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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This was the first story to be shot and served as a pilot episode before the other 8 were green-lit. As such, the other directors who followed Steve Barron
were encouraged to use the same visual style Barron originated. The Storyteller's make-up is different and heavier in places in this installment, and his dog's voice is noticeable deeper. See more
[hearing a guard tell the king an army of animals is approaching the day after he reminded the king he'd have to give his princess to the Grovelhog