Unstable Fables

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Unstable Fables is a series of computer animated films produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with Flame Ventures, Prana Studios, and The Weinstein Company. The direct-to-DVD feature-length films are distributed by Genius Products.[1][2]

The films' casts include Brad Garrett, Jay Leno and Jamie Lynn Spears. "Unstable Fables" irreverently and unfaithfully retell classic fairy tales, folktale, and fables with a modern twist.[2] The first film, 3 Pigs and a Baby (based on "Three Little Pigs"), was released on DVD on March 4, 2008.[3] The second title, Tortoise vs. Hare (based on "The Tortoise and the Hare"), was released on the September 9, 2008.[4] The third release, The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show (based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears), was released on December 16, 2008.[5]

3 Pigs and a Baby[edit]

3 Pigs and a Baby
3 Pigs and a Baby.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Howard E. Baker
Arish Fyzee
Written by Craig Bartlett
Joseph Purdy
Starring Jon Cryer
Brad Garrett
Steve Zahn
Jesse McCartney
Timothy McCartney
Steve Wilcox
Music by Jim Lang
Production
company
The Jim Henson Company
Prana Animation Studios
Flame Ventures
Release dates March 4, 2008
Running time 76 minutes
Language English

3 Pigs and a Baby is the first animated film in the series based on "Three Little Pigs". The direct-to-DVD film was released on March 4, 2008 and stars Jon Cryer, Brad Garrett, Steve Zahn and Jesse McCartney.[3]

Plot[edit]

The Three Little Pigs become the target of a special-ops team of wolves. The wolves' plan to finally infiltrate the impenetrable house of bricks by leaving a tiny wolf cub on the unassuming pigs' doorstep. The pigs take the baby in and raise him as their own. The newest addition to their family, Lucky, grows up into his teens not knowing his history, his role in the wolves' plan or the difficult choice he will have to make about the family that raised him.[6]

Cast[edit]

DVD Bonus Features[edit]

  • Animation Education: Behind the scenes of the animation process
  • Re-Imagining A Classic: A conversation with director Howard Baker and writers Craig Barlett and Joseph Purdy
  • The Voices of 3 Pigs and A Baby: Behind the scenes look at how the stars record their lines before animation is complete and how it all comes together.


Tortoise vs. Hare[edit]

Tortoise vs. Hare
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DVD cover
Directed by Howard E. Baker
Arish Fyzee
Written by Tom Martin
Starring Danny Glover
Jay Leno
Vivica A. Fox
Keke Palmer
Drake Bell
Music by Jim Lang
Production
company
The Jim Henson Company
Prana Animation Studios
Flame Ventures
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release dates September 9, 2008
Running time 76 minutes
Language English

Tortoise vs. Hare is the second animated film in the "Unstable Fables" series. The direct-to-DVD film, based on Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare," was released on DVD on September 9, 2008[4][7]

The film features the voices of Danny Glover, Jay Leno, Vivica A. Fox, Keke Palmer, and Drake Bell.[4][7]

The film won a Film Advisory Board award.

Plot[edit]

After losing, the hare challenges the his rival to a hike.

Cast[edit]


DVD Bonus Features[edit]

  • How to Draw a Character: Director Howard E. Baker shows how to draw a character from the film.[8]
  • The Voices of Tortoise vs. Hare: Behind the scenes look at how the stars record their lines before animation is complete and how it all comes together [8]
  • A Sneak Peek at the Next Unstable Fable: A look at The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show, the next Unstable Fable film.[8]

The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show[edit]

The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show
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DVD Cover
Directed by Howard E. Baker
Arish Fyzee
Written by Chris Parrish
Starring Jamie Lynn Spears
Brooke Shields
Tom Arnold
Music by Jim Lang
Production
company
The Jim Henson Company
Prana Animation Studios
Flame Ventures
Release dates December 16, 2008
Running time 78 minutes
Language English

The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show (promotionally titled as simply Goldilocks and the 3 Bears) is the third animated film in the series. The film is a twisted retelling of the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". The direct-to-DVD film was released on December 16, 2008.[4] The film features the voices of Tom Arnold, Brooke Shields, and Jamie Lynn Spears.[9]

Plot[edit]

Goldilocks, a spoiled television star, moves in with a family of three bears to be filmed in a "Big Brother"-style reality TV show.

Cast[edit]


DVD Bonus Features[edit]

  • How to Draw a Character: Director Howard E. Baker shows a group of school children how to draw story boards for a film.
  • Making Goldilocks & the 3 Bears: An exclusive behind the scenes look at the animation process, voice recordings, and story development.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim Henson Company press release. May 20, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Jim Henson Company Podcast. February 11, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Jim Henson Company press release. January 18, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d "Tortoise vs. Hare" Coming This Fall . March 6, 2008
  5. ^ Third "Unstable Fables" Comes in Time for Christmas. November 03, 2008
  6. ^ "3 Pigs and a Baby" on DVD Today!. March 04, 2008.
  7. ^ a b Tortoise vs. Hare Trailer on YouTube
  8. ^ a b c "Tortoise vs. Hare" DVD Details. August 13, 2008.
  9. ^ More Details on Henson's Unstable Fables. January 18, 2008.

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