|Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child|
|Genre|| Animation |
|Written by||Joe Menendez|
Daryl G. Nickens
|Directed by|| Bruce W. Smith |
|Narrated by||Robert Guillaume|
|Composer||Stephen James Taylor|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39|
|Executive producer||Carole Rosen|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies|| Hyperion Animation |
Two Oceans Entertainment Group
Confetti Entertainment Company
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||March 12, 1995 –|
July 18, 2000
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child is an American anthology animated television series that premiered on March 12, 1995 on HBO. Narrated by Robert Guillaume, the series aired 39 episodes from 1995 to 2000.As of July 2021, reruns continue to air on HBO Family and HBO Max.
Each episode details a classic story in different cultures, which contains characters voiced by famous actors, actresses, comedians, singers, rappers, dancers, models, political activists, athletes, stunt performers, and other famous celebrities.
|1||" Jack and the Beanstalk "||Bruce W. Smith||March 12, 1995|
A retelling of the tale with an African twist.Featuring the voices of Wayne Collins as Jack, Pauletta Washington as Jack's Mother, Harry Belafonte as the Magician, Tone Loc as the Giant and Jackée Harry as the Giant's wife.
|2||" Little Red Riding Hood aka Little Red Happy Coat"||Bruce W. Smith||March 19, 1995|
The classic tale of Unknown Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault is set in Ancient China, Little Red Happy Coat learns that some wolves can't be trusted when she makes a delivery to her grandmother.Featuring the voices of Mai Vu as Little Red Happy Coat, BD Wong as Big Bad Wolf, James Hong as Baba and Mr. Sung, Amy Hill as Mother and Mrs. Oolong, Pearl Huang as Mei Li and Poa Poa and Brian Tochi as the Tailor.
|3||" Hansel and Gretel aka Hanselito and Gretelita"||Bruce W. Smith||March 26, 1995|
The tale is told in a Cuban setting in the heart of a rainforest, with two kids named Hanselito and Gretelita.Featuring the voices of Christopher Montoya as Hanselito, Chrissy Padilla as Greteltia, Liz Torres as the Stepmother, Cheech Marin as the father, Rosie Perez as the Witch and Tito Larriva as Ricky Garbanzo.
|4||" The Emperor's New Clothes "||Bruce W. Smith||April 2, 1995|
The classic fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen is set in ancient Japan, where an emperor is fooled into paying two rogues named Keiji and Toshio (who are posing as tailors) to create him an outfit from the "legendary Fabric of Dreams".Featuring the voices of Gedde Watanabe as the Emperor, George Takei as Keiji, Brian Tochi as the Prince, John Wesley as the Minister, Peter Jason as the Treasurer and Denice Kumagai as Toshio.
|5||" Rumpelstiltskin "||Bruce W. Smith||April 9, 1995|
The tale is set in the West Indies, with an old Caribbean and Jamaican twist.Featuring the voices of Jasmine Guy as Jonae, Denzel Washington as King Omar, Robert Townsend as Rumpelstiltskin, Roscoe Lee Browne as Friar Ferdinand, Sherman Hemsley as the Miller, Rodney Kageyama as the Turbaned Merchant, Denice Kumagai as the Hat Merchant and Ross Mapletoft as Royal Servant.
|6||" The Frog Prince "||Bruce W. Smith||April 16, 1995|
|Sinbad as the Frog Prince, Cree Summer as Princess Ebony, Jay Kenneth Johnson as the Magician, Tommy Davidson as the Jester, Danny Glover as the King, LeVar Burton as the Monk, Jay Leno as Jay Frog and Branford Marsalis as Branford Frog.|
|7||" Sleeping Beauty aka Sleeping Rosita"||Bruce W. Smith||April 23, 1995|
The classic story is told with a Hispanic flavor, when Rosita is cast into a long sleep by Evelina, and later awakened by Prince Luis.Featuring the voices of Marie Barrientos as Rosita the Sleeping Beauty, Ricardo Montalbán as King Carlos, Lucie Arnaz as Queen Maria, Paul Rodriguez as the Court Jester, Vanessa Marquez as the six fairies, Julia Migenes as Evelina the wicked fairy, Carmen Zapata as the seventh fairy, Carlos Mencia as Poncho, Jacob Vargas as Prince Luis and Ross Mapletoft as the old man.
