An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
3,857 ( 371)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1989   1988   1987  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Storyteller: Greek Myths (TV Mini-Series 1990)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A storyteller in a labyrinth tells his dog the stories of Perseus and Medusa, Icarus and Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Orpheus and Euridyce.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Brian Henson, David Greenaway
Inside the Labyrinth (TV Movie 1986)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A behind-the-scenes look at the David Bowie film Labyrinth (1986), also featuring director Jim Henson and co-star Jennifer Connelly.

Director: Desmond Saunders
Stars: Jim Henson, David Bowie, Charles Augins
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The marriage of young, ambitious writer Nico Thomkins with Helen, coming from a rich family, is nothing more than a hardly concealed love-hate relationship. Because of Nico's aggressiveness... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Boldt
Stars: Udo Schenk, Anke Sevenich, Christine Kaufmann
Grim Tales (TV Series 1989)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

Comedian and actor Rik Mayall energetically narrates a series of stories adapted from the tales written by the Brothers Grimm

Stars: Rik Mayall
Ginga: Nagareboshi gin (TV Series 1986)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

An Akita-Inu puppy is destined to defend his people against a monstrous bear.

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An inventive fusion of documentary, story, artwork and animation. Despite the fact that myth has always existed, surprisingly few people today are aware of even the classic myths or the ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Boe, Whitney Boe
Stars: Mark Hamill, Tim Curry, Lance Henriksen
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 The Storyteller (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
...
 Storyteller's Dog / ... (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
...
 Giant / ... (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Greenaway ...
 Badger / ... (3 episodes, 1988)
Robert Tygner ...
 Badger / ... (3 episodes, 1988)
Alistair Fullarton ...
 Death / ... (3 episodes, 1988)
...
 Badger / ... (3 episodes, 1988)
Diana Payan ...
 Miller's Wife / ... (2 episodes, 1988)
Robin Summers ...
 Jailer / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
...
 Lion / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
...
 Devil / ... (2 episodes, 1988)
Edit

Storyline

A variety of European folk tales are retold in nine new stories. A soldier captures Death in a magic sack. A fearless young man sets out to learn to shudder. A boy with a destiny that frightens a tyrant is sent on an impossible task that will see him wed the princess, or dead. A storyteller must spin tales to stay alive. A woman bears a hedgehog-child who grows up to live alone in a castle until he does a king a favor and gets the princess's hand in return. A princess must keep silent while she works to free her brothers from an evil spell. A princess runs away from wedding her father and disguises herself as an ugly forest creature. A young boy must overcome a heartless giant. A princess searches the earth for her stolen bridegroom. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jim Henson's The Storyteller  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(9 episodes) | (9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve Barron was selected to direct the pilot, "Hans My Hedeghog". Jim Henson was already familiar with his work, because Barron directed two music videos for Labyrinth (1986). Barron persuaded Henson to shoot the series on 35mm film rather than video, and developed its unique visual style. All subsequent directors were told to absorb this style before directing their own installments. Series Writer Anthony Minghella even incorporated Barron's use of silhouettes years later when he directed The English Patient (1996). See more »

Quotes

The Storyteller: [opening lines] When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories, the best place by the fire was kept for... The Storyteller.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #3.1 (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The best
19 January 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is the best television series for children (and adults) ever. John Hurt is a great actor, with many excellent performances over many years, but he was born to play the storyteller. The scripts for almost every episode are superb pieces of craftsmanship, and the productions run the gamut of the emotions, being alternately funny, sad, happy, exciting, and always hauntingly beautiful. It is hard to pick a best episode from so many excellent contenders, but "The Soldier and Death", with its timeless pathos, is unbeatable. It is a series to watch with your children, over and over again.


33 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?