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 »





Series cast summary:
 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
 Devil / ... 2 episodes, 1988


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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Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jim Henson's The Storyteller  »

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(9 episodes) | (9 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Henson originally wanted the Storyteller to be a puppet. Ron Mueck even designed and built a puppet head to try out this concept, but after he tested what an actor could look like with prosthetic facial changes, he suggested it would be more effective to have a live actor. Sir John Hurt was given a somewhat puppet-like appearance, with a prosthetic nose, sizable ears, and much make-up. See more »


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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Referenced in Wide Awake Club: Episode dated 14 May 1988 (1988) See more »

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Henson's best since "The Dark Crystal"!
7 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is perhaps the best thing from Jim Henson since he did "The Dark Crystal".It's dark,brooding,and beautifully done. There are no cutesy poo monsters dancing around breaking out into broadway-esque songs. These are based on folk-tales from Britain, Scandinavia and Russia. There is not one episode I dislike. If you want more brooding fantasies from Jim Henson, also watch some segments from "Jim Henson HOUR".

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