Monday, May 23, 2005

"The Storyteller" by Jim Henson

Bede and I are about half-way through our DVD of Jim Henson's The Storyteller. There are nine episodes of lesser-known fairy tales done with a mixture of live-actors and muppet-like creatures. We have enjoyed them, and thought the stories faithful to the originals for the most part. However, the episode ending to "Fearnot" (also known as "The Boy Who Left Home to Find out About the Shivers" is quite different from the original telling. You can read an excellent translation in Ralph Manheim's Grimms' Tales for Young and Old.

Addendum: Here is the text of "The Story of a Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear," which is in essence the same story. However, the title is a bit misleading, as the boy never does learn about fear, but rather, the physical effects of fear, i.e. shivering and shuddering.

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