|8||" Rapunzel "||Bruce W. Smith||April 30, 1995|
In the bayous of Louisiana, Rapunzel is taken from her parents by Zenobia the Hoodoo Diva, who seeks to make her a protege and shows her such neat tricks as voodoo dolls and shrinking her head down. Rapunzel is reluctant to do this when she sees Zenobia is hurting innocent creatures. Rapunzel soon attracts a Creole prince, who must rescue Rapunzel and reunite her with her parents, but Zenobia seeks to thwart the interloper.Featuring the voices of Tisha Campbell as Rapunzel, Whoopi Goldberg as Zenobia the Hoodoo Diva, Meshach Taylor as the Woodcutter, Hazelle Goodman as the Woodcutter's Wife, Duane Martin as the Prince, Donald Fullilove as Friend #1 and Tico Wells as Friend #2.
|9||" The Valiant Little Tailor "||Bruce W. Smith||May 7, 1995|
The classic story is set in the West African Sahel where a height-challenged tailor named Bongo sets out to prove his worth.Featuring the voices of David Alan Grier as Bongo, James Earl Jones as King Dakkar, Mark Curry as Giant, Dawnn Lewis as Princess Songe, Zakes Mokae as Mr. Babooska, Barry Shabaka Henley as Horrible-Looking Giant #1 and Hugh Dane as Horrible-Looking Giant #2.
|10||" Cinderella "||Bruce W. Smith||May 14, 1995|
The classic Charles Perrault tale gets a hilarious Mexican twist.Featuring the voices of Daphne Zuniga as Cinderella, Liz Torres as Fairy Godmother, Edward James Olmos as Rey Emiliano, Jimmy Smits as Prince and Raquel Welch as Stepmother.
|11||" Beauty and the Beast "||Bruce W. Smith||May 21, 1995|
The classic story of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve is set in Africa as a beauty falls in love with a beast.Featuring the voices of Vanessa Williams as Beauty, Gregory Hines as Beast, Debbie Allen as Precious, Terrence C. Carson as Tree and Paul Winfield as Father.
|12||" Snow White aka White Snow"||Rufus Diznee||May 28, 1995|
The classic story is set in the American southwest about a beautiful young woman named White Snow, who befriends the seven mystical little men.Featuring the voices of Elaine Bilstad as White Snow, Jeri Arredando as Sly Fox, Graham Greene as Chief Brown Bear, Georgina Lightning as Morning Dove, Zahn McClarnon as Gray Wolf, Buffy Sainte-Marie as the Spirit in the Mirror, Marjorie Tanin as Sage Flower, Pato Hoffmann as Bright Silver, Burr DeBenning as Fool's Gold and Smelly Sulphur, Tim Sampson as Hard Jade, Jim Great Elk Waters as Rough Copper, Michael Horse as Sharp Flint, Sonny Skyhawk as Heavy Metal, and Raymond Prado as Flying Eagle.
|13||" The Princess and the Pea "||Bruce W. Smith||June 4, 1995|
The classic fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen is set in Ancient Korea where a prince must choose a bride that will please his demanding mother only to have her subjected to a test.Featuring the voices of Karen Lew as the Princess and Margaret Cho as the Queen.
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|14||" Pinocchio aka Pinoak"||Edward Bell||April 13, 1997|
The 1800’s Carlo Collodi tale gets set in the Barbary Coast, with Pinoak learning to be a real boy with the help of Woody, Old George and Blues Fairy.Featuring the voices of Will Smith as Pinocchio, Chris Rock as Woody the Termite, Della Reese as the Blues Fairy, Barry Douglas as Redd the Fox, Franklyn Ajaye as Sporty the Cat, Charles S. Dutton as Old George, Garrett Morris as Mr. Buzzard, Brenden Jefferson as the Boy and Rachel Guillaume as the Girl.
|15||" Thumbelina "||Edward Bell||April 20, 1997|
The classic fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen is set in Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.Featuring the voices of Rosie Perez as Thumbelina, Harvey Fierstein as Mrs. Leaperman, Bronson Pinchot as Sonny, Antonio Sabato Jr. as Mario, Chita Rivera as Katie, Debbie Allen as Lola and Edward James Olmos as El Murchielago.
|16||" Puss in Boots "||Edward Bell||April 27, 1997|
The Giovanni Francesco Straparola story gets a Hawaiian setting as a smart and mischievous cat named Puss sets out to improve the fortunes of his new master, Kuhio.Featuring the voices of David Hyde Pierce as Puss, Dean Cain as Kuhio, Pat Morita as King Makahata, Ming-Na Wen as Lani and Keone Young as the giant.
|17||" The Pied Piper "||Edward Bell||May 4, 1997|
The Pied Piper teaches a lesson in keeping promises to the town of Hamelin while playing some jazz music.Featuring the voice of Wesley Snipes as the Pied Piper and music performed by Ronnie Laws. The rest of the voice cast consists of Samuel L. Jackson as the Mayor of Hamelin, Grant Shaud as Toadey, John Ratzenberger as Hinky and Richard Moll as Dinky.
|18||" The Twelve Dancing Princesses "||Edward Bell||May 11, 1997|
The classic tale of Unknown Brothers Grimm twelve young princesses sneak out of their beds to dance each night away and a smitten soldier named Juan Carlos must find out where they go if he hopes to marry one of them (and not lose his head).Featuring the voices of Daisy Fuentes as Princess Daisy, Jon Secada as Juan Carlos, Héctor Elizondo as the King, Herbert Siguenza as Andres and Liz Torres as Isabel.
|19||" The Golden Goose "||Edward Bell||May 18, 1997|
In this African-American version of the fairytale Unknown of Brothers Grimm, lovable Simpleton is a lumberjack who shares what little he has with an old hobo, leading him to cut down a tree with a golden goose inside and soon unknowingly becoming the leader in a funny parade.Featuring the voices of Sinbad as Simpleton, Loretta Devine as the Mother, Richard Lewis as Old Beggar, James Avery as the Father, Avery Brooks as King Maximus, Vanessa Bell Calloway as Princess Katusha, Heavy D as Drexel, James Hardie as Innkeeper and Farm Hand, Phil LaMarr as Magistrate and Monk, Sugar Ray Leonard as Axel, Meagen Fay as Older Sister and Sara Rue as Younger Sister.
|20||" The Little Mermaid "||Edward Bell||May 25, 1997|
The classic fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen in this Asian setting at a secret underwater kingdom, a mermaid princess named Mija with her starfish friend Nuri is allowed to see the world above the surface and falls in love with a human prince after rescuing him. She makes a deal with a sea witch that may not turn out in her favor if she doesn't win the prince's love in return.Featuring the voices of Tia Carrere as Mija the Little Mermaid, Margaret Cho as Hul Mu Ni, Amy Hill as Ming, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as King Young-Jin, and Gedde Watanabe as Nuri.
|21||" Goldilocks and the Three Bears "||Edward Bell||June 1, 1997|
In this hilarious Jamaican version of the classic Robert Southey, Goldilocks has golden dreadlocks and much to learn about treating people (and bears) right.
Featuring the voices of Raven-Symoné as Goldilocks, Pauletta Washington as Teacher, Marcus T. Paulk as Geoffrey, Davida Williams as Angela and School Child #1, Ricky D'Shon Collins as School Child #2, Vanessa Lee Chester as School Child #3, Lou Rawls as a Bat, Ben Vereen as a Snake, Jenifer Lewis as a Black Widow Spider, Tone Loc as Desmond Bear (Bamikki Bandula providing his singing voice), Alfre Woodard as Winsome Bear and David Alan Grier as Dudley Bear.Note: Rumpelstiltskin makes a cameo as the bus driver, while Hanselito and Gretelita make cameos during the "We're the Bears" song.
|22||" The Fisherman and His Wife "||Edward Bell||June 8, 1997|
In this version tale unknown of Brothers Grimm set to the music of Gypsy guitars and flamenco dancing, a simple fisherman who lives in a coastal city in Spain is pleased with his job as he has a loving wife, when he catches a magic talking fish named Gilbert. Gilbert warns the fisherman in a song ("Be Careful what you Wish For") not to take this lightly, as greed only produces more greed.Featuring the voices of Edward James Olmos as Fisherman, Julia Migenes as Fisherman's Wife and Paul Rodríguez as Gilbert.
|23||" Aladdin "||Edward Bell||June 15, 1997|
|BD Wong as Aladdin and Genie, Joan Chen as Jade, Pearl Huang as Mother, James Hong as the Emperor, Stephen Park as Dong and George Takei as Chang.|
|24||" The Shoemaker and the Elves "||Edward Bell||June 22, 1997|
In the ancient empire with giant pyramids, a humble shoemaker named Tizoc and his wife create shoes for the Emperor and Tanatiuh the Fierce. When he must make several shoes overnight or forfeit his life, he falls asleep on the job as two elves named Coatl and Xeletl come to the rescue.Featuring the voices of Paul Rodriguez as Tizoc, Lou Diamond Phillips as Coatl, Carlos Mencia as Xeletl, Jesse Borrego as Tanatiuh the Fierce, Wanda de Jesus as Xochitl, Liz Torres as Malinahl, Abraham Verduzco as Boy and A Martinez as the Emperor.
