Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics

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Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics
Title screen from Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics.
(Gurimu Meisaku Gekijō)
Genre Fantasy
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Saito
Produced by Takaji Matsudo
Studio Nippon Animation
Original network TV Asahi
English network
Original run October 21, 1987March 30, 1988
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
New Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics
Directed by Hiroshi Saito
Produced by Takaji Matsudo
Studio Nippon Animation
Original network TV Asahi
English network
Original run October 2, 1988March 26, 1989
Episodes 23 (List of episodes)
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Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics, also known as Grimm Masterpiece Theater in original version, is a Japanese anime anthology series by Nippon Animation. The episodes are adaptations of a variety of folk and fairy tales, and not limited to Grimm's Fairy Tales.


Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics comprises two series. The first series, known in Japan as Grimm Masterpiece Theater (グリム名作劇場, Gurimu Meisaku Gekijō), aired from October 21, 1987 to March 30, 1988, for a total of 24 episodes. The second series, known in Japan as New Grimm Masterpiece Theater (新グリム名作劇場, Shin Gurimu Meisaku Gekijō), aired between October 2, 1988 and March 26, 1989, totaling 23 episodes. It was also localized under the series' English name.

The fairy tale anthology was broadcast in North America by Nickelodeon and in local stations throughout Latin America.


Series 1[edit]

# Title based on Original air date
01 "The Travelling Musicians of Bremen" (The Musicians of Bremen)
"Bureemen no ongaku tai" (ブレーメンの音楽隊) 
Town Musicians of Bremen October 21, 1987
02 "Hansel and Gretel" (Hansel and Gretel)
"Henzeru to Gureeteru" (ヘンゼルとグレーテル) 
Hansel and Gretel October 28, 1987
03 "The Frog Prince (Part 1)" (The Princess and the Frog)
"Kaeru to oujo" (かえると王女) 
The Frog Prince November 4, 1987
04 "The Frog Prince (Part 2)" (The Princess and the Frog)
"Kaeru to oujo" (かえると王女) 
The Frog Prince November 11, 1987
05 "Little Red Riding Hood" (Hooded Red)
"Akazukin" (赤ずきん) 
Little Red Riding Hood November 18, 1987
06 "The Golden Goose" (The Golden Goose)
"Kin no gachou" (金のがちょう) 
Golden Goose November 25, 1987
07 "Puss in Boots (Part 1)" (The Cat Who Wore Boots)
"Nagagutsu o hai ta neko" (長靴をはいた猫) 
Puss in Boots December 2, 1987
08 "Puss in Boots (Part 2)" (The Cat Who Wore Boots)
"Nagagutsu o hai ta neko" (長靴をはいた猫) 
Puss in Boots December 9, 1987
09 "Snow White and Rose Red" (Snow White and Rose Red)
"Yuki shiro to bara beni" (ゆき白とばら紅) 
Snow-White and Rose-Red December 16, 1987
10 "Snow White (Part 1)" (Snow White)
"Shirayukihime" (白雪姫) 
Snow White December 23, 1987
11 "Snow White (Part 2)" (Snow White)
"Shirayukihime" (白雪姫) 
Snow White December 30, 1987
12 "Snow White (Part 3)" (Snow White)
"Shirayukihime" (白雪姫) 
Snow White January 6, 1988
13 "Snow White (Part 4)" (Snow White)
"Shirayukihime" (白雪姫) 
Snow White January 13, 1988
14 "The Six Who Went Far in the World" (The Six Renowned Men)
"6 nin no go uke tsu" (6人のごうけつ) 
How Six Men Got On in the World January 20, 1988
15 "The Water of Life" (The Water of Life)
"Inochi no mizu" (命の水) 
The Water of Life January 27, 1988
16 "Bluebeard" (Bluebeard)
"Ao hi ge" (青ひげ) 
Bluebeard February 3, 1988
17 "Jorinde and Joringel" (Yorinde and Yoringel)
"Yorinde to Yoringeru" (ヨリンデとヨリンゲル) 
Jorinde and Joringel February 10, 1988
18 "Briar Rose" (Princess Briar Rose)
"Nobara hime" (野ばら姫) 
Sleeping Beauty February 17, 1988
19 "Old Sultan" (Old Man Sultan)
"Zurutan jiisan" (ズルタンじいさん) 
Old Sultan February 24, 1988
20 "King Grizzle Beard" (King Thrushbeard)
"Tsugumi no hi ge no ousama" (つぐみのひげの王さま) 
King Thrushbeard March 2, 1988
21 "The Naughty Spirit" (The Demon and the Devil)
"Akuma to dai maou" (悪魔と大魔王) 
The Devil and His Grandmother March 9, 1988
22 "The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes" (The Sewn-Up Dancing Shoes that Wore-Out)
"Odori nui te boroboro ni naru kutsu" (踊りぬいてボロボロになる靴) 
The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes March 16, 1988
23 "Cinderella (Part 1)" (Cinderella)
"Shinderera" (シンデレラ) 
Cinderella March 23, 1988
24 "Cinderella (Part 2)" (Cinderella)
"Shinderera" (シンデレラ) 
Cinderella March 30, 1988

