Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child

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  • TV-Y
  • 1995
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.8  (792)

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child was a beloved animated anthology series that aired on HBO from 1995 to 2000. Each episode would adapt a classic fairy tale and give it a unique twist by setting it in a different cultural context, with an all-star cast of voice actors bringing the characters to life.

The show was celebrated for its commitment to diversity and inclusion, offering young viewers a chance to see themselves reflected in the stories they grew up on. Its mission was to showcase a range of cultures and traditions, exposing its audience to the rich and varied world around them. And with its stunning animation and captivating storytelling, it succeeded in doing just that.

The show's cast featured some of the biggest names in Hollywood, with actors from all backgrounds and walks of life coming together to lend their voices to this ambitious project. Among the show's regulars were Davida Williams, Dawnn Lewis, James Earl Jones, and Kathie Lee Gifford. But each episode would also feature guest stars, with the likes of Jimmy Smits, Nell Carter, Pam Grier, Regis Philbin, Robert Guillaume, Sinbad, and Whoopi Goldberg all making appearances over the years.

One of the things that made Happily Ever After so special was its dedication to cultural authenticity. Each episode would carefully research the traditions and customs of the culture it was depicting, and would work with consultants and advisors to ensure that everything was depicted accurately and respectfully. This attention to detail made the show a valuable educational tool, as well as a source of entertainment.

The show's animation was another major selling point, with each episode featuring vivid colors, intricate designs, and fluid movements. The animators took great care to bring the various settings to life, whether it was the bustling streets of New York City or the serene landscapes of Japan. And with each new episode, the animation would adapt to fit the unique cultural context of the story.

But above all, what made Happily Ever After such a beloved series was its heart. Each episode would offer a powerful message of inclusivity and acceptance, showing young viewers that it was okay to be different, and that anyone could be a hero. Whether it was a young girl overcoming sexism in medieval England, or a poor boy rising to become emperor of China, the show's characters were always inspiring, always relatable, and always worth rooting for.

In short, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child was a remarkable achievement in children's programming. It was a show that transcended age, race, and culture, offering a message of hope and positivity to everyone who watched it. And even though it's been off the air for over 20 years, its impact can still be felt today, as its themes of diversity and inclusivity continue to resonate with audiences of all kinds.

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (39 episodes). The series first aired on March 28, 1995.

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Where to Watch Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child on demand at Max, HBO NOW, Microsoft Movies & TV and Google Play.
  • Premiere Date
    March 28, 1995
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (792)