The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (13 DVD boxed set)
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The fairy tales are all traditional cell animation, and feature familiar, and unfamiliar Grimm titles, including Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and many more.
The animation is well-done, Saturday morning TV quality, and the stories are more or less well represented; toned down for viewers, but watchable. The biggest problems are in the two "added" animal characters who are present in each story - they often intrude upon the stories in worthless, time-wasting ways, and lessen the impact of the original Grimm stories; sometimes they even change the plots, and characters' motivations. For example, in "Hansel & Gretel", it's the animal characters who get the idea for leaving a trail of pebbles, not Hansel, and so his character appears weaker and less intelligent than he is the in the original Grimm story.
That being said, these programs are adequate for children ages 4-8, and are a good, thorough collection of animated Grimm stories for children.
The box contains the first two seasons in English with a total of 13 discs with 2 episodes each for a total of 26 episodes. It's basically a book with sleeves protecting each CD. The only real drawback of each CD is having to sit through previews of Gary Busey pomeranian movies. Dinotopia preview sounds interesting, though.
Yoyo and Doc Croc provide a little extra kick to the stories that I love, being a furry and all. I highly reccommend this DVD to Simsala Grimm fans, children and furries but not to fairy tale fans who hate added OCs (Yoyo and Doc Croc).
Overall, my favorite episodes are:
-The Wolf And The Seven Little Kids (Yoyo is awesome and has a catchy musical number in that one)
-Tom Thumb (It's adorable seeing Yoyo and Doc Croc acting as big brothers to Tom Thumb)
-Puss In Boots (SO CUTE!)
-Bremen Town Musicians (I said I was a furry)
-Six Servants (They're like superheroes but without all that spandex)
-Hansel And Gretel (Just cause Doc Croc looks adorable as a bear!)
-The Meaning Of Fear (Once again, Yoyo is awesome in that one).
In conclusion, this show is like a plate of nachos and a bowl of cheese whiz. Oh so cheesy yet oh so delicious at the same time. I have to subtract a star because of the overly long Gary Busey pomeranian (Quigley) preview, though.
Excellent for both boys and girls.
Animation is well done.
Wish they would make more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the originals that I wanted. Really couldn't stand or get past the extra 2 animals they threw in the episodes.Published on November 26, 2013 by Joanne
We enjoyed this boxed set very much as we spent almost eight years in Germany so became very familaiaar withthe fairy tales. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Richard L. Krug
My kids love these! They are ages 3 and 10 and both really enjoy them and have their favorites. We have had the set for about 2 years and they never tire of themPublished on January 25, 2013 by Brian Branch
1st off... every story has two added characters that don't belong there and they just tack along! 2nd of all, the stories are not the same as the classic. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Nadia Z.