Wednesday, September 3, 2008

One of the best forgotten shows from the 80s!


I had almost forgotten about Shelly Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater. Though I honestly have no idea how I could forget, it was one of the most awesome TV series ever made in my opinion. I'm not sure how Shelley convinced these huge stars to come on and make Faerie Tale episodes in the first place but what happened in the 26 episode series is pure magic.

If you've never seen Shelly Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater just try to imagine Robin Williams as the Frog in the Frog Prince (no not as the price... as the frog) or Carrie Fisher as Thumbalina. The entire series is filmed on these amazingly gorgeous old school theater sets something as you would imagine to see in a really great children's theater but on a much bigger beautiful scale. There are no CGI or the type of special affects you would expect to see these days so in a way the stories have a life all their own, not something you would see often these days as fantasy sets are soo expensive to create not to mention the amount of detail needed. The costumes used are no exception as well it reminds me a bit of the early Jim Henson work.

I had almost forgotten about the series all together until I saw the release date set. Then it dawned on me, my very first love affair with Tim Burton started with Beetlejuice and Faerie Tale Theater. He directed one of the episodes, Aladdin, and let me just tell you up front its nothing at all like the Disney version. Actually as a kid it scared the crap out of me and mesmerized me all at once. I honestly cant even begin to believe I forgot about it if your a Burton fan its worth every penny to buy the set just for that episode. You can see so much of his later work in just that one piece.

Its a great series if your just reliving it or if you have never seen it. I will note though some of the episodes may be a bit too much for young children. Though kids will love it it has a bit of adult humor in it here and there and some of the scenes in some of the darker fairy tales can get quite creepy.

Shelly Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater is available right now on Amazon!

I have one copy of Shelly Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater to give away to one reader!


To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Shelly Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater and tell me which actor from the featured ones are you most excited about seeing in this series?
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end September 30th at midnight!

137 Comments:

FawnGeorge said...

I really like Robin Williams. I've enjoyed his acting for years. I seen a Shelly Duvall show years ago with neet actors in it. I really enjoyed watching it. I hope I win. Love the Directors too. Pretty cool to get such neet Directors.

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Wehaf said...

I am most excited about Mick Jagger!

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Maureen said...

Susan Sarrandon (sp?).

Thanks... I too remember these shows now that you mention them and I'd love a copy of the DVD for my family.

Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

Deena said...

Oh, my word! I can't pick just one! I love them all...this was such a remarkable series, and so short lived!

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Will blog about it here:

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ElleBee said...

I remember this! I love Susan Sarandon, James Earl Jones and Robin Williams. This is such a cool giveaway.

stampedwithgrace said...

your button is on my blog :)

stampedwithgrace said...

we love Robin Williams!

elaina said...

Eighties flashback! Holy cow!

I love Billy Crystal so I'd love to see him in this! How exciting!

My husband is a few years older than I (hehehe) so he's be SUPER STOKED if I won this dvd.

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elaina said...

I am a subscriber!

elaina said...

Your button is on my blog as well.

S. Krishna said...

This sounds great! I'd say who I'm looking most forward to is Tim Burton (not an actor, I know). But I'm a HUGE Tim Burton fan!

mverno said...

always love robin williams

blueviolet said...

I'd love to see Billy Crystal in this. Billy Crystal and fairy tales just work together. Thanks for the chance. I remember this series well and it was superb.
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Elizabeth

blueviolet said...

I'm a subscriber too.
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Elizabeth

Rebecca said...

I am most excited to see Robin Williams, I love him!

I think I remember seeing these when I was younger.

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Rebecca said...

I am a subscriber

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agordon10 said...

I loved this series, Pee Wee as Pinochio is a favorite

Maja said...

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I'm looking forward to Robin Williams. He is so funny and cool.

Maja said...

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Abi said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Shelley Duvall in this series.
Oh, I'd love to win this series.

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Becky said...

