
Maria's father is helpless to stop them, and Maria copes as best as she can, because she does not want to bother her father.
One day during a royal hunt, the prince of their kingdom separates from his fellow hunters as he chases after a white stag.
Eventually he loses sight of the stag, but catches sight of Mary-Lou bathing in the woods and bullying Maria with her bossiness, eventually slapping her.
When Mary-Lou stalks off to change, the prince approaches the crying Maria to comfort her.
Once Upon a Time is the English title of the 1973 animated musical film Maria d'Oro und Bello Blue written and directed by Roberto Gavioli and Rolf Kauka.
Other titles used for the film include Der Zauberstein (The Garnet Stone) and Cinderella's Wonderland.The film was originally released in German, but has been dubbed in various other languages, including English.The story is based on the German fairytale "Frau Holle", or "Mother Hulda".A comic book adaptation, drawn by Gino Gavioli (the director's brother), was published in Kauka's magazine Fix und Foxi shortly before the film's release.The film itself was initially accompanied by the Fix und Foxi short Symphonie in Müll (Symphony in garbage). Bottle, and her only companion is her dog, Bello Blue.Maria is a kind-hearted, gentle-natured girl who always helps others and is well-loved.