(This is a guest post from our very own Jonathan McLeod!)
The other day, the wife and I were watching television when an ad for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters came on. Darlene remarked that we don’t really see the dark Grimm-esque fairy tales much these days, which, in turn, caused me to reminisce about an old TV show set up as a troupe of actors who traveled around performing (often grim) fairy tales. It was a fairly low-budget show, which just added to the creepy factor.
Of course, I could not remember what it was.
After much – much – Googling, Darlene stumbled upon an old show called Story Theatre. She opened up Youtube and within a second of the them coming on, I exclaimed, “that’s it!” Then, within a second of the start of the episode, I exclaimed, “I remember this one!”
It’s a tad strange what gets logged in your noggin.
Upon further investigation, it struck me just how many prominent-enough actors were involved in this seemingly-forgotten show (including Alan Alda). In retrospect, it could be considered a rather significant show, and one that might never be replicated today.
So I’ll leave you with a few questions. Does anyone else remember this show? What other semi-forgotten shows from your childhood still pop into your head now and then? Is there any chance that this sort of kids show could be made today (or is there something comparable?) or are we just stuck with the likes of Caillou?