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"The Storyteller" (1987) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1987-

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The Storyteller: :  -- An old storyteller and his sarcastic dog tell obscure fairtales.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
15 May 1988 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog. Full summary »
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Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Stories for grown up children.. See more (28 total) »

Cast

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John Hurt ... The Storyteller (9 episodes, 1987-1988)

Brian Henson ... Storyteller's Dog / ... (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
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Series Directed by
Steve Barron (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jim Henson (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Writing credits
Anthony Minghella (9 episodes, 1987-1988)

Jim Henson (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Martin G. Baker .... associate producer (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jim Henson .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Duncan Kenworthy .... producer (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Original Music by
Rachel Portman (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Cinematography by
John Fenner (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Film Editing by
David Yardley (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Colin Green (3 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Casting by
Debbie McWilliams (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Production Design by
Roger Hall (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ann Hollowood (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Polly Smith (7 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Makeup Department
Sally Sutton .... makeup supervisor (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Production Management
Chris Carr .... production supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / production supervisor: Jimi Henson's Creature Shop (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Donald Toms .... production manager (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barry Wasserman .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mark Layton .... third assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
Terry Madden .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
Callum McDougall .... key second assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Art Department
Dean Coldham .... plaster department (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Micky Mills .... props (9 episodes, 1987-1988)

Paul Bradburn .... props (unknown episodes)
John Davis .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Peter Sutton .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Steve Cookman .... post-production sound (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Nigel Read .... post-production sound (4 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Special Effects by
Jane Gootnick .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / special creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Stephenson .... creative supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mike Osborn .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ron Mueck .... special creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Geoff Paige .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Cas Willing .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Nigel Booth .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Stephen Norrington .... special creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Schoonraad .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dave Housman .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (4 episodes, 1988)
Steve Donald .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Verner Gresty .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Chris Barton .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1988)
Gary Pollard .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1988)
Paul Catling .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop / special creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Barrington-Holt .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
Pauline Fowler .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
Jim Sandys .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
Polly Smith .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
Nik Williams .... creature designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Taylor .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Sue Taylor .... post-production coordinator (4 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Other crew
Philip Morris .... production assistant (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
J. Nigel Pickard .... series consultant (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Monica Rogers .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lissa Ruben .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Brian Bailey .... production accountant (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jim Henson's The Storyteller" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
225 min (9 episodes) | 25 min (9 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jim Henson hadn't actually thought of having the Storyteller's Dog talk, but Anthony Minghella assumed from the outline that since this was a Henson project, any animals would talk, and thus the Storyteller had a talking dog.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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990) (TV)See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Stories for grown up children.., 1 January 2006
Author: Merlin242 from Sweden

I remember watching this show as a kid. It made quite an impression on me, to be honest I was absolutely spellbound.

Quite recently I obtained a DVD-release and was somewhat amazed: It was just as good as I remembered it! This is not simply a bad case of nostalgia, this show is definitely something above the ordinary. We might have struck gold here..

The show is in nine stand alone episodes based on nine old folktales. (Mostly Russian or German) Not so "kidified" as most recent versions, just a little bit cruel, but always with a happy ending (with 2 exceptions)

The special effects (especially the creature effects ) still look really good even in this time of photo-realistic computer animation. If you take into account that this is a TV-production from 1987 the effects are absolutely outstanding! They give a much more living impression than many computer generated creatures I have seen of late.

The actor performances are maybe not always of academy award winning standard.. but I can live with that, and most probably so can you. Not all nine episodes are masterpieces either, but some come very close to being just that. "The Soldier and Death" is in my opinion one of the best and appears to be the first choice of most other reviewers. "Sapsorrow" (their version of Cinderella) is also worth mentioning. Maybe not for it's greatness but for the most enjoyable Disney reference. Very amusing.

When this was aired it had the added title: "Stories for grown up children" and that is a good description of what this is. Maybe not for the very youngest but perfect for anyone else. Especially anyone interested in folktales or anything fantasy-like.

Highly recommended.

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