I'd love to be entered. To answer your question, I'd go with Robin Williams.

Becky (laney_poATyahooDOTcom)

Becky said...

Here is my post about the contest.

http://blbooks.blogspot.com/2008/09/more-contest-fun.html

Becky (laney_poATyahooDOTcom)

Cherie J said...

Robin Williams because he is funny as well as being a talented actor.

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Sandy said...

billy crystal, he is funny and real

windycindy said...

My vote goes to Robin Williams! I used to watch this show a lot.
Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Cindi
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pink182 said...

i love tim burton films cause they are creepy romantic :&

Jenn S. said...

Billy Crystal. I 'd love to win this for our family. It was such a great series.

mommysweeps said...

Susan Sarandon,

mommysweeps said...

I am a subscriber

Anna said...

I'd love to win this! I think I'd be pretty excited to see Billy Crystal.

Anna said...

Your button is on my sidebar, too

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Tes283 said...

Shelly Duvall has such a way to make odd faces and sounds. I am really looking forward to it all, but her the most.

kimmyl said...

I love Susan Sarandon.

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chromiumman said...

robin williams

marleenandlouie said...

I vaguely remember this show and I liked it. Would love to win it to see if what I remember is realistic. thanks

lisawonbig said...

I have several of these (on VHS) and Robin Williams is very good! However, I somehow missed Mick Jagger! That sound like a must see! (Of course, I'd love having this on DVD now. My kids are grown up - no problem. This would be for me!)

Kari said...

Robin Williams without a doubt!

traymona said...

I'm excited about both Robin Williams (is there a better improv artist than him?) and Billy Crystal. Now that Billy Crystal has written books for his grandchildren, I'd really be interested in seeing what he might do next.
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Abby said...

Billy Crystal always does a good job!

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toughturtles said...

Robin Williams

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this. I am looking forward to Robin Williams. Looks fantastic! thank you!
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janene1627 said...

Who would I look forward to? All of them, Robin williams, Shelly Duvall,Susan. They lose their idendity and become characters. This is what makes me look forward to seeing them.

Ramya said...

hey.. i would love to be entered for this giveaway! hmm..about picking one author..that's a tough thing to do.. but i guess Robin Wiliam is my favorite among all others!

mudrash said...

Christopher Reeve would be choice. I am guessing my daughter would love to watch this too!

Thanks!

Ben

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furygirl3132 said...

I'm most looking forward to seeing Billy Crystal, but I would love to see all of these great actors in this series. Thanks so much for such a great opportunity!

Eloise
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Becca said...

As the third Rebecca to comment... :-) I loved these movies growing up. We watched Cinderella (I was in love with Matthew Broderick) and Sleeping Beauty (Susan Sarandon and Angelica Houston) many many times. In fact once my sister and got our first apartment we started buying the VHS tapes to try and collect them. We never got a whole set and she would LOVE this probably more than me! rebecca342 at gmail dot com

dbadour said...

I would like to see any of them but Robin Williams is so special.

Susan said...

My daughter loved this series. I'd love to see Elizabeth McGovern as Snow White.

Julie D said...

Oh! I love Robin Williams!

Julie D said...

You are in my sidebar.

Erica C. said...

Mick Jagger for sure!

Erin said...

Mick Jagger was in Faeire Tale Theater? You've got to be kidding me...

I remember several celebrity cameos, but not him. I LOVED it. My favorite episode was Snow White. I'd really enjoy this, thanks for the opportunity. :)

Anonymous said...

I think Angelica Houston is a great character acter and would love to see her work in this project.
Kris Hickey
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Mia J. said...

I would enjoy seeing Robin williams and Billy Crystal.

tgoly said...

I LOVED these when I was a kid. I remember them on Showtime and my favorite was Rapunzel. I seem to recall her eating radishes every way. If that's it, the radishes were the most memorable star for me. Chocolate covered radishes, yum. As far as actors, Robin Williams sticks out in my mind, but I'm sure there are others I can't think of, but would love to see. Great prize!!!

