The Storyteller: Greek Myths by Jim Henson

The Storyteller Greek Myths

Get ready to go on a mythical journey like no other with Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Greek Myths. This enchanting TV series brings to life four legendary Greek myths that will transport you to a world of Gods, monsters, and epic adventures.

In one exciting episode, “Perseus and the Gorgon,” you follow the brave hero Perseus as he embarks on a perilous quest to defeat Medusa – the monstrous snake-haired Gorgon.

In another fantastic episode, “Theseus and the Minotaur,” you get to join the fearless Theseus as he ventures into the Labyrinth to confront the terrifying Minotaur and claim victory against all odds.

You will also be swept away by the tragic love story of “Orpheus and Eurydice,” where the talented musician Orpheus decides to journey to the underworld to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the clutches of death.

Another great episode in The Storyteller: Greek Myths, includes the soaring tale of “Daedalus and Icarus,” where the brilliant inventor Daedalus and his daring son Icarus take flight on wings made from wax and feathers, which leads to tragedy, when Icarus falls from the sky.

Greek Myths Introduction Scene in The Storyteller by Jim Henson

With breathtaking visuals, enchanting storytelling, and unforgettable characters, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Greek Myths is a true masterpiece that will captivate audiences of all ages. Whether you’re a fan of Greek mythology, fantasy, or simply great storytelling, this series is guaranteed to leave you spellbound and craving more.

Don’t miss out on seeing this incredible adventure that takes you into the heart of Greek mythology, because it’s an incredible 2-hour experience.

The Storyteller: Greek Myths

Imagine a TV series where a charming storyteller, played by none other than Michael Gambon, spins mesmerizing tales with his wise-cracking canine sidekick, voiced by Brian Henson. That’s right – we’re talking about a philosophical dog that talks.

With stunning visuals, captivating narration, and a talking dog stealing the show, The Storyteller: Greek Myths is more than just a TV series – it’s an incredible journey that will leave you hooked from the very first bark.

The Storyteller Greek Myths Michael Gambon and Dog voiced by Brian Henson

So grab some popcorn and cozy up with your furry friend if you have one, because this is Greek mythology series is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The Storyteller: Daedalus and Icarus

Hold onto your feathers, as one episode in The Storyteller: Greek Myths, goes way beyond the classic Greek myth.

Daedalus, the master inventor, experiences a range of emotions in this riveting tale of tragedy and revenge. I won’t give much away – but let’s just say you’re in for a flight of surprises if you haven’t witnessed this epic episode yet.

In this episode of The Storyteller: Greek Myths, Daedalus and his daring son Icarus watch in amazement as the brainiac nephew, Talos, works his magic on a mechanical wooden bird. From there, the story gets wilder and wilder.

Daedalus with his son Icarus and nephew Talos

The story shows how Daedelus met King Minos of Crete.

King Minos in The Storyteller Greek Myths

Then witness the thrilling escape of Daedalus and his son Icarus as they defy the odds by soaring off the island of Crete like a couple of birds.

Daedalus and Icarus flying out of Crete

This particular episode of The Storyteller: Greek Myths happens to rank as my second favorite out of the four in the series. It is truly captivating! Plus, prepare to be totally gobsmacked when you see a sinister talking vulture make an appearance.

The Storyteller: Orpheus and Eurydice

Once upon a time in ancient Greece, there was a musician named Orpheus whose music was so enchanting it charmed all living creatures. He fell deeply in love with a maiden named Eurydice, and their love was the envy of Mount Olympus.

Orpheus and Eurydice in The Storyteller Greek Myths

When tragedy struck and Eurydice was bitten by a snake and sent to the Underworld, Orpheus’s grief was so profound that he decided to venture into the realm of Hades to rescue her.

Armed with only his lyre, Orpheus played such a mesmerizing tune that even the stern Gods of the Underworld were moved.

God Hades and Queen Persephone

Hades had final say, but he soon agreed to let Eurydice return to the land of the living with one condition: Orpheus must lead the way and not look back until they both had reached the surface.

Orpheus and Eurydice walking out of the Underworld

Alas, in a moment of doubt and excitement, Orpheus glanced over his shoulder, and Eurydice vanished back into the shadows forever. And so, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice serves as a reminder of the power of love and the importance of trust.

This episode of The Storyteller: Greek Myths TV series is truly captivating. I was particularly drawn to Eurydice’s intriguing introduction and the events leading up to her tragic encounter with the deadly snake. Overall, it was a superb retelling of this classic Greek myth.

You can also read about this classic Greek myth in 10 Inspirational Greek Myth Love Stories.

The Storyteller: Perseus and the Gorgon

Danae was imprisoned by her father, only to be impregnated by Zeus in a shower of golden light. A prophecy had foretold it and she gave birth to Perseus – a child destined to end his grandfather’s life.

To thwart destiny, King Polydectes devised a nefarious plan to seal Danae and Perseus in a chest and cast them into the tumultuous sea.

Despite the king’s attempt to outwit fate, the treacherous waters could not erase the prophecy that loomed over them. Amidst the crashing waves and uncertainty, the duo found themselves adrift in a tale of courage, perseverance, and the unyielding power of destiny. Thus, the endless cycle of fate and free will embarked on a new chapter, unfurling a saga that would echo through the annals of time.

After Perseus had come of age, he went on a perilous quest to defeat the terrifying Gorgon Medusa. As part of his quest, he sought the guidance of the three blind sisters who all shared one eye. They were known as the Graeae.

