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The Storyteller [1998] (1 disc)
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Length:225 minutes
(3 hours 45 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:TV Show
IMDB Rating:8.6/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Family
  • Puppets
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Action
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Synopsis: A man with a dog tells stories of magic and wonder.


Reaction: Great for the entire family. The Jim Henson Workshop does a beautiful job at bringing these stories to life.


Personal Rating: 8/10


Highlights
"The Soldier and Death" and "Sapsorrow"

Select Guest Cast
Abigail Cruttenden => Princess (Hans My Hedgehog)
Ailsa Berk => Grovelhog (Hans My Hedgehog)
Helen Lindsay => Queen (Hans My Hedgehog)
Stephen Garlick => Young Grovelhog (voice) (Hans My Hedgehog)
Terence Harvey => Grovelhog (voice) (Hans My Hedgehog)
Alison Doody => Scraggletag / Sapsorrow (Sapsorrow)
Dawn French => Badsister 2 (Sapsorrow)
Geoffrey Bayldon => King (Sapsorrow)
James Wilby => Prince (Sapsorrow)
Jennifer Saunders => Badsister 1 (Sapsorrow)
Tim Barker => Minister (Sapsorrow)
Alun Armstrong => Troll (voice) (The True Bride)
Frederick Warder => Troll, Trollop (The True Bride)
Jane Horrocks => Anja (The True Bride)
Michael Kilgarriff => Lion (voice) (The True Bride)
Sandra Voe => Trollop (voice) (The True Bride)
Sean Bean => Prince (The True Bride)
Bob Peck => Soldier (The Soldier and Death)
John Franklyn-Robbins => Tzar (The Soldier and Death)
Walter Sparrow => Card Trick Beggar (The Soldier and Death)
Brenda Blethyn => Storyteller's Wife (A Story Short)
Bryan Pringle => Cook (A Story Short)
John Kavanagh => Beggar (A Story Short)
Elliott Spiers => Leo (The Heartless Giant)
Frederick Warder => Giant (The Heartless Giant)
Gemma Jones => Queen (The Heartless Giant)
Frederick Warder => Half Man (Fearnot)
Gabrielle Anwar => Lidia (Fearnot)
Mark Williams => Fearnot's Brother (Fearnot)
Reece Dinsdale => Fearnot (Fearnot)
Willie Ross => Tinker (Fearnot)
George Little => Griffin's Voice (The Luck Child)
Philip Jackson => King (The Luck Child)
Steven Mackintosh => Lucky (The Luck Child)
Joely Richardson => Princess (The Three Ravens)
Jonathan Pryce => King (The Three Ravens)
Miranda Richardson => Witch (The Three Ravens)
Select Cast and Crew
Charles Sturridge => Director
Jim Henson => Director
Jon Amiel => Director
Paul Weiland => Director
Peter Smith => Director
Steve Barron => Director
Anthony Minghella => Writer
Brian Henson => Storyteller's Dog
John Hurt => The Storyteller

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • As is typical in many fairy tales, the number "3" features in every episode of the series:
    {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 3 nights in order to break the curse. When she fails and he runs away, she searches the world and wears out 3 pairs of iron shoes in the process.
    {Fearnot} Fearnot comes from a family of 3 (father, brother and Fearnot) and was tricked by 3 bullies early in the story. It takes 3 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).
    {A Story Short} The Storyteller loses to the Beggar 3 times while playing Dice. He loses his money, his wife and his own self.
    {The Luck Child} Lucky survives 3 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).
    {The Soldier and Death} The Soldier helps 3 beggars and is rewarded each time. He also captures 3 geese the first time he uses the Magic Sack.
    {The True Bride} The girl completes 3 tasks given to her by the troll (with the help of the Thought Lion). The Lion also gives her 3 walnuts with gifts hidden inside to barter with the Trollop.
    {The Three Ravens} After the Princess's 3 brothers are transformed into ravens, she has to keep silent for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days to break the curse. She also gives birth to 3 sons after marrying the Prince.
    {Sapsorrow} Youngest of 3 daughters, Sapsorrow commissions the making of 3 dresses to stall the arranged marriage with her Father. She then wears those 3 dresses on 3 different nights to woo the Prince.
    {The Heartless Giant} Youngest of 3 princes, Leo tries to find the Heartless Giant that he released. On the way, he helps 3 animals (bird, fish and wolf) who later aid him. When Leo tries to find where the Giant's heart is hidden, he finds out on the third try.