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Bradley Carver said...

I heard Tim Burton has something to do with it, but i don't know if he's actually in the show (if he was i'd definitley pick him!)? If he's not then I'd choose robin Williams. He alway brings good humor to the shows he's in.

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Becca said...

I also loved these when I was a kid. Did you realize that Michael Richards (Kramer) is in two of the episodes? I sure didn't. I'd love to win.
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Becca said...

You are in my Google Reader.
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Kristie said...

I've always loved Christopher Reeve!
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Sharon said...

Robin Williams for sure...thanks!

Sharon said...

have you on my sidebar at
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thanks

mogrill said...

I love Bernadette Peters! My favorite episode is the Three Little Pigs. Fantastic series!

Ladytink_534 said...

I’m most excited about seeing Robin Williams as the Frog Prince. I was watching these on YouTube for awhile until that person’s account got suspended when this was released on DVD.

judybrittle said...

We love Robin Williams and I know he would make a great prince.Thank you so much for the chance to win this!

judybrittle said...

I'm subscribed

janetfaye said...

I am most excited about seeing Robin Williams,he is one of my favorite actors.

Thank You!

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janetfaye said...

Your button is on my sidebar.

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TheAngelForever said...

I am also a huge Robin Williams fan and would love to see him in the Frog Prince. Thanks for the great giveaway!

TheAngelForever said...

I also subscribe to your RSS feed :)

Ginny said...

I love Tim Burton!

I'm most looking forward to seeing Howie Mandell, how funny. Robin Williams has to be great. I dont really remember this show, I think I was 4 when it came out. It is totally something me & my girls would love though!

Ginny said...

I blogged ~
http://momcontests.blogspot.com/2008/09/shelly-duvalls-faerie-tale-theater.html

I'm also a bloglines subscriber

miriama said...

We adore Robin Williams and this would be fantastic!

yyeres said...

robin williams!

Anonymous said...

I love Shelly Duvall. I have her DVD "Bedtime Stories"

Pat Connors said...

Robin Williams

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valerie2350 said...

Robin Williams!

pootieposh said...

I loved the Thumbelina story as a child, so I would love to see Carrie Fischer.
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Alyssa said...

I love pretty much everything Robin Williams does. These look so fun!

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shiloh said...

Robin Williams as the Frog Prince was one of my favorites.

LINDALSHOT said...

Carrie Fisher

Teresa said...

I would love to see Robin Williams in this movie! He always seems bring something great into every film he's in!

Not the Queen said...

I absolutely adored this series as a kid! I have been waiting for this to come out on DVD for a long time. I'd love to see Bernadette Peters again! Although, Pee Wee made a fantastic Pinocchio. And Matthew Broderick as Prince Charming? Wonderful!

gkstratos said...

Angelica Houston. Loved her in Witches.
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Jenny said...

I love Robin Williams! He can do anything.

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noreen said...

the "Three Little Pigs" with Jeff Goldblum
I never saw these but i want to now

Annemarie said...

I watched this show when I was a kid. I adored it. My favorites were the aladdin episode and the snow queen one. I posted about it too!
http://rootbeerlove.blogspot.com/2008/09/faerie-tale-theatre-giveaway.html

kamewh said...

I really like Robin Williams!

Aisling said...

You're absolutely right that this was a great series for a whole bunch of reasons. Everyone in our family recognizes Robin Williams so I'm sure he would be our favorite. (Even as a frog.)

LeeAnn P. said...

Mick Jagger. I love him as an actor! But Christopher Reeves too for sentimental reasons.

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Anonymous said...

I would love to see Shelley Duvall.

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fancyfeet48 said...

To answer your question, I'd go with Robin Williams

Jayfr said...

Robin Williams as a frog - I would really like to see this.

Beth said...