Series 2[edit]

# Title based on Original air date
01 "The Crystal Ball" (The Crystal Ball)
"Suishou no tama" (水晶の玉) 
The Crystal Ball October 2, 1988
02 "The Marriage of Mrs. Fox" (The Marriage of Mrs. Fox)
"Oku sama kitsune no go konrei" (おくさま狐のご婚礼) 
The Wedding of Mrs. Fox October 9, 1988
03 "Beauty and the Beast" (The Story of the Summer Garden and the Winter Garden)
"natsu no niwa to fuyu no niwa no hanashi" (夏の庭と冬の庭の話) 
Beauty and the Beast or The Winter Rose October 16, 1988
04 "The Magic Heart" (The Cabbage Donkey)
"Kyabetsu roba" (キャベツろば) 
Donkey Cabbages October 23, 1988
05 "Rapunzel" (Rapunzel)
"Rapuntsēru" (ラプンツェル) 
Rapunzel October 30, 1988
06 "The Old Woman in the Woods" (The Old Woman in the Woods)
"Mori no naka no baasan" (森のなかのばあさん) 
The Old Woman in the Wood November 13, 1988
07 "The Faithful Watchmen" (The Grave Mound)
"Do manjuu" (どまんじゅう) 
The Grave Mound November 20, 1988
08 "The Wolf and the Fox" (The Wolf and the Fox)
"ookami to kitsune" (狼と狐) 
The Wolf and the Fox November 27, 1988
09 "Mother Holle" (Auntie Holle)
"Hore no obasan" (ホレのおばさん) 
Mother Holle December 4, 1988
10 "The Six Swans" (The Six Swans)
"Roku wa no hakuchou" (六羽の白鳥) 
The Six Swans December 11, 1988
11 "The Coat of Many Colours" (Thousand-Furs)
"sen biki gawa" (千びき皮) 
Allerleirauh December 18, 1988
12 "Brother and Sister" (Brother and Sister)
"Ane to otouto" (姉と弟) 
Brother and Sister December 25, 1988
13 "The Four Skillful Brothers" (The Four Skillful Brothers)
"meijin yonin kyoudai" (名人四人兄弟) 
The Four Skillful Brothers January 15, 1989
14 "The Spirit in the Bottle" (The Spirit in the Glass Bottle)
"Garasubin no naka no bakemonoe" (ガラス瓶の中の化け物) 
The Spirit in the Bottle January 22, 1989
15 "The Iron Stove" (The Iron Stove)
"Tetsu no sutoobu" (鉄のストーブ) 
The Iron Stove January 29, 1989
16 "Bearskin" (The Man Who Wore the Bearskin)
"kuma no kawa o ki ta otoko" (熊の皮をきた男) 
Bearskin February 5, 1989
17 "The Hare and the Hedgehog" (The Hare and the Hedgehog)
"Usagi to hari nezumi" (兎とはりねずみ) 
The Hare and the Hedgehog February 12, 1989
18 "The Man of Iron" (Iron Hans)
"tetsu no hansu" (鉄のハンス) 
Iron John February 19, 1989
19 "The Brave Little Tailor" (The Brave Little Tailor)
"Yuukan na chibi no shitateya" (勇敢なチビの仕立て屋) 
The Brave Little Tailor February 26, 1989
20 "The Wren and the Bear" (The Wren and the Bear)
"Misosazai to kuma" (みそさざいと熊) 
The Willow-Wren and the Bear March 5, 1989
21 "Rumpelstiltskin" (The Nymph's Name)
"yousei no namae" (妖精の名前) 
Rumpelstiltskin March 12, 1989
22 "The Water Nixie" (The Nixie of the Pond)
"Ike ni sumu mizu no majo" (池に住む水の魔女) 
The Nixie of the Mill-Pond or The Water Nixie March 19, 1989
23 "Godfather Death" (Godfather Death)
"Shinigami no naduke oya" (死神の名づけ親) 
Godfather Death March 26, 1989


Japanese cast[edit]

