Jim Henson's the Storyteller

Jim Henson's the Storyteller

The Complete Collection

DVD - 2003
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An anthology classic folk tales, fables and legends retold by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2003
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 9781404934870
1404934871
Branch Call Number: J DVD MOVIES JIM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 216 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Storyteller

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DUVIDL
May 06, 2017

If I could find a copy of this definitive collection, you could have the arm of a Philistine and the leg of Lady GaGa! PLUS MY FIRST AND SECOND BORN CHILD (soon as I have a first and second born child!) Contrary to what DAVIDf05 says, this series actually does present all the dark complexity of the Greek Myths without the mind-scrambling confusion of the full tales. True, they do alter some details here and there (for instance, Medusa would NOT be the dominate `sister` but a mindless, whimpering creature the other (true) Gorgons would be guarding (as commanded by Zeus), since she was a mortal woman punished by Aphrodite for her arrogance and blasphemous actions (which is why she could be slain.) But anyone who has delved into Ancient Mythology knows (Try Taking On Egyptian Mythology!), things do not run in a nice straight narrative but fly out in ever which direction, double back, then change details all over again.

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Davidf05
Apr 08, 2016

The Storyteller was originally seen on The Jim Henson Hour.
It is GREAT that these tales that were inspired by Jim Henson is on DVD.

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Janice21383
Nov 04, 2013

There are the same Jim Henson puppets, the same fine actors, and the same excellent scripts that don't avoid, but treat with delicacy adult content. So why don't I like the Greek Myths as much as the Folktales Storyteller? For one thing, the stories are hurried along, for budgetary and time reasons. The result is slightly cheap and choppy. For another, the myths are complex and downbeat, and almost require a fuller telling just to make sense. The best episode is Derek Jacobi's virtual one-man show as Daedalus. David Morrissey is an icy Theseus. (One question: why are the episodes out of order? In the first episode, the narrator and his dog are in the Cretan labyrinth, and in the last, they fall through the ceiling into it.)

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Janice21383
Apr 06, 2013

Soldiers and beggar maids, princesses and princes, monsters and hedgehogs, Jim Henson and John Hurt. If the world were anything like the way it ought to be, this series would be still on the air today.

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Davidf05
Apr 08, 2016

Davidf05 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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