Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre

Showtime (ended 1987)
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  • show Description
  • Faerie Tale Theatre gives us a chance to view Faerie Tales in a different way. Some of the best actors and actresses have given their awesome talents to create unforgettable movies that can be purchased and rented from video stores. You'll love the many beautiful sets, beautiful characters, beautiful everything! One cannot help but cherish an episode from Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. Shelley Duvall did an excellent, excellent, excellent job of gathering amazing casts for each episode and turning them into famed faerie tale characters.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 3

    The Dancing Princesses

    Aired 11/14/87

  • S 6 : Ep 2

    The Little Mermaid

    Aired 4/6/87

  • S 6 : Ep 1

    Rip Van Winkle

    Aired 3/23/87

  • S 5 : Ep 2

    The Princess Who Had Never Laughed

    Aired 8/11/86

  • S 5 : Ep 1

    Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp

    Aired 7/14/86

  • Cast & Crew
  • Susan Sarandon


  • Paul Dooley

    Hansel and Gretel's Father

  • Jeff Goldblum

    Big Bad Wolf

  • Matthew Broderick

    Prince Henry

  • Bernadette Peters

  • Top Contributor
  • RoxieVelma

    User Score: 732


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (42)

    • The Princess: Turn around, you horny toad.

    • The Princess: I'm not as stupid as I look!

    • Witch:: I'm gonna find that man (walks up to Macaw Pierrot) and when I do, i'm gonna...
      Pierrot:: Come at Night, My Prince!
      Witch:: (in shock) WHAT DID YOU SAY!?
      Pierrot:: Come at Night, My Prince!!
      Rapunzel:: (horrified) Pierrot....
      Witch:: (turns enraged to Rapunzel)
      All Right!! All right, where is he!? Where are you hiding him!!?
      Rapunzel:: (Stands on bed)
      But mother there's no one here!
      Don't you lie to me, you know, you can't lie to me!! (overturns blankets on bed and finds the Silk ladder, Rapunzel was weaving, she holds it up in confusion) WHAT'S THIS!!?
      Pierrot:: I think, I Love You! Rapunzel, will you Marry Me?
      Witch:: (her worst fears confirmed)

    • (The Witch has her imps wall up the door to the Tower, sealing Rapunzel inside for her "Own Good")
      Rapunzel:: Let me out right now!
      Witch:: You'll be safe up there, Rapunzel! No man will be able to touch you!
      Rapunzel:: But I don't want a man, I want to be free!
      Witch:: (smiles patronizing) Oh, Sweetie, you're still young, you don't fully understand the world.
      Rapunzel:: How will I ever learn about the world, if you keep me locked up in this Tower!?
      Witch:: (gesturing to herself) I will teach you! I will teach you everything, you will ever need to know! (Casually as if it's no big deal) After all I have been around, a very, long time. Hundreds of years before, you were, ever, even born. And I learned one thing in all those years, Rapunzel.
      (Looking at the Imps, she places her hand to the side of her face, and stage whispers to Rapunzel)
      Witch:: You can't trust men! (shakes head) They'll lie to you, they'll steal what's most precious to you...
      (Rapunzel looks confused, imitates her mother's gesture and tone of voice)
      Rapunzel:: But I don't even know any men.
      Witch:: Exactly! And that's just how we're gonna keep it.

    • Prince: Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!

    • Goldilocks: If there's any ghosts living here, I'm not afraid of you! Or maybe it's just invisible people.

    • (Papa Bear has finished building a peculiar-looking ladder.) Papa Bear: Well, there we go! Mama Bear: What is it? Papa Bear: Well, it's a roof climber. Come over here and try it. Mama Bear: Me? Papa Bear: Yeah! Mama Bear: Why don't you try it? Papa Bear: 'Cause you're not as heavy. Mama Bear: You made it, now you try it. Papa Bear: Oh, alright! (Papa Bear starts to climb it, but it breaks in two.) Papa Bear: Well! I'll have to get back to this later. Right now, I've got more important things to do!

    • (Goldilocks goes into her secret place where her treasures are, and picks up her doll.) Goldilocks: Clara, have you been guarding my treasure? What do you mean you fell asleep? Dolls don't fall asleep! Wait a minute, where's my...? (She takes out a treasure box, and takes out a small piece of leather.) Goldilocks: Here it is, my piece of leather. (to her doll) We have to be very careful. There are highwaymen and robbers around. In fact, they may be close by. Shh! (She looks around for a minute and then turns back to her doll.) Goldilocks: No, no, they're gone. But that's alright, because I'm here to protect you. What do you mean? Didn't I save you from those pirates yesterday? Well, that's why I have all this treasure, my treasure! But now, I'm on a special mission for the king. I'm kind of a spy. Don't you know what a spy is? A spy is a person who, well, spies all over the place. (a sound is heard) Goldilocks: Shh! Be quiet. (short pause) I think they're using some sort of secret code. I'd better go out and explore the area. (She puts her doll into a special hanger.) Goldilocks: You stay here and guard the fort. Okay, bye! (She leaves.)

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    Notes (9)

    • The set and costumes were set in a design based on a famous painter from Austria Gustav Klimt.

    • Based on Hans Christian Andersons Tale.

    • Sets and costumes based on illustrator Norman Rockwell

    • designed after 19th century Italian Folk art.

    • The awards given to Bo and Morty at the ceremony were: Royal Knights of the Loom, Magnificent Order of Fabric Workers, and Best Achievement in Alterations.

    • The full names of our tailors are Rambo Lorenzo Wagner and Morton Woodrow Clayton.

    • Art Carney was nominated for a CableACE Award for his role in "The Emperor's New Clothes".

    • James Earl Jones was nominated for a CableACE Award for his role in "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp".

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    Trivia (5)

    • In the first scene at Goldilocks's house, when her parents are sitting on the porch and her father is reading the newspaper out loud to her mother, her mother is sewing a needlepoint that says, "My life is a TAPESTRY." Carole King, who is playing Goldilocks's mother, is a successful singer-songwriter whose breakthrough album, released in 1971, was called Tapestry. There is also a song on the album with the same title, but the first line is "My life has been a tapestry."

    • The Lady of Summer's powers must only work on organic life, because the only rose not banished was a cloth iron-on patch on the Lady's hat!

    • The Snow Palace's password was 'snowflake.'

    • Murphy Dunne, The Steward, was the piano player in The Blues Brothers movie (1980) after Paul Schaeffer couldn't play because of contractual obligations.

    • Max Wright, who played Prince Heinrick, played Willie Tanner, host to ALF.

    Allusions (4)

    • The production design is an homage to the 1946 movie version of this story, directed by Jean Cocteau.

    • Emperor: And there will be a ceremony with much pomp and many, many circumstances.-- This is a reference to the musical piece Pomp and Circumstance, usually used for graduations in the U.S.

    • Emperor: Does this sash make me look fat?- In the 80s, there was a trend of figure- and fashion-conscious women asking if something made them look fat began.

    • "Good King Wenceslas! Where's my arm?": the line refers to King Wenceslas, the Duke of Bohemia from 922 AD to 929 AD. There is a carol sung at Christmas about him too.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • When discussing these shows with a group of adults, it was clear that there was no 'best' or 'worst' episode of this show. Everyone had their unique memory of different episodes that inspired them. Yet, no one could recall an episode they didn't like.

    By la2broadway, Jun 18, 2006

  • The quality of the show varies according to the episodes. Some are fairly good while others are weak.

    By Writerpatrick, May 20, 2006

  • Faerie tales are brought into lush, loving life by Shelly Duvall and her friends.

    By VerityJackson, Jul 19, 2005