I adore this series. I especially likes Matthew Broderick as the prince to Jennifer Beals' Cinderella.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice--but bittersweet--to see Christopher Reeve again in better days as Prince Charming.

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bison61 said...

Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams

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Felicia said...

Robin Williams!

Linda said...

I really want to see Bernadette Peters & Christopher Reeve as Sleeping Beauty & Prince Charming!
Good luck everyone!
Thank you for hosting the giveaway!
Linda

Amy said...

Howie Mandel as Wienerhead Waldo is a classic!

novaceleste said...

Robin Williams is awesome. I can't wait!! Thanks for the contest and congrats tot the winner!!

SeahorseLady said...

It has to be Robin Williams for me. He's a fantastic actor.
Thanks for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Felicia said...

Robin Williams!

carol drury said...

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robin williams is always a favorite

Jinxy and Me said...

Definitely Billy Crystal!

Erica said...

I'd like to see Jeff Goldblum. He is so quirky and such a great actor. I wonder what he would do with his part.

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Anonymous said...

jeff goldblum

vboackle said...

robin williams.

Cole said...

Paul Reubens as Pinnochio was so memorable as a child I would love to relive the experience.

Ken said...

I loved Pee Wee Herman as the lovable puppet, Pinochio. Please accept my entry.

stowelljg said...

What can I say!

Michelle said...

I used to watch these with my mom when I was about 12 or 13. My favorite was The Princess and the Pea with Liza Minnelli. ;)

dwhogan said...

good luck to all

Karen said...

Robin Williams :)

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Victoria L said...

Great Contest.
I think I would enjoy seeing Christopher Reeves and Bernedett Peters.

Good Luck Everyone.

klp1965 said...

robin williams im his biggest fan :)

pancak said...

I look forward to the entire series, but mostly Billy Crystal; he is just hilarious!

booklover said...

I want to see the Cinderella episode (my favorite fairy tale) which stars Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Beals and Prince Charming and Cinderella, but the most interesting star in this episode seems to be Eve Arden as the Stepmother

Anne said...

Loved the show when I was young. Would love to share with the kids!

Jaime C. said...

I too am most excited about Mick Jagger!

Renee' Simmons said...

I think it would be great to see Christopher Reeve in this movie, I forgot he was even in it until I went to the movie link.

Thank you for this opportunity!

artmarcia said...

Paul Reubens will be hilarious as Pinocchio. If I don't win this I will probably have to go out and buy it!

walters123 said...

Robin Williams.

Thanks.

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Steph said...

Billy Crystal

sandra jensen said...

I remember this show! Love to see Howie Mandell before his deal or no deal persona.

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Erma said...

Robin Williams without a doubt! Thanks
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stephanie said...

omigosh this brings back memories, i didnt even remember this to look it up to see if it was on dvd. my sister & i watched this religiously. i also fell in love with tim burton with this series, and watch beetlejuice at least once a week (can you believe its been 20 years already??). the cinderella story was always my favorite version.

Gianna said...

Robin Williams

guettel78 said...

Definitely would like to see Jeff Goldblum as the wolf in "Three Little Pigs" -- he always makes such quirky acting choices that I'm sure he put his own spin on the role. Loved this series as a kid - thanks for the chance to win!

Mary said...

Robin Williams

justicecw said...

I don't remember this but I would love to share it with my son! Looking forward to seeing Robin Williams the most. thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Robin Williams

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Jayme Isaacs said...

I'm Excited About Seeing Christopher Reeves,ray_jay_1983@yahoo.com.

Jayme Isaacs said...

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Stephanie Bruce said...

We would love to win! Thanks for a great giveaway!

thriftycook said...

I would love to see Mary Steenburgen in the Little Red Riding Hood episode. Would you please enter me in your giveaway?

bndraldy said...

This was a wonderful series!!! I am most excited about seeing Robin Williams. He is one of my favorite actors.
Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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