|25||"King Midas and the Golden Touch"||Edward Bell||June 29, 1997|
In this adaptation of a Greek myth, The powerful king of an African kingdom learns that all that glitters isn't gold when his wish to turn everything he touches into gold is granted.Featuring the voices of Blair Underwood as King Midas, Alfonso Ribeiro as Illunga, Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly as Goldeena, John Wesley as General and Jennifer Holliday as Dream Diva.
|26||" Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special"||Edward Bell||October 12, 1997|
Feeling unappreciated by the denizens of Nursery Rhyme Land, Mother Gooseberg decides to go into retirement. Now a group of beloved Nursery Rhyme characters must show how much they really care before she flies the coop.Featuring the voices of Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Gooseberg, Jimmy Smits as Old King Cole, Salt-n-Pepa as the Three Little Kittens, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford as Jack and Jill, Jackée Harry as Little Bo-Peep, Nell Carter as Mary, Lauren Tom as Little Miss Muffet, Dave Chappelle as the Spider, Robert Pastorelli as Sgt. Louie, Denzel Washington as Humpty Dumpty and the Crooked Man, George Wallace as the Cow's Farmer, Rockapella as the Five Little Pigs, Steven Wright as the Bogeyman, Camille Winbush as a Child and Marla Gibbs as Old Mother Hubbard.
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|27||" The Three Little Pigs "||Anthony Bell||June 22, 1999|
This tale is told with a feminist twist and country music when three pigs go to Camp Piggywood and ward off Big Bad Wolfgang.Featuring the voices of Sinbad as Big Bad Wolfgang, Loretta Lynn as Deli Porkchop, Courteney Cox as Emerald Salt Pork, Sandra Oh as Breadcrumb, Tyra Banks as Barbie Q. Pepper, Julie Brown as Lottie Balogna, Brian Reddy as the TV announcer and the Security Guard, and Peter Renaday as Pig Daddy.
|28||" Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves "||Anthony Bell||July 14, 1999|
The classic tale Unknown of One Thousand and One Nights is told with a feminist twist, Ali Baba must rescue Cassim and outsmart the Forty Thieves led by the Great One to save their family.Featuring the voices of Jurnee Smollett as Ali Baba, Tommy Davidson as Cassim, Marla Gibbs as Grandmother, Will Ferrell as Mamet, George Wallace as Baba Mustafa, and Bruno Kirby as Great One.
|29||" The Bremen Town Musicians "||Anthony Bell||August 12, 1999|
The classic tale of Brothers Grimm is told with a country/African-American twist, as outcast barn animals Scratchmo, Chocolate, Hazel, and Miss Kitty become singers and go on their way to Bremen while encountering some criminals along the way.Featuring the voices of George Clinton as Scratchmo, Gladys Knight as Chocolate, Jenifer Lewis as Hazel, Dionne Warwick as Miss Kitty, Brent Jennings as Farmer Farouk, Marlon Wayans as Bad Bobby, and Shawn Wayans as Itch.
|30||" The Empress' Nightingale "||Anthony Bell||September 16, 1999|
The classic tale of Hans Christian Andersen is given a feminine makeover when a greedy empress learns about the true meaning of beauty.Phil Hartman.
|31||" The Happy Prince "||Anthony Bell||October 6, 1999|
|Ed Koch as the Happy Prince (a former mayor who is now a statue), Cyndi Lauper as Pidge, Carol Kiernan as French Nanny and Irish Tourist, and Phil LaMarr as Pigeon #1 and New Mayor.|
|32||" Henny Penny "||Anthony Bell||November 2, 1999|
Henny Penny convinces barnyard denizens that the sky is falling.Featuring the voices of Sharon Stone as Henny Penny, Patricia Welch as the singing voice for Henny Penny, Henry Kissinger as Ducky Daddles, Mary Hart as Lucy Goosey, Jesse Jackson as Cocky Locky, Johnnie Cochran as Foxy Woxy, Alan M. Dershowitz as Turkey Lurkey, Geraldine A. Ferraro as Merle, Rudolph W. Giuliani as Earl, and John McLaughlin as Wooster Rooster.
|33||" The Frog Princess "||Anthony Bell||January 3, 2000|
In this country version of a Russian fairy tale, a frog princess proves that love conquers all.Featuring the voices of Jasmine Guy as Frog Princess Lylah, Greg Kinnear as Prince Gavin, Wallace Langham as Prince Bobby and a Fish, Mary Gross as Elise, Beau Bridges as King Big Daddy, Anne-Marie Johnson as Verena, and Scott Thompson as Prince Rip.
