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Happily Ever After Collection: Fairy Tales For Every Child (Mother Goose/Pinocchio/The Pied Piper/The Golden Goose) (2004)

Della Reese , Jimmy Smits , Ed Bell  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Della Reese, Jimmy Smits, Grant Shaud, Wesley Snipes, Will Smith
  • Directors: Ed Bell
  • Producers: Donna Brown Guillaume, Tom Wilhite, Willard Carroll, Carole Rosen, Libby Simon
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00014X83G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Happily Ever After Collection: Fairy Tales For Every Child (Mother Goose/Pinocchio/The Pied Piper/The Golden Goose)" on IMDb

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The award-winning HBO series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child provides updated cartoon versions of the classics that will hold your kids' attention without banging them on the head with themes. Four half-hour tales are included, each with a bevy of well-known vocal talent. A very sweet version of Pinocchio features a star-studded voice cast, including Will Smith, Chris Rock, Charles S. Dutton, and Della Reese. Although this may make the take sound strictly African American, the spin is decidedly multicultural. Geppetto becomes "George" and Pinocchio, being "chips of pine and oak off the old block" is called "Pinoak." The big spin is on Pinocchio's insect friend, who in this version is a termite named "Woody," played with a rascally style well suited to Chris Rock. For Mother Goose Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Smits, and Denzel Washington lend voice as the merriment takes place in Mother Gooseberg Land, where Old King Cole reigns over the likes of Little Miss Muffet, Georgie Porgie, and the rest of the gang who take their poetic direction from the grand dame of rhyme herself, Mother Gooseberg. Creativity oozes from this rollicking rhyme fest, an animated retelling of some well-loved classic nursery rhymes. A simple chore of chopping trees turns into a life lesson for a trio of peasant brothers in this fresh take on The Golden Goose. Drexel, Axel, and Simpleton are three strapping boys who live with their father and mother in a small kingdom. When father sends the older sons to clear the forest, they encounter a wizard--dressed as a beggar--who asks them for some food. Woven throughout this simple tale are subtle messages of the benefits of faith and kindness in everyday living, best understood by children ages 4 and older. The seductive music that the Pied Piper played to woo the children of Hamelin was jazz. At least, that's the take in retelling as old tales mix with new world vision. Here, the selfish King of Hamelin (Samuel L. Jackson) loves to dismiss all politics so he can count his money. Unfortunately, the rat problem becomes so severe that plans must be put into action. When a smooth, jazz-playing stranger (Wesley Snipes) wanders into town proclaiming that he can address the problem, the city council is ready to give him riches.

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Fairy tales have always been a source of family pleasure, for parents and children alike. Now, some of the best-loved classics are being re-told in this vibrantly original and musical animated series, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child. Each tale features a hip, contemporary all-star cast of voices and all-new songs the entire family will enjoy! Classic fairy tales become fresh and fun, told as if for the very first time. So share the magic and wonder with your children as we invite you to enter the wonder-filled world of Happily Ever After.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An admirable effort November 12, 2007
Format:DVD
Parents looking for a colorful spin on their favorite childhood stories need search no further than HBO's multicultural animated series "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child," available in full on DVD or on demand from HBO Family. Designed for the 12-and-under-crowd, the award-winning series offers modern reinterpretations of familiar classics, placing minority characters in the lead roles, and shifting the settings to reflect a diversity of world cultures. Little Red Riding Hood gets transported to ancient China, The Emperor's New Clothes is reimagined in feudal Japan, Rapunzel gets a Cajun makeover, and Snow White becomes a Native American princess named White Snow. Narrated by Robert Guillaume and boasting such A-list voice talent such as Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, the show adds a new emphasis on tolerance, understanding and cooperation to each story's traditional moral lesson.
Deftly avoiding the twin pitfalls of racial caricature and bland political correctness, the show manages--at its best--to fuse the distinct flavor of each culture into its storytelling, without sacrificing the timeless qualities that have kept these tales alive for generations. Of course, as with any series, some episodes succeed better than others, so here I will offer a more detailed critique of three in particular to serve as a representative snapshot.
The first, entitled "The Princess and the Pauper," takes Mark Twain's tale of mistaken identity and gives it a feminist twist. Olivia is the pampered princess of Peachburg, a prosperous kingdom with a dark underbelly--the crime-infested slum known as the Peach Pits, home of the virtuous Zoe.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FULFILLED ALL EXPECTATIONS March 2, 2008
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I saw this DVD at a local museum and it was priced at $22. I wanted it immediately for my 2 year old because of the wonderful animation, celebrity participation, and the fact that it focused on some of my childhood favorites. When I bought this product, I expected it be good...It was/is great!! My 2 year old watches it over and over. It was well worth the price and my child's excitment is priceless! Thanks to AMAZON.COM for always having a wonderful selection of products at a wonderful price. (~_~)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute! January 6, 2009
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This collection gives a fun and unique spin on classic fairy tales. I love the fact that the characters represent a broad range of cultures and ethnicities.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forr all children of every color!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! August 9, 2007
By K. G
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These are wonderful stories being retold in a way every child can relate to the chacters. It's so refreshing to see characters of all nationalities being represented. My children watch these dvd's over and over. You can also watch this series on HBO Family "Happily Ever After" in the mornings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story-telling!! June 25, 2011
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I remembered seeing this on HBO and thought that it would be a great addition for my child's video library. Now that I have it on DVD, I thoroughly enjoy the multicultural aspect of these stories. My child also has fun singing along with it too!!!

