Britannica's Tales Around the World

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Britannica's Tales Around the World
Genre Children's
Created by Britannica Video
Directed by David Alexovich
Presented by Pat Morita
Composer(s) George Daugherty
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Phil Stockton
Picture format 576i (4:3 SDTV)

Britannica's Tales Around the World (also referred to as Britannica's Fairy Tales from Around the World and Familiar Tales Around the World) is an animated educational series that ran from 1990 to 1991.


Britannica's Tales Around the World teaches kids a familiar fairy tale from around the world, followed by two lesser-known stories that share a similar story. The series opens up in a computer generated landscape, containing a floating castle and the planet Earth in the background. Pat Morita would explain the significance of each of the three stories and then the camera zooms to a country on Earth where the fairy tale was traditionally told.

Episode list[edit]

Title Year
"Beauty and the Beast/The Chinese Parrot/Sedna" 1990

Beauty and the Beast (France):

The Chinese Parrot (China):

Sedna (Eskimo):
"Sleeping Beauty/The Petrified Palace/Sun, Moon, and Talia" 1990

Sleeping Beauty (France):

The Petrified Palace (Bangladesh):

Sun, Moon, and Talia (Italy):
"Cinderella/Maria Cinderella/The Maiden, the Frog, and the Chief's Son/" 1991

Cinderella (France):

Maria Cinderella (Chile):

The Maiden, the Frog, and the Chief's Son (Nigeria):
"Rumpelstiltskin/St. Olaf and the Troll/King David and the Giant" 1991

Rumpelstiltskin (Germany):

St. Olaf and the Troll (Norway):

King David and the Giant (Israel):
"Hansel and Gretel/The Woodcutter's Wealthy Sister/Pedro and the Monster" 1991

Hansel and Gretel (Germany):

The Woodcutter's Wealthy Sister (Syria):

Pedro and the Monster (Philippines):
"Rapunzel/Fenchelchen/The Princess in the Tower" 1991

Rapunzel (Germany):

Fenchelchen (Malta):

The Princess in the Tower (Israel):

Home Video[edit]


These tapes were released by Kids Klassics and GoodTimes Entertainment.

  • Cinderella and Other Tales
  • Sleeping Beauty and Other Tales
  • Beauty and the Beast and Other Tales
  • Rumpelstiltskin and Other Tales
  • Hansel and Gretel and Other Tales
  • Rapunzel and Other Tales

These DVDs were released by Encyclopædia Britannica on their online store.

  • Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Other Animated Tales
  • Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and Other Animated Tales
  • Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, and Other Animated Tales
  • Aesop's Animated Fables


These DVDs were released by Pegasus and Brightspark Entertainment.

  • Beauty and the Beast/Rumpelstiltskin
  • Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty
  • Hansel and Gretel/Rapunzel*

(*) Re-released by Brightspark under the title "Tangled Up".[1]


When Brightspark re-released episodes of "Britannica's Tales Around the World" under the title "Tangled Up", The Walt Disney Company accused the company for "misleading consumers with numerous releases that confuse and undermine the trust those consumers have in Disney", especially when the rerelease contained a similar title and cover artwork to Disney's 2010 film, Tangled.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Prentice, Verity (6 September 2012). "Disney threatens legal action against 'copycat' DVDs". Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Acuna, Kirsten (12 September 2012). "Disney's Going After A UK Company For These Knockoff Films". Retrieved 20 August 2016.