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Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths back to product details

Good for me, but better for younger viewers.
written by Moriarty March 22, 2005 - 6:09 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I had seen snippets from Jim Henson's Storyteller series years ago during some kind of tribute to him on TV. They left enough of an impression that years later I jumped at the chance to get my hands on them. That said, I have to say I was a bit let down by this offering.
I guess, growing up with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, I had expected something with a bit more wimsy. That's not to say that this was a bad disk at all. I think I was just hoping for more Muppet goodness.
Anyway, these were actually very well done. The disk contains four shows each being about a seperate Greek myth. The story mostly unfolds through live action, and is interspersed with a narrator and his Muppet dog. The narrator is played by Michael Gambon, the most recent incarnation of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He does a very nice job of narrating the stories. And his dog provides the point of view of a younger viewer, asking questions and helping to move the story along.
The acting in general is decent, if exaggerated in some cases. And the production values aren't too bad either. Not big budget stuff, but it does set the scene nicely. And I have to say that the make up for the creatures is very well done. I just wish there were more of it.
Overall, I'd say this disk would be a good way to introduce younger children to Greek mythology. A topic I loved as a child. Just keep in mind that Greek myths don't have the happy endings of Disney and this series doesn't sugar coat the stories and you should be alright.


(Average 6.60)
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