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You think you know the story…But do you really? Every other Saturday, Tales presents ancient fairy tales the way they were originally told: orally, and unadulterated. Tales is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.
Society & Culture
The Ant and the Grasshopper
Some insects work tirelessly throughout the year, preparing for the cold months of winter, when crops dry up and food is scarce.
40 min
The original 1883, Italian version of Pinocchio is far darker than the version modern audiences are acquainted with.
43 min
The Blue Belt II
Mads is alone on a desert island. He was blinded, maimed, and left for dead without his magical belt to save him.
46 min
The Blue Belt
In this Norwegian Folktale, a beggar woman and her son happen upon a mysterious magical belt lying on a dirt path.
48 min
The Dog and the Sparrow
This dog has known nothing but abuse and neglect his entire life.
38 min
The Brave Little Tailor
Many of us wish we could be a dashing hero living a life of adventure.
44 min
Despised by her father after her mother died in childbirth, Eloise schemes to run away from home.
44 min
Sweetheart Roland
Henriette wants nothing more than to live with her love, but her evil stepmother would never allow it.
44 min
The Haunted Ship
Nassos never wanted to be a sailor, but he inherited his father's ship nonetheless.
39 min
The Gingerbread Man
Though many can repeat this famous cookie's classic rhyme, few know of his origins.
34 min
Sleeping Beauty
Princess Talia's parents were warned that she must never touch a spindle, or she would face certain death.
36 min
The Goose Girl
In a wicked twist on the old trading places trope, a princess's devious maid takes her clothes and poses as the princess.
40 min
The Juniper Tree
In one of the Grimm Brothers’ darkest tales, a young boy named Jakob faces off against an evil stepmother.
35 min
Snow White & Rose Red
This story follows a young Snow White and her sister as their mother forces them to spend time together.
41 min
Verde Prato
After secretly marrying a commoner, Prince Francesco uses a magical glass tunnel to spend nights with his true love.
32 min
Little Red Riding Hood
A story that has been told for generations all over the world.
28 min
Puss in Boots
Unlike his modern Dreamworks counterpart, Puss in Boots was originally female, overshadowed by her male counterpart.
38 min
The Enchanted Quill
A crow enlists the help of a woman, instructing her to pluck a feather to make magical wishes.
38 min
The Snow Queen
Disney’s Frozen has nothing on this dark and devastating Danish fairy tale.
42 min
Br’er Rabbit
Br’er Rabbit represents not only enlightenment and rebellion against authority, but also deceit, greed, spite and even homicidal rage.
35 min
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Do you know the dangerous outcome of weaving tall tales?
36 min
Sinbad the Sailor II
Sinbad is back on his ship and setting sail for Persia, hopefully one of his most lucrative trips yet.
41 min
Sinbad the Sailor
Will he complete his journey after being shipwrecked in Basra?
37 min
Peter Pan III
Hurt and unable to fly, it seems like Peter Pan is out of luck.
35 min
Peter Pan II
Not only does a jealous Tinkerbell attempt to murder Wendy, but we find out about a much darker side to Peter Pan.
40 min
Peter Pan
In this version, young Peter flies to an island and introduces himself as Peter the Bird.
43 min
Hercules II
Once he completed the twelve labors and paid his debt to society, Hercules married Deianira.
37 min
After strangling his music teacher Linos in a fit of rage, Hercules was confronted by two beautiful women, Vice and Virtue.
34 min
The Fountain of Youth
One day, Toshiro the wood cutter wandered into a remote part of the forest to cut wood and drank from a nearby pond.
25 min
In this early version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, young Persinette is locked away in a tall tower away from men and told by her mother to never cut her beautiful golden hair.
44 min
Thumbelina is a girl no bigger than a human thumb.
41 min
The Nightingale
The Emperor requests that his kitchen maid, Mei, bring to him the nightingale whose melody is so sweet that she can make your heart dance.
38 min
Momotaro is a brave Japanese boy adopted by a childless couple, after they find him inside of a peach.
40 min
The Tinderbox
A soldier returning from battle steals a magical Tinderbox from a witch.
36 min
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves III
After having his first revenge plot foiled, Massood, captain of the thieves, swore revenge against Ali Baba, the man who killed 37 of his men.
33 min
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves II
Massood, captain of the thieves, concocts a plan to get even with Ali Baba for stealing riches from his cave.
32 min
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
Ali Baba, a modest wood chopper, finds a stolen fortune in a magical cave, but can't keep the secret from his greedy brother.
44 min
The Pied Piper Of Hamelin
A town in Germany had a serious rat infestation, and turned to a mysterious visitor to fix their problem.
33 min
The tale of Hua Mulan seems simple: she was a devoted daughter who risked her life to become a warrior in place of her father.
35 min
The Ugly Duckling
In this classic story of metamorphosis, a young duckling struggles to fit in with everyone around him.
33 min
A key. A forbidden locked door. And bloody secrets.
47 min
Beauty and the Beast III
The Beast grants Beauty a trip home, and she gladly accepts the time with her family.
25 min
Beauty and the Beast II
Trapped within the Beast’s beautiful castle, Beauty grows anxious of her imminent death.
30 min
Beauty and the Beast
The merchant Marc lost everything — his wife, his job, his home — leaving his children unsatisfied with their new, poor lifestyle.
35 min
Birth of a Beauty
Despite different social standings, King Ernest marries a commoner, Alice.
28 min
Birth of a Beast
Lies. Lust. Tragedy. The original story of Beauty and the Beast is quite different than the story you know today.
33 min
Welcome Trailer!
The Frog Prince. Sleeping Beauty. Beauty and the Beast.You think you know these stories, but do you really?
1 min