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Rumpelstiltskin by Chris  Noël
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Mar 23, 11

bookshelves: rabbit-ears-productions, fairy-tales-folktales, german-books, read-in-2006
Recommended for: Anyone who is a fan of Rabbit Ears!
Read in March, 2006

Rabbit Ears Productions is widely known for their celebrity narrated stories. The production also many stories that were highlights of the 1990s. “Rumpelstiltskin” is a popular story from Rabbit Ears “We All Have Tales” series and is greatly enhanced by Kathleen Turner’s narration, Tangerine Dream’s haunting music and Peter Sis’s delicate drawings.

Kathleen Turner’s narration is extremely brilliant as she uses a somewhat menacing voice foreshadowing Rumpelstiltskin’s ulterior motives. Also, Turner does an excellent job at being brilliantly scary towards the end of the story when Rumpelstiltskin meets his demise. Tangerine Dream’s haunting music provided the perfect mysterious atmosphere to the appearance of the little man to enacting Rumpelstiltskin’s frightening dance number when the queen searches for him. Peter Sis’s drawings are delicate yet haunting, especially of the image of Rumpelstiltskin pulling off his mask, revealing a skeleton face.

Parents should know that younger viewers may be frightened by the theme of Rumpelstiltskin trying to take the child away from the queen. Since, many children are getting kidnapped in the world today; many young viewers may worry about being kidnapped by a little man. Also, since Rumpelstiltskin’s reasons for wanting the child is made unclear, children may fear that Rumpelstiltskin may hurt the baby boy.

“Rumpelstiltskin” is another Rabbit Ears story that is mysterious and haunting, just like “The Fisherman and his Wife,” and is full of engaging music and images that create a wondrous world full of mystery and enchantment. This is a great film for the whole family watch, but parents must warn their children about the theme of child-kidnapping before letting them watch this video.

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message 1: by Miriam (new)

Miriam If their kids seem frightened after this version, parents could add the alternative retelling by Diane Stanley, where it's clear that Rumpelstiltskin wants the baby to raise as his own child.


Ronyell Miriam wrote: "If their kids seem frightened after this version, parents could add the alternative retelling by Diane Stanley, where it's clear that Rumpelstiltskin wants the baby to raise as his own child."

I've never heard of that version before. Sounds interesting! I'll have to add it to my list!


message 3: by Miriam (new)

Miriam It's not great, but it's cute.


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