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Grimm Masterpiece Theatre (Nippon, 1987)

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This series, covering two seasons and 41 episodes (three required more than one 25-minute segment), was produced by Nippon Animation and broadcast in Japan from October 1987 to March 1988. It was a major influence on manga/anime, as it served to introduce many of the classic Western fairy tales to a broad Japanese audience.

The series was remarkable for its faithful and often disturbing adaptations of the violent and sexually-charged folktale variants recorded by the Brothers Grimm and other European folklorists. Character design fell to the charge of Yasuji Mori (1925-92), a distinguished artist who had spent many years with Toei Animation and who was a major influence on the young Hayao Miyazaki (they worked together on Future Boy Conan and Alps no Shoujo Heidi ). Also a productive illustrator of children's books, Mori brought a simple but effective "storybook" approach to this project.

Dubbed by Saban Entertainment as Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics, it was aired in the US on Nickelodeon from 1989 to 1995. Along with other classic Japanese-produced series of the 1980s, including Mysterious Cities of Gold, Maya the Bee, Maple Town, and Fushigi na Koala Blinky (aka Noozles ), it served as an step-in to the Japanese anime style for a generation of soon-to-be enthusiasts (including myself and my daughter).

Cels from this series have always been very hard to find. Daniel Bailey is the only other collector who has located others, and he has kindly contributed the screen caps from a high-quality, restored release of this monumental series that has recently been issued.

 Snow White: The Wolf’s at the Door!

 Bluebeard’s Wife

 Briar Rose on the Stairwell

 Briar Rose Debating Whether to Open the Door

 Briar Rose Pricks Her Finger

 Briar Rose Awakens from Her Sleep

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