Perseus in The Storyteller Greek Myths

The three hideous sisters told him where to find Medusa only because they were desperate to get their eye ball back from him.

Perseus also encountered the titan Atlas, who helped the hero by providing crucial directions.

Atlas holding up the Sky

However, unbeknownst to Perseus and Danae, Medusa and her dreaded Gorgon sisters had anticipated his arrival with a sense of foreboding certainty.

Medusa and her Gorgon Sisters

Curious to see if this episode in The Storyteller: Greek Myths? Does it follow the usual storyline? Well, you’ll have to watch it to find out. I’ll tell you this, it is another fantastic episode in the The Storyteller: Greek Myth series.

There are plenty of interesting interpretations regarding this Greek myth. For instance, the graphic novel Perseus: The Hunt for Medusa’s Head is worth checking out if you’d like to read about it.

The Storyteller: Theseus and the Minotaur

In the weird world of Greek mythology, the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur unfolds like a thrilling saga of courage, deception, and destiny.

It all began with Theseus, a brave young prince whose mother, Aethra, revealed the truth about his royal lineage and the identity of his father, King Aegeus.

Theseus and his mother in The Storyteller Greek Myths

Imagine King Aegeus’s shock and awe as he beheld the unmistakable resemblance between Theseus and the sword he had left behind as a token of royal lineage!

Upon this momentous revelation, Aegeus welcomed Theseus with open arms and embraced him as his long-lost son, setting the stage for a heroic journey that would test the prince’s mettle and valor.

King Aegeus in The Storyteller Greek Myths TV Series

Determined to rid the land of the monstrous Minotaur lurking within the labyrinth of Crete, Theseus embarked on a daring quest, fueled by a desire to prove himself as a worthy successor to the throne.

As Theseus set sail towards the treacherous labyrinth, Aegeus imparted a crucial piece of advice: to change the color of the sails from black to white upon his victorious return, signaling his safety and triumph.

But even the bravest heroes need allies in their darkest hour, and Theseus found unwavering support in the form of Ariadne, the enchanting daughter of King Minos. With her guidance to help navigate the labyrinth’s bewildering passages, Theseus faced the Minotaur head-on in a battle of wits and strength.

The Storyteller Greek Myths Minotaur Scene

Most people know knows that Theseus killed the Minotaur, but tragedy still struck in a cruel twist of fate. Misinterpreting the sail’s color, King Aegeus believed his beloved son to be lost to the Minotaur and plunged into despair, leaping off the cliffs of Athens in a moment of heartbreaking sacrifice.

Thus, the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur echoes through the annals of Greek mythology, a timeless reminder of heroism, love, and the intricate tapestry of fate that weaves through the lives of Gods and mortals alike in the enchanting world of ancient Greece.

This episode of The Storyteller: Greek Myths is like hitting the jackpot of awesomeness in my book! The haunting tale of the black and white sail has been etched in my memory ever since I first laid eyes on it.

The StoryTeller: Who is Jim Henson?

Jim Henson was the creative genius behind The Storyteller: Greek Myths. He was a walking, talking embodiment of pure awesomeness.

Born in Greenville, Mississippi in 1936 (passed away in 1990) , Henson was drawn to the magical world of puppetry from a young age. After honing his talents in high school productions and at the University of Maryland, where he studied theater, Henson began his career creating commercials and experimental films.

It wasn’t long before he hit the big time with the creation of the iconic Muppets in the 1950s, launching him into the stratosphere of entertainment success.

Jim Henson’s innovative storytelling and groundbreaking puppetry techniques revolutionized children’s programming with beloved shows like Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

The creation of The Storyteller: Greek Myths showcased his passion for mythology and folklore, further solidifying his reputation as a master storyteller.

From Sesame Street to The Dark Crystal (1982), and Labyrinth (1986), Henson’s imagination knew no bounds, and his legacy continues to inspire storytellers of all ages to this day.

The man, the myth, the Muppet master – Jim Henson was truly one of a kind, destined to go down in history as the ultimate puppeteer extraordinaire.

The Storyteller (Folklore and Fairy Tale) Episodes

In addition to The Storyteller: Greek Myths, Jim Henson also created another captivating series titled “The Storyteller,” which featured episodes based on various folklore and fairy tales from around the world. The episodes included in this series were:

The Soldier and Death – Based on a Russian folktale, this episode follows a soldier who strikes a bargain with Death himself.

A Story Short – This episode tells the tale of a prince who must complete three challenges to win the hand of a princess.

Fearnot – In this episode, a young man named Fearnot embarks on a quest to rescue a princess from a deadly giant.

The Luck Child – Based on an Irish folk tale, this episode follows a young man named Jemmy who must outwit a king to find his true destiny.

Sapsorrow – This episode follows the story of a princess who disguises herself as a kitchen maid to escape an unwanted marriage.

The Heartless Giant – This episode tells the story of a prince who must confront a heartless giant to save his kingdom and win the hand of a princess.

The True Bride – Based on a German fairy tale, this episode follows a young woman who must complete a series of challenges to prove her worthiness as a bride.

The Three Ravens – In this episode, a young girl sets out on a quest to rescue her brothers who have been turned into ravens.

These episodes, while not based on Greek mythology like the series discussed here, feature the same enchanting storytelling and stunning visuals that made Jim Henson’s creations so beloved by audiences worldwide.

It showcases Jim Henson’s talent for bringing classic folklore and fairy tales to life through his signature puppetry and storytelling techniques.

So what would you like to see? Either get yourself a DVD like I have, or see if you can find the episode you’re looking for on YouTube.

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