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?


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 »


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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TV at it's finest
1 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Beautiful art direction, excellent editing and wonderful stories make this some of the best television ever produced. The fact that it was relatively short lived is sadly reflective on the state of television. I highly recommend snatching these up as they're released, you'll love them.

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