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Jim Henson's The Storyteller: The Complete Collection

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The first series of the 1988 fantasy show.

One of Jim Henson's finest hours was theStorytellerseries that first aired on HBO in 1987. As with his other non-Muppet creations (Labyrinth), Henson fills the screen with wonderful creatures that have a wisp of a J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy. This collection … see full wiki

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Together At Last.

  • Jan 15, 2004
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I grew up watching Jim Henson shows: from SESAME STREET to THE MUPPET SHOW to FRAGGLE ROCK. However, THE STORYTELLER remains the Henson series that I remember most vividly and I believe it had a huge influence upon my life, illustrating to me the power of a good story and that fairy tales really do make great television viewing. Only about half of the nine episodes collected here originally aired in the U.S. The rest aired nearly a year later. The episodes in the series (and on the DVD) are as follows:

"Hans My Hedghog"--a story about a boy born half human/half hedgehog. The boy leaves home, builds a castle, and grows into an adult. He eventually saves a king's life and marries the king's daughter. Through the relationship, the princess learns lessons about the negative power of gossip and how truth and love can conquer all.

"The True Bride"--a princess has her fiance taken away by a female troll. The story illustrates the power of true love.

"Fearnot"--Fearnot is a young man who has no fear. Monsters and people with axes are nothing but curiosities to him. After searching the world to learn fear, he is shown what true fear is by the person he loves most.

"The Luck Child"--On the birth of the 7th son of a 7th son, a prophet predicts that the child will one day be king. The cruel king does everything in his power to kill the youth, but is unsuccessful at every turn. The evil king eventually learns that greed is not good.

"Sapsorrow"--a twisted version of the Cinderella story where a young woman weaves a cloak of animal fur and feathers and runs away after she is supposed to marry her father. She becomes a fearful and loathsome creature but helps a prince destroy his pride.

"The Three Ravens"-- a story about a wicked witch who marries a king a secretly turns his three sons into Ravens. The king's daughter discovers the truth and is the only person who can break the witch's evil spell.

"The Heartless Giant"--a sad story about a boy who risks all to give a heartless giant his heart back.

"The Soldier and Death"--this is my favorite STORYTELLER episode. It's about a soldier who through his kindness is given a magic sack. Using the sack, the soldier captures food, demons, and eventually even Death. However, a sinful world without death isn't necessarily a perfect world. This episode was directed by Jim Henson.

"A Story Short"--the only story where the Storyteller himself is the main character. He tells the tale of the time when he was a court storyteller and was forced to tell a story a day for a year, but came up on the last day a story short.

The only negative thing about this DVD is that there are no special features. However, that's a minor point. The main thing is that all episodes are now together at last.

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Jim Henson's The Storyteller ~ The Complete Collection (1987)
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Premiere Date: May 15, 1988
Description: An old man tells his talking pet dog about folk tales and legends.
Genre: Children
Studio: Sony Home Entertainment, Jim Henson Associates, Jim Henson Company, TVC Television
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