Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
3 Seasons | 38 Episodes | TV-Y
HBO retells the world's most famous fairy tales with a multi-ethnic cast of animated characters.
The puppet who wants to be a real boy belongs to an African-American prospector in this version featuring the voices of Will Smith, Chris Rock, Charles Dutton, Garrett Morris and Della Reese.
Hans Christian Andersen's tale relocates to the Brazilian rain forest. With the voices of Rosie Perez, Chita Rivera, Debbie Allen, Harvey Fierstein, Bronson Pinchot, Edward James Olmos and Antonio Sabato Jr.
Puss in Boots
A mischievous cat helps a young Hawaiian man make his fortune and marry a princess. Featuring the voices of David Hyde Pierce, Dean Cain, Pat Morita and Ming-Na Wen.
The Pied Piper
A sax-playing stranger rids a town of its rats--then takes his revenge when the mayor refuses to pay him. Featuring the music of saxophonist Ronnie Laws, and the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes and Grant Shaud.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
A humble soldier tries to find out where twelve princesses go every night when they should be asleep. A tale set to the beat of salsa and Latin pop, featuring the voices of Jon Secada, Hector Elizondo, Liz Torres and Daisy Fuentes.
The Golden Goose
Sinbad is the voice of the young man whose magical goose helps him win the hand of a princess. With the voices of Richard Lewis, Loretta Devine, Sugar Ray Leonard and Heavy D.
The Little Mermaid
This version of the classic tale is set in the waters beneath Taipei's bustling trading port. With the voices of Tia Carrere, Margaret Cho, Amy Hill and Gedde Watanabe.
Goldilocks & the Three Bears
The bears and their unwelcome guest move to a reggae beat in this adaptation set in Jamaica. With the voices of Raven-Symone, Alfre Woodard, Lou Rawls, Tone Loc, Ben Vereen, Jenifer Lewis and David Alan Grier.
The Fisherman and His Wife
A flamenco guitar sets the rhythm for this Spanish retelling of the tale of a magical fish and a greedy wife. With the voices of Paul Rodriguez, Julia Migenes, Liz Torres and Edward James Olmos.
Aladdin's a poor Chinese boy in this Asian version of the Arabian Nights tale. With the voices of B.D. Wong, Joan Chen and George Takei.
The Shoemaker & the Elves
A poor Aztec shoemaker is the recipient of the elves' kindness in this retelling.
King Midas and the Golden Touch
Blair Underwood is the voice of an African monarch who learns what the real treasures of life are. With the voice of Jennifer Holliday.
Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special
Mother Goose is tired, says she wants to quit! Can the nursery-rhyme folks talk her out of it? Will the rappin' lady really fly the coop? Tune in and get the inside scoop! Whoopi Goldberg is the voice of Mother Goose in this all-star, all-rhyming tale set in multi-ethnic nursery-rhyme land.
The Three Little Pigs
In this animated musical special that features a feminist take on a classic tale, HBO presents The Three Little Pigs. The all-star voice cast includes country singer Loretta Lynn as Deli Porkchop, a retired singer who runs a camp for girl piglets (Tyra Banks, Courteney Cox and Sandra Oh), who build their homes while keeping their eyes peeled for the big, bad Wolfgang (Sinbad).
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
This animated musical special features a feminist take on the classic tale. Anna Quindlen adapted this version of the story in which Ali Baba is a young Arabian girl who outsmarts the Great One and his forty thieves.
The Bremen Town Musicians
Bringing a feminist perspective to a classic tale, HBO presents this highly entertaining animated musical special with George Clinton, Gladys Knight, Jenifer Lewis and Dionne Warwick as the voices of four cast-out barn animals who head for Bremen Town to become singers.
The Empress' Nightingale
Bringing a feminist point of view to a classic fairy tale, this special focuses on a greedy Empress who learns a valuable lesson about the meaning of true beauty from a straight-talking, soul-singing nightingale (voiced by Pam Grier).
The Happy Prince
From this series of animated specials with a feminist slant comes this whimsical update of Oscar Wilde's story about a streetwise New York City pigeon (voice of Cyndi Lauper) who teams up with a good-hearted statue (voice of Ed Koch) to help the city's poor.
It's election time in the barnyard and Henny Penny (voice of Sharon Stone) has the whole flock in an uproar because she thinks the sky is falling! Robert Guillaume narrates this delightful animated political satire adapted by author Molly Ivins.
The Frog Princess
HBO presents this animated special that brings a fresh, feminist perspective to a classic fairy tale. In this special, a frog princess (Jasmine Guy) teaches her human Prince (Greg Kinnear) that love can overcome adversity and change perceptions--if you give it a chance.
The Princess and the Pauper
HBO presents this fresh, feminist take on Mark Twain's timeless tale of mistaken identity. A young princess and a poor girl (both voiced by Raven-Symone) unwittingly trade places--and wind up showing everyone around them the importance of treating people with respect and courtesy. Adapted for HBO by Lance Crouther and Ali LeRoi.
Rip Van Winkle
This feminist take on the fairy tale finds young Vanna Van (voiced by Calista Flockhart) seeking out the slumber-inducing help of the Women on Thunder Mountain to take care of her less-than-charming husband Rip Winkle (Tom Arnold). When he awakens 20 years later, Rip discovers that his clothes--and his ideas about gender relations--have gone way out of style!
The Snow Queen
Sultry songstress Eartha Kitt stars as the cool, mean Snow Queen in this animated retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale. When the evil ice woman freezes a little boy's heart and absconds with him to her castle, only his warmhearted best friend can save the day.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
A one-legged toy soldier (voiced by Tisha Campbell) goes on a larger-than-life adventure in order to win the heart of a beloved toy dancer (Savion Glover) in this heartwarming animated take on Hans Christian Andersen's timeless tale.
With the help of her faithful band of 'Merry Chicas,' Robinita Hood (voiced by Rosie Perez) tries to save her village from an evil sheriff in this salsa-fied adaptation of the classic adventure.
Aesop's Fables: A Whodunit Mystery
In this musical whodunit, the book of 'Aesop's Fables' has been stolen! It's up to a beautiful sleuth (voice of Angie Dickinson) to track down the culprit and return the book to its rightful place.