The Storyteller: Season 1, Episode 5

Hans My Hedgehog (31 Jan. 1987)

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A farmer's wife wishes to have a child so badly she doesn't care what it looked like. And as if by a miracle, she does get pregnant but the child, Hans, looks like a cross between a human ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Eric Richard ...
Maggie Wilkinson ...
Farmer's Wife
David Swift ...
Abigail Cruttenden ...
Robin Summers ...
Ailsa Berk ...


A farmer's wife wishes to have a child so badly she doesn't care what it looked like. And as if by a miracle, she does get pregnant but the child, Hans, looks like a cross between a human and a hedgehog. Nicknamed 'Grovelhog' by the other children and unaccepted by his father, Hans asks for a saddle for his giant chicken and leaves. Twenty years later a king who has lost his way stumbles upon the Grovelhog's castle. The creature helps the king find his way home, but demands to receive something in return: the first thing that greets the king on his way home... Written by The TV Archeaologist

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31 January 1987 (USA)  »

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The Storyteller: Well, this king woke up the next morning after a night of the kind of dreams you only dream about. And he opened his eyes and almost yanked off his ear because he found himself under a tree which certainly wasn't where he'd fallen asleep. And more confusing: it was a tree from which he could see the edge of his kingdom. And he began to dance as only kings once lost and then found can dance: a jig, a jiggle-joggle and a leap.
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23 July 2009 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I just saw this again for the 4th time, and its amazing how beautiful a story/episode this is. From the sad beginning when the mother is heartbroken that her son leaves her, to 20 years later when the princess (all loveliness and pie) is forced to marry the "grovelhog". And the final chapter when she walks around the world, wearing down three pairs of iron shoes to look for her husband. So much story and depth in less than half an hour.

And of course, our good friend the story teller, who tells the story in a way you can't stop listening, and manages to put himself inside it (a handsome storyteller was in the court...)

A story that starts will hello and ends with goodbye and is very beautiful

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