If you had cable in the 90’s, then you remember this show. I think it came on before Crashbox. Now this could have been another series about fairytales for a new generation of kids but HBO went all out. Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child gave use the traditional fairytales in an unconventional manner, for the time period. Each story had a twist, usually a cultural or racial twist. “Beauty and the Beast” had an African twist, “Cinderella” was Latin, “The Princess and the Pea” had a Korea theme and “The Little Mermaid” was Asian.
As a child, I loved seeing these stories and it meant more to me to see these stories told through the lens of a different culture or race. One of my personal favorites is “The Frog Princess.” This story was of a prince who is looking for his bride but his father wants to make sure his son is ready to take the throne, so he has a contest. One of his son’s befriends a frog who helps him through the challenges. He wins and they rule the kingdom together. “Rumpelstiltskin” is a close second for me.
Not only was the show the best because of the uniqueness of each story, they also had the best voice actors in the game! What other show had Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, Margaret Cho, Levar Burton, Tommy Davidson, Tisha Campbell, Vanessa Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, George Takei and so many others! It used to be a game to me, later in my youth, to listen for the voices and see if I could guess who it was. I think that’s when I started reading credits seriously.
HBO Family still plays this classic show every day at 9 am. Also, YouTube. If you remember this series, what was your favorite episode?