Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jim Henson's Storyteller

I have been thinking a lot about the myth of Orpheus since I discovered Hadestown just a few days ago.  One of my favorite versions of the tale comes from Jim Henson.  In the 80's he produced a series called The Storyteller featuring fairy tales from all over Europe.  Most of them were not the most familiar tales from our childhood.  The first series was supurbly done.  Later I discovered that there had been a second series, just 4 episodes, created for Greek Myths.  And one of them was the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. 

You can watch the entire episode here.


  1. Wow, awesome version! I loved it! Though I always see Persephone as being in cahoots with Hades, rather than his prisoner. And Hades is usually said to be much younger. :)

  2. I agree, I am not always a big fan of the Persephone-as-prisioner concept, as in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians movie. I didn't think Jim Henson was quite so heavy handed, however.