  • Mitsuko Horie - Narrator, Cinderella (in "Cinderella"), Princess Briar Rose (in "Sleeping Beauty"), Rapunzel (in "Rapunzel")
  • Sanji Hase - Donkey (in "The Travelling Musicians of Bremen")
  • Kenichi Ogata - Cat (in "The Travelling Musicians of Bremen")
  • Ryusei Nakao - Rooster (in "The Travelling Musicians of Bremen"), Hedgehog (in "The Hare and the Hedgehog")
  • Osamu Katou - Head Thief (in "The Travelling Musicians of Bremen")
  • Ritsuo Sawa - Lacky (in "The Travelling Musicians of Bremen")
  • Mami Koyama - Hansel (in "Hansel and Gretel")
  • Chieko Honda - Gretel (in "Hansel and Gretel")
  • Miyoko Asō - Witch (in "Hansel and Gretel"), Witch (in "Jorinde and Joringel"), Witch (in "Rapunzel")
  • Shigeru Chiba - Frog Prince (in "The Frog Prince")
  • Ichirô Nagai - King, Puss in Boots (in "Puss in Boots"), Old Woodsman (In "The Water of Life")
  • Kazue Komiya - Queen
  • Masami Kikuchi - Prince, Joringel (in "Jorinde and Joringel")
  • Kōhei Miyauchi - King (in "The Water of Life")
  • Hiromi Tsuru - Jorinde (in "Jorinde and Joringel")
  • Yuriko Yamamoto - Rosa (in "Brother and Sister")
  • Mayumi Tanaka - Rudolf (in "Brother and Sister")
  • Noriko Uemura - Mrs. Hedgehog (in "The Hare and the Hedgehog")
  • Chika Sakamoto - Hedgehog Son (in "The Hare and the Hedgehog")
  • Kōzō Shioya - Hare (in "The Hare and the Hedgehog")

Additional Japanese voices[edit]

English cast[edit]


English crew[edit]


In Japan, for both seasons, the series used two theme songs; the opening theme, "The Rainbow Bridge" (虹の橋, Niji no Hashi), and the ending theme, "My Town's Merry-Go-Round" (私の町はメリーゴーランド, Watashi no Machi wa Merī Gorando), were both performed by Ushio Hashimoto. Incidental music used in the Japanese version was composed by Hideo Shimazu. The theme tune and incidental music used in the English dub were both composed by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy. Most of the incidental music was in fact recycled from the earlier VHS series My Favorite Fairy Tales.


Limited episodes were produced in NTSC VHS by Saban International and distributed by Starmaker Entertainment Inc. and Hi-Tops Video/Fisher Price in 1990 and Video Treasures/HGV Video Productions in 1992. Those volumes included:

  • Beauty and the Beast (UPC: 0-1313-29408-3)
  • The Six Who Went Far (UPC: 0-90251-94073-6)
  • Hansel & Gretel (UPC: 0-92091-4105-3)
  • Briar Rose
  • Brother & Sister
  • The Coat of Many Colors
  • Jorinda and Joringel
  • King Grizzlebeard
  • Marriage of Mrs. Fox
  • Mother Holle
  • Old Sultan
  • The Spirit in the Bottle
  • The Frog Prince
  • The Man of Iron
  • The Secret Heart
  • The Six Swans
  • The Water of Life
  • Grimm Brothers' Scary Fairy Tales

A few episodes were released to a single Region 2 DVD titled "Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics - Volume One" under distribution by Fox Kids and Maximum Entertainment in 2004.[1] The episodes included were:

  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Golden Goose
  • Snow White And Rose Red
  • Beauty and the Beast

The British newspapers Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror released the following episodes on promotional DVDs:

  • Snow White
  • Bluebeard
  • The Frog Prince
  • Rapunzel
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Cinderella
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Puss N' Boots
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Golden Goose
  • Hansel and Gretel

The original Japanese version of the series was released as a 5-disc DVD set in Region 2 with 10 episodes from the series.

As with most of the Saban library, the rights to the series are currently owned by the Walt Disney Company. Despite a large cult following, none of the English dub has been released on DVD in Region 1 and only limited episodes (listed above) were released in Region 2.

International airings[edit]

Country TV Channels Local Title
 Australia Nine Network Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics
 Bosnia and Herzegovina FTV Grimmove bajke
 Bulgaria Nova Television Приказките на Братя Грим
 China CCTV 格林童话剧场 [2]
 Colombia Canal Uno Cuentos de los hermanos Grimm
 Colombia Caracol TV Cuentos de los hermanos Grimm
 Peru América Televisión Cuentos de los hermanos Grimm
 Philippines GMA Network
Grimm's Fairy Tales
 Russia TV-6, Petersburg 5 Сказки братьев Гримм


  1. ^ "Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics - Volume 1". Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "格林童话剧场_百度百科". 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 

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