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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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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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Runtime:

(9 episodes) | (9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In folklore, three parts often represent the past, the present, and the future (which are mentioned in the introduction narration). However, it also used to be interpreted as a cycle of life: life, death, and rebirth. The number three featured in every episode of the series: The Soldier and Death - The Soldier helps three beggars and is rewarded each time. He also captures three geese the first time he uses the magic sack. Fearnot - Fearnot comes from a family of three (father, brother, and Fearnot) and is tricked by three bullies early in the story. It takes three encounters before he finally learns how to shudder (encountering the swamp creature, the half-demon in the castle, and the thought of losing his sweetheart). The Luck Child - Lucky survives three attempts on his life by the wicked King (thrown over a cliff, sent to the castle with a letter instructing the Queen to kill him, and being sent to the Griffin's lair). A Story Short - The Storyteller loses to the Beggar three times while playing dice. He loses his money, his wife, and his own self. Hans My Hedgehog - The Princess, after marrying the Grovelhog, learns he sheds his quills each night, and she has to keep it a secret for three nights, in order to break the curse. When she fails and he runs away, she searches the world and wears out three pairs of iron shoes in the process. The Three Ravens - After the Princess' three brothers are transformed into ravens, she has to keep silent for three years, three months, three weeks, and three days to break the curse. She also gives birth to three sons after marrying the Prince, and speaks three minutes before noon (calling out three times) on the appointed day. Sapsorrow - Youngest of three daughters, Sapsorrow commissions the making of three dresses to stall the arranged marriage with her father. She then wears those dresses on three different nights to woo the Prince. The Heartless Giant - Youngest of three Princes, Leo tries to find the Heartless Giant that he released. On the way, he helps three animals (bird, fish, and wolf) who later aid him. When Leo tries to find where the Giant's heart is hidden, he finds out after three tries. The True Bride - Anja completes three tasks given to her by the Troll with the help of the Thought Lion. The Lion also gives her three walnuts with gifts hidden inside to barter with the Trollop. See more »

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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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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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