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The Storyteller 

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

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

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 Storyteller's Dog / ... 9 episodes, 1987-1988
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 Giant / ... 3 episodes, 1987-1988
David Greenaway ...
 Badger / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Robert Tygner ...
 Badger / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Alistair Fullarton ...
 Death / ... 3 episodes, 1988
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 Badger / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Diana Payan ...
 Miller's Wife / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Robin Summers ...
 Jailer / ... 2 episodes, 1987-1988
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 Devil / ... 2 episodes, 1988
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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

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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Jim Henson's The Storyteller  »

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(9 episodes) | (9 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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It took Anthony Minghella two years to research, write and perfect the nine screenplays for this series. See more »

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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.
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Featured in The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990) See more »

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Classic and beautiful
31 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Storyteller is a series that will age well, despite some use of primitive computer generated effects. It appeals to young and old, as long as there is still a sense of wonder and magic in the individual. It is beautifully, lyrically written and based on ancient stories that have been thoroughly researched. The actors are magnificent, as are the creatures which Jim Henson's team creates. The medieval score lends an authenticity to each episode and is thoroughly enchanting in its own right. There is a richness to the series that is not found in Disney, as there is no attempt to dumb down the stories for children. The best episodes are "The Three Ravens", "Straggletag" and "The Soldier and Death".


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