Jim Henson's The Storyteller

Season 1
 (288)
1989TV-PG
This beautifully realized, BAFTA-award winning anthology series features human actors alongside creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop in retellings of classic folk tales, fables, and legends from all over the world. Aided by his cynical dog, The Storyteller (performed by renowned actor John Hurt) narrates fascinating tales that combine humor, intrigue, and magic. Now digitally remastered!
Starring
John HurtBrian HensonSean Bean
Genres
DramaKidsFantasy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEspañol

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  1. 1. Hans the Hedgehog
    January 31, 1987
    24min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, Español
    Hans, a hedgehog-boy, feels ostracized in his town so he runs away. Twenty years later, Hans helps a king lost in the woods find his way back to his kingdom. The king rewards Hans with the first thing that the king will see when he re-enters his kingdom. But when the first thing he sees turns out to be his beautiful daughter, will despair take hold or can love prevail?
  2. 2. Fearnot
    October 26, 1987
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, Español
    Fearnot is a young man who is incapapble of feeling fear. He leaves his home and his true love to embark on a vast journey to experience the shudder of fear. No monster or creature that he meets, however horrible or terrifying, makes him afraid. It is only upon return that he learns that true fear exists in the places which are closest to us.
  3. 3. A Story Short
    January 22, 1988
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, Español
    The storyteller recalls his days of servitude to the king for bamboozling the royal cook out of a free meal. A story a day was his punishment - or else he'll boil in the cook's cauldron of oil! All goes well until the final day... when he can't think of a story to save his life!
  4. 4. The Luck Child
    April 16, 1988
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, Español
    Upon news of the birth of a Luck child - a peasant boy predicted by wise man to one day wear the crown - the cruel-hearted king seeks out the boy, pretending to take him under his terrible wing. Will luck indeed play a part in our hero's final destiny?
  5. 5. The Soldier & Death
    April 28, 1989
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, Español
    Returning from war, a young soldier trades his last biscuit for a magical sack... into which anything summoned will enter! Trapping devils and even death itself, the soldier brings peace to his country. But death soon proves a greater enemy captured than free!
  6. 6. The True Bride
    July 23, 1989
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, Español
    A girl who was adopted by an abusive troll finally is freed with the help of a white lion. When her betrothed does not return after a trip, the girl is grief-stricken to learn that the troll's sister had put a spell on him and plans to marry him. The white lion appears again and helps the girl by giving her three magical gifts.
  7. 7. The Three Ravens
    June 19, 1988
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, Español
    After using her powers to charm the widowed king into marrying her, an evil witch sees his children standing in the way of her power. She uncovers the children's secret hiding place and turns the three princes into ravens. The ravens tell the princess she cannot speak a word for three years, three months and three days or they will remain forever as birds.
  8. 8. Sapsorrow
    July 30, 1989
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, Español
    Upon fleeing her kingdom to escape an arranged marriage, the lovely Princess Sapsorrow toils in the kitchen of a faraway palace, disguised as an ugly hag. Her masquerade is no ball, as Sapsorrow has fallen in love with a prince, who sees her only as a peasant!
  9. 9. The Heartless Giant
    April 14, 1989
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, Español
    A young prince is tricked into helping a heartless giants escape fromo the king's dungeon. The evil giant unleashes teror across the land and those who go off to fight him never return. The young prince becomes the servant of the giant and tries to find where the giant's heart is hidden. But even if he were able to get the heart, can all be made right once more?

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Directors
Steve BarronJim HensonJon AmielPeter SmithCharles SturridgePaul Weiland
Supporting actors
Miranda RichardsonJonathan PryceJennifer SaundersGabrielle AnwarJane Horrocks
Season year
1989
Network
The Jim Henson Company
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

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Mrs. KReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Some of the finest stories ever told, and told extremely well
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My children loved these films. We've watched them multiple times over the years. They could be a bit scary for very small children.
11 people found this helpful
RustyReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best
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This show is fantastic. Wish they still made more.
9 people found this helpful
William of FloridaReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great stories for the family
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Another one of Jim Henson’s great works the stories are fantastic magical and filled with everything you dream of as a kid I highly recommend renting it and enjoying the stories with your kids and the whole family very relaxing before bed. Hope you enjoy them like I did.
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SeaStoneReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great stories ... especially if you're ever a story short.
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I have loved these shows so nice they first aired on TV. So happy they have been kept alive.
5 people found this helpful
JustJames73Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved these stories
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Watched the series on TV when I was younger and felt the need to watch them again. Wasn't disappointed.
5 people found this helpful
crystal widmerReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Times
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Jim Henson's The Storyteller, is a great watch if you haven't seen it. My children and I love these fable story's. We love that they are saved in our Amazon Prime Video to watch over again and again when we want to.
3 people found this helpful
NICEReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kids love it
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All time classic, kids love it
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J. WilliamsReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Download Freezes
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Downloaded this for my daughter to watch and it freezes constantly. The show itself is 5 stars but the download constantly freezing I can’t give it the stars.
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