HBO Storybook Musicals

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HBO Storybook Musicals
Genre Animation
special
Starring Various
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 18
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) HBO
Michael Sporn Animation
Klasky Csupo (episode 6)
Cinar ("The Real Story of...")
Random House (episode 18)
Distributor HBO
Warner Bros. Television
DHX Media ("The Real Story of...")
First Run Features (episode 3, 7, 8)
Release
Original network HBO
Picture format 4:3
Original release November 18, 1987 – December 8, 1993

HBO Storybook Musicals is a series of television specials first airing on HBO, and now airing on HBO Family, combining animation that is true to the original storybook's illustrations, plus high-spirited songs from musical songwriters.

Episodes

The first four episodes originally aired as individual, stand-alone TV specials; the HBO Storybook Musicals branding was introduced with the fifth episode. 18 episodes of HBO Storybook Musicals aired from 1987 to 1993.

No. Title Original release date
1 "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile: The Musical" November 18, 1987 (1987-11-18)
The Primm family grows fond of a crocodile left in their new home by its previous owners. Based on The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber.
2 "The Story of the Dancing Frog" October 3, 1989 (1989-10-03)
George the Dancing Frog brings joy to Gertrude, a lonely widow. Narrated by Amanda Plummer.
3 "The Red Shoes" February 7, 1990 (1990-02-07)
The Hans Christian Andersen tale is given a modern setting in the story of Lisa, a little black girl who learns the value of friendship with help from a pair of magic slippers. Narrated by Ossie Davis.
4 "Earthday Birthday" April 22, 1990 (1990-04-22)
The Zwibble-Dibbles are star-touched dinosaurs who live in an idyllic woodland. Dismayed by the pollution of the planet, they plan a birthday party for the Earth so that children can learn about, and appreciate, its fragile beauty. Featuring the voices of Christopher Reeve, Fred Gwynne, and Lainie Kazan.
5 "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" September 10, 1990 (1990-09-10)
When newfangled equipment threatens to put Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne out of business, they take on the challenge of digging a cellar in one day, and find a community that appreciates their skills. Starring the voice of Robert Klein.
6 "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" October 2, 1990 (1990-10-02)
The story of a boy's bad experiences during the course of a day.
7 "The Marzipan Pig" November 5, 1990 (1990-11-05)
A marzipan pig falls behind a sofa and is lost. In his loneliness, the pig's feelings of love reach out, in a strange chain of events, to an owl, a mouse, and a hibiscus flower. Narrated by Tim Curry.
8 "The Little Match Girl" December 6, 1990 (1990-12-06)
The Hans Christian Andersen classic is given present-day relevance and an upbeat ending in this story of Angela, a homeless child who sells match sticks to survive. Narrated by F. Murray Abraham.
9 "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" June 11, 1991 (1991-06-11)
Carol Burnett narrates Beatrix Potter's story of a mischievous rabbit named Peter, who can't resist Mr. McGregor's garden and almost ends up in a pie.
10 "Ira Sleeps Over" November 6, 1991 (1991-11-06)
Ira has been invited to stay overnight at his best friend Reggie's house. But what will Reggie think if Ira sleeps with his teddy bear Tah Tah? Ira makes a difficult decision, only to discover that Reggie has his own little secret.
11 "A Child's Garden of Verses" April 3, 1992 (1992-04-03)
Childhood illness has confined young Robbie to bed, but it cannot confine his remarkable imagination, which he uses to experience life.

These specials are not officially considered a part of the HBO Storybook Musicals series, but they were branded as such when they aired on HBO; the specials haven't been shown on HBO since 1998.

No. Title Original release date
1 "The Ice Queen's Mittens" October 2, 1991 (1991-10-02)
Freezelda the Ice Queen needs warm mittens, so three kittens had better look out. Part of "The Real Story of..." series.
2 "Spider Junior High" October 16, 1991 (1991-10-16)
Spider Junior High students try to scare their human counterparts. Part of "The Real Story of..." series.
3 "The Prince's Rain" November 13, 1991 (1991-11-13)
A selfish prince is taught a lesson about caring and love when he tries to fool Mother Nature. Part of "The Real Story of..." series.
4 "The Runaway Teapot" December 4, 1991 (1991-12-04)
"Alice in Wonderland" in a modern-day setting in New York City. Part of "The Real Story of..." series.
5 "The Rise and Fall of Humpty Dumpty" December 18, 1991 (1991-12-18)
Humpty Dumpty tries to save a princess from an evil witch. Part of "The Real Story of..." series.
6 "Happy Birthday to You" January 4, 1992 (1992-01-04)
Olivia wants a special song for her birthday, but who will write it—her tone-deaf caretaker, or a musically talented new friend? Part of "The Real Story of..." series.
7 "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale" December 8, 1993 (1993-12-08)[2]
Emily the mouse has an adventure when she decides to visit her cousin Alexander in New York City for Christmas.[1]

References

  1. ^ HBO Guides — December 1993
  2. ^ 03 Dec 1993, Page 42 - The Courier-Journal at Newspapers.com
  • Erikson, H. "HBO Storybook Musicals" in Television Cartoon Shows. 2nd Ed. McFarland. 2005. vol 1. pp 397-8. Google Books.
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