I wish the other stories were on DVD instead of VHS. I wonder why the movie people did this???? I would love to own more episodes
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! April 9, 2010
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I have a two year old daughter who loves this dvd! I must admit that my husband and I like it too. The jokes are funny and the songs are a lot of fun. It is also really exciting to recognize the voices of of so many great actors. I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic fairy tales given a multicultural flavor! February 23, 2010
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My preschooler and I just discovered this excellent series of fairy tales. Shown on HBO Family, we've become great fans of this show where classic fairy tales are reimagined and retold with a multicultural flavor. This collection contains four tales, each running for about 30 minutes. The tales in this collection are Pinocchio (with a talented voice over cast comprising Will Smith, Chris Rock, and Della Reese, amongst others). Mother Goose has Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Smits, and Denzel Washington providing the voices. Pied Piper is reimagined in a unique and fun way, and the music the Piper plays in this tale is jazz! Samuel L. Jackson voices King Hamelin and the Piper is voiced by Wesley Snipes. The Golden Goose was my favorite with important life lessons contained within. In fact, all of these fairy tales have positive messages and I love the creativity and thought that went into producing each story. These are great for children ages 5 and up and adults, and are a wonderful resource for elementary level teachers as the stories can be used as part of a multicultural curriculum. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Need More Seasons! September 21, 2012
By Shaye
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Ordered this for a biracial child I was teaching and he loved it. The stories are told well and the characters are very entertaining and lively, just like I remember! Please add more seasons for purchase!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I would give this as a gift to any new parent, especially parents of children of color. I was surprised that I hadn't heard of this awhile ago. Funny, creative. Love it! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Thulani
5.0 out of 5 stars New Take on Old Tales
This is a fantastic take on classic fairy tales. The stories are basically the same but with upbeat music and new visions from an African American, urban perspective. Refreshing!
Published 2 months ago by NW
5.0 out of 5 stars A great teaching aid for children of divorce--before, during, or after
The funniest thing about Happily Ever After is how my grown adult friends squirmed after watching it during TV Roulette time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Minzoku Bokumetsu
4.0 out of 5 stars a twist
This story has great twist on a old tale. I had receive to replace one Ireceived at the library and I had to replace it.
Published 5 months ago by fgd7tint
5.0 out of 5 stars great
the grand kids love it my college students remembered it really good fairy tales from the black hand side !!cheaper @ebay!!
Published 6 months ago by Paul Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for all kids!
My 3.5 year old son loves it! My husband & I enjoy it also! A very good buy. Ordered one for my godson.
Published 8 months ago by Paula DeLoach
5.0 out of 5 stars Happily Ever After Collection: Fairy Tales For Every Child (Mother...
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Wesley Snipes played "The Pied Piper" so I had to get it. It is great for kids and grownups too. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Almarine Gorham
5.0 out of 5 stars Happily Ever After Collection: Fairy Tales For Every Child...
Enjoyed series when i originally saw with Grand children on TV. Ordered for my godson who had damaged his copy
Published 15 months ago by KD
5.0 out of 5 stars We got lucky on this one! It's good!
I was really surprised at how much my kids loved this video. It has all some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry doing the voice overs and it's very creative. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roeshell Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The kids love it!
I am a teacher in a multicultural school setting. I picked this DVD up to use during lunch time. We viewed "Mother Gooseberg. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Himes
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