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The Storyteller 

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

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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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Cast

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
Michael Kilgarriff ...  Lion / ... 2 episodes, 1987-1988
Peter Marinker ...  Devil / ... 2 episodes, 1988
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Barron was selected to direct the pilot, "Hans My Hedeghog". Jim Henson was already familiar with his work, because Barron directed two music videos for Labyrinth (1986). Barron persuaded Henson to shoot the series on 35mm film rather than video, and developed its unique visual style. All subsequent directors were told to absorb this style before directing their own installments. Series Writer Anthony Minghella even incorporated Barron's use of silhouettes years later when he directed The English Patient (1996). 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.
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #34.11 (2005) See more »

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Wonderful
9 September 2004 | by Jen175See all my reviews

This series is wonderful. It was bought for me when I was little, and I still love watching it. I know all the stories by heart, but I still get carried away in the magic and beauty of it all. It's hard to pick a favourite episode, but I'd have to say Sapsorrow is way up there. I guess I've always loved the pretty dresses and the mysterious way the beautiful princess transforms into a hideous creature. And the two bad sisters!- you can't help but love to hate them, and Jennifer Saunders is brilliant!

And whoever said that this series is 'insane' must be insane themselves, and have absolutely no idea about culture or about the magical world of stories.


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