Monday, October 12, 2009

The Storyteller

This is just a quick recommendation for those lovers of fables, myths, fairy tales, and Jim Henson.  Over the weekend I found that Netflix offers two really wonderful Jim Henson collections (via online streaming and by mail).  The first is called Jim Henson's the Storyteller (1987) and, although I have not made it though all nine 23 minute episodes, I have yet to be disappointed by a single story.  The other is called Jim Henson's the Storyteller: Greek Myths (1991).

To fans of the Muppet Show, this is not the light and airy fare you might expect from Henson. It is more in the vein of his The Dark Crystal film, which isn't to say that the humor is completely absent--it just isn't the focal point of the series.

Apparently, the first series won and was nominated for several awards--including an Emmy win:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Storyteller

Om shanti.