|34||" The Princess and the Pauper "||Anthony Bell||February 21, 2000|
The classic Mark Twain novel is told with an African-American and feminist twist where a princess named Princess Olivia and a poor girl named Zoe exchange identities.Featuring the voices of Raven-Symoné as Princess Olivia and Zoe, David Alan Grier as King Maynar, Phylicia Rashad as Lady Fulten, Andre Braugher as Julian Andrews, Cleo King as Nana, Jeannie Elias as a Newspaper Boy, John Wesley as the Supreme Justice, Iqbal Theba as the East Indian Driver, Michael Ralph as Peachfuzz #1 and the Officer, Ivory Ocean as Peachfuzz #2 and the Sentencer, and John Witherspoon as the Scofflaw.
|35||" Rip Van Winkle aka Rip Winkle"||Anthony Bell||March 21, 2000|
In this adaptation of the classic Washington Irving short story and American tall tale as a fairy tale, Vanna Van is married to a heavy metal rocker named Rip Winkle. However, Rip is a sexist who prefers going on the road to nurturing Vanna's own musical skills or helping her with hearth and home. Vanna's fairy godmentor gives Rip some time to sleep on things (20 years to be exact) and he wakes up to a world where Vanna has helped change things for the better.Featuring the voices of Tom Arnold as Rip Winkle, Calista Flockhart as Vanna Van, Patricia Welch as the singing voice for Vanna, Sandra Bernhard as the Bluebird, Maya Angelou as the Fairy Godmentor, Martin Grey as the Assistant and R.D., Gary Lazer as Rocky, Linda Ellerbee, Betty Friedan, Jessye Norman, and Ann Richards as the Thunder Mountain Women, and Gloria Steinem as the Female Narrator.
|36||" The Snow Queen "||Anthony Bell||April 18, 2000|
The classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen is an Inuk setting as the Snow Queen freezes a boy's heart and takes him to her icy castle. Only his best friend, a girl with a powerful heart, can save him.Featuring the voices of Eartha Kitt as the Snow Queen, Táska Cleveland as Gerda, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah as the Grandmother and the Robber Girl, Brandon Hammond as Kai, Doug E. Doug as the Raven, and Bronson Pinchot as the Killer Whale and the Reindeer.
|37||" The Steadfast Tin Soldier "||Anthony Bell||May 16, 2000|
The classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen is a set of tin soldiers inspires a girl's imagination and its one-legged leader conquers all obstacles to reach a dancer toy she loves.Featuring the voices of Tisha Campbell as Goldie, En Vogue as Dolls 1, 2, and 3, Savion Glover as the Dancer, Kadeem Hardison as the Clown, Ruby Dee as the Grandma, Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly as Imani, Q-Tip as the Teddy Bear and the Cockroach, Caroline Rhea as Spidey, and Kim Wayans as Jackie-In-The-Box and Lulu.
|38||" Robinita Hood "||Anthony Bell||June 19, 2000|
Set in old Puerto Rico, Robinita Hood leads her band of the Merry Chicas to stop Sheriff Juan Jose del Ramon de Jamon and his minion Sir Gooey with the help of her love interest Mario.Featuring the voices of Rosie Perez as Robinita Hood, Marc Anthony as Mario, Rick Najera as Sheriff Juan Jose del Ramon de Jamon, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Little Juana, Idalis DeLeón as Guillermina Scarlet, Nancy Garcia as Elena Dale, Nestor Carbonell as Sir Gooey, and Ian Gomez as Basilio.
|39||" Aesop's Fables: A Whodunit Musical"||Anthony Bell||July 18, 2000|
|Angie Dickinson as the Detective, Diahann Carroll as the Crow, Dabney Coleman as Monsieur Fox, Harvey Korman as the Lion, Jaleel White as The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Katey Sagal as the Hare, Kevin Pollak as the Mouse and the Grasshopper, Melanie Chartoff as Grape Fox, and Ruth Brown as the Tortoise and the Ant.|
Most episodes of Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child were released on VHS by Random House Home Video, and, later HBO Home Video, but only a few episodes were released on DVD. There was one DVD where four episodes ("Pinocchio", "The Pied Piper", "The Golden Goose", and "Mother Goose: A Rapping and Rhyming Special") were released on DVD. In the United Kingdom, there are four DVDs with three episodes on each.
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