An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog.

Creator:

Jim Henson
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1989   1988   1987  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
John Hurt ...  The Storyteller 9 episodes, 1987-1988
Brian Henson ...  Storyteller's Dog / ... 9 episodes, 1987-1988
Frederick Warder ...  Giant / ... 3 episodes, 1987-1988
David Greenaway David Greenaway ...  Badger / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Robert Tygner Robert Tygner ...  Badger / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Alistair Fullarton Alistair Fullarton ...  Death / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Mak Wilson ...  Badger / ... 3 episodes, 1988
Diana Payan Diana Payan ...  Miller's Wife / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Robin Summers Robin Summers ...  Jailer / ... 2 episodes, 1987-1988
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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' 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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Lisa Henson had taken a course in folklore as an undergraduate at Harvard, and suggested to her father Jim that he could use his creature shop to accurately realize these tales, and exploit the visual aspects of the stories. See more »

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The Storyteller: Ears pricked that shouldn't've.
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #3.1 (1990) See more »

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Hopelessly underrated. Bloody Brilliant
28 May 1999 | by Edu-16See all my reviews

Although the Soldier's story was the best - they were all marvellous. Good stories, well told, and despite the animatronics, taken seriously by the actors.

It was tucked away on Channel 4 in the UK. I missed one or two of them, but where as most rubbish gets repeated ad nausium - Storyteller wasn't. Typical.

Do not miss out. If this is on - tape it !


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Henson's The Storyteller See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(9 episodes) | (9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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