Monday, February 28, 2011

Fairy Tale Fridays-The StoryTeller

Argh I'm so upset. I had this auto set up to post on Friday and it didn't. I had a super busy weekend and knew I couldn't get on to post. So this is a few days late but nevertheless here is my Friday Fairy Tale.

This week I decided to not read a tale but rather to watch a series of tales. I've been thinking about the old Henson show The Story Teller.....remember that? I have such fond memories of it. So I  was super excited that Netflix not only has it but it is available for streaming right to your computer. BTW if you don't have Netflix...GET IT! I swear it is the one of the best things we've ever done and all we do is stream movies we don't bother with the mail in DVDs.

I had some vague memories of a few of the stories but it all came flooding back as I watched. I haven't seen these since they first aired back in the late 80's but they still hold up and do not have the feeling of watching an 80's show. There were 9 tales in total but my favorite was The Soldier and Death. I remember that one from when I was little.

In The Soldier and Death a soldier receives a bag for an act of kindness. He can trap whatever he would like in the bag all he has to do is command it in there. He goes to a castle filled with demons and captures them making himself a very rich man and close personal friend to the king. Later on as the king is dying the man is able to capture death so the king may live. But it turns out that everyone will live. Soldiers fighting wars still live, young lovers who throw themselves off cliffs find themselves alive and have to crawl back up the cliffs. Eventually he sets Death free but after being trapped for so long Death is terrified of the old soldier and runs way from him. In the end the soldier is left alive to wander for eternity because neither Heaven nor Hell would welcome him.


Anonymous said...

I've always loved Henson, and especially the muppets. I've never seen any of The Storytellers, though. Maybe we didn't get that channel at the time and I just never thought about going back to watch them?

Tif said...

I've never even heard of this! I need to see if I can get my hands on it somehow!