Rabbit Ears Treasury of Fables and Other Stories
Familiar fables find new meaning with celebrity performances. Holly
Hunter and Art Lande perform “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “The
Three Little Pigs” in an upbeat, playful style. Repeated tunes and the
use of accents differentiate characters, and there’s adult-pleasing
humor in both stories. Tangerine Dream’s dreamy strains are a melodic
fit for the surreal “Rumpelstiltskin.” Their score and Kathleen
Turner’s reading are measured and even until the climax, when the queen
guesses Rumpelstiltskin’s name. “The Tiger and the Brahmin” combines
Ravi Shankar’s sitar skills with a spicy reading by Ben Kinglsey.
Patrick Ball begins with bright tones as Cher sets up the idyllic
farmyard setting of “The Ugly Duckling.” Musical and acting
performances take on a sadder quality as the ugly duckling faces
rejection and insults, sadder still when this soon-to-be swan faces a
harsh winter alone. At story’s happy end, the bright tones return. S.W.
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The Rabbit Ears Treasury of Fables and Other Stories entertains and enlightens with these classic animal stories–read by
your favorite stars and featuring original music by some of today’s
The Three Billy Goats Gruff / The Three Little Pigs
Read by Holly Hunter
Original Music by Art Lande
Three billy goats encounter a greedy troll–and turn the tables on
him–when they try to cross a bridge in the popular Norwegian classic The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
The big bad wolf huffs and puffs his way through the tale of the brave
pig who outsmarts his fellow oinkers by simply working harder in the
all-time favorite The Three Little Pigs.
Read by Kathleen Turner
Original Music by Tangerine Dream
When the king orders a young woman to spin a room full of straw into
gold, she turns to a mysterious elfin man for help . . . but will the
price of his aid be her first-born child?
The Tiger and the Brahmin
Read by Ben Kingsley
Original Music by Ravi Shankar
“I shan’t eat you if you let me out of the cage,” the tiger tells the
Brahmin before the holy man discovers that the tiger intended to eat
him all along. Only the intervention of a clever jackal can save the
Brahmin from his fate.
The Ugly Duckling
Read by Cher
Original Music by Patrick Ball
Rediscover the inner beauty in all of us with this beloved Hans
Christian Andersen story of the outcast duckling who finds himself
transformed into a beautiful swan.