rosebloodreaper:

icecream-eaterrr:

amazelife:

renamok:

The Valiant Little Tailor

Jack and the Beanstalk

Beauty and the Beast

Pinocchio

Thumbelina

Puss in Boots

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Little Mermaid

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

The Princess and the Pauper

The Snow Queen

HBO’s “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” 1995 - 2000

(from the same people who eventually brought us “The Proud Family”)

Attention
bluishtigerrs
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I GREW UP ON THESE MOVIES!!

No you all don’t understand how important Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child, was. No. It taught me so much and it always brought my mom and grandma to tears. The fact that these fables have POC made my grandma cry cause she didn’t have that when she was young. It would also make my mom smile because many of the voice Actors were just FAMOUS PEOPLE. I’m not kidding. Pinocchio was voiced by Will Smith and not only was the story true blue it brought me to tears cause it was so sweet and amazing. Oh and also Maya Angelou also voiced some characters in a very special episode that empowered little girls and women to stand up for what they believe in. I believe it was Rip Van Winkle, but anyway you all should watch this series.

Representation matters more than I can say. It’s instrumental for a lot of people trying to find validation, understanding, and a sense of belonging in this very labels and image-oriented society.

This show was a major part of my childhood. And the sad thing? Not until posting this did I even consider that other kids, like me, were out there experiencing this phenomenon with me… and that even more had no idea it even existed.

I forgot to mention that MANY celebrities (People of Color, especially) contributed to this series. Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symoné, Wesley Snipes, Gregory Hines, Will Smith, Eartha Kitt, Rosie Perez, BD Wong, Tia Carrere,Margaret Cho, Amy Hill… Heck, Buffy Sainte-Marie voiced the spirit of the enchanted mirror in this show’s rendition of Snow White.

Every show had a musical number. Ever episode had a very clear moral that was universal… and every episode was a fairy tale told within the confines of a different culture.

My favorite version of Rapunzel, Snow White, and Goldilocks are in this series.

I can’t stop talking about it. I don’t want others to stop talking about it. This kind of thing was COMMON in the 90s but is almost impossible to find now and I want to know WHY and how we can swing the pendulum back in the direction of progressiveness and pluralism. 

3 months ago on 27 June 2014 @ 3:47am 26,359 notes

torukun1:

renamok:

The Valiant Little Tailor

Jack and the Beanstalk

Beauty and the Beast

Pinocchio

Thumbelina

Puss in Boots

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Little Mermaid

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

The Princess and the Pauper

The Snow Queen

HBO’s “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” 1995 - 2000

(from the same people who eventually brought us “The Proud Family”)

YEAH REN IT’S BACK ON MY DASH :D

:D !!!

I’m just so happy to see so many people remembering the series and what it meant to them… hearing that teachers actually showed it to their classes… having people ask where they can watch it (because really the whole reason I posted about this show to begin with is because I want a DVD boxset of the entire series. The VHS versions are hard to find)… and then just… People recognizing that storytelling can be done outside of the confines of ‘traditional’ settings and castings. One of my favorite responses so far has been “Disney has no excuse”. Because it doesn’t. 

I’ve been marathoning the series again via DVR. The show still comes on really early in the morning on HBO Family in three episode blocks. I watched my favorite (Rapunzel) on Monday.

3 months ago on 19 June 2014 @ 5:30pm 26,359 notes

a-spoon-is-born:

renamok:

The Valiant Little Tailor

Jack and the Beanstalk

Beauty and the Beast

Pinocchio

Thumbelina

Puss in Boots

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Little Mermaid

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

The Princess and the Pauper

The Snow Queen

HBO’s “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” 1995 - 2000

(from the same people who eventually brought us “The Proud Family”)

Here’s a youtube playlist with 75 episodes.

3 months ago on 13 June 2014 @ 10:55pm 26,359 notes

shenerdist:

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Season 1

(all links go to YouTube, some are low quality)

Jack and the Beanstalk

Part 1

Part 2

Little Red Riding Hood AKA Little Red Happy Coat

Part 1

Part 2

Hansel and Gretel

Part 1 

Part 2

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Part 1

Part 2

Rumpelstiltskin

Part 1

Part 2

The Frog Prince

Part 1

Part 2

Sleeping Beauty AKA Sleeping Rosita

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Rapunzel

The Valiant Little Tailor

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Cinderella 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Beauty and the Beast

Part 1

Part 2 

Part 3

Part 4

Snow White

Part 1

Part 2

The Princess and the Pea

3 months ago on 4 June 2014 @ 9:12pm 1,154 notes

shenerdist:

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Season 2

(all links go to YouTube, some are low quality)

Pinocchio

Part 1

Part 2

Thumbelina

Puss in Boots

The Pied Piper

Part 1

Part 2

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Part 1

Part 2

The Golden Goose

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

The Little Mermaid

Part 1

Part 2

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Fisherman and His Wife

Aladdin

The Elves and the Shoemaker

King Midas and the Golden Touch

Mother Goose: A Rappin’ & Rhymin’ Special

3 months ago on 4 June 2014 @ 9:12pm 47 notes

shenerdist:

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Season 3

(all links go to YouTube, some are low quality)

The Three Little Pigs

Ali Baba

The Bremen Town Musicians

Part 1

Part 2

The Empress’s Nightingale

Part 1

Part 2

The Happy Prince

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Henny Penny

The Frog Princess

Part 1

Part 2

The Princess and the Pauper

Rip Van Winkle AKA Rip Winkle

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

The Snow Queen

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Part 1

Part 2

Aesop’s Fables: A Whodunit Musical

Robinita Hood

3 months ago on 4 June 2014 @ 9:12pm 92 notes
8 months ago on 20 January 2014 @ 11:02pm 7 notes

Creole Rapunzel as voiced by Tisha Campbell

8 months ago on 20 January 2014 @ 3:49pm 4 notes

Currently watching my favorite incarnation of Rapunzel.

8 months ago on 20 January 2014 @ 3:43pm 5 notes

renamok:

The Valiant Little Tailor

Jack and the Beanstalk

Beauty and the Beast

Pinocchio

Thumbelina

Puss in Boots

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Little Mermaid

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

The Princess and the Pauper

The Snow Queen

HBO’s “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” 1995 - 2000

(from the same people who eventually brought us “The Proud Family”)

Over 8K notes now and people still mentioning the resemblance to The Proud Family (Hint: Read this.), reminiscing about the show, wondering how they missed its existence, and raising critical questions about PoC representation today in other similar media (Disney).

I love it. I’m so happy this took off the way it did. I only wish I had the ability to share the actual series itself with people who are interested.

My favorite episodes are: Rapunzel (Tisha Campbell as Rapunzel with Whoopi Goldberg as the evil Hoodoo Diva, Madam Zenobia. It shits all over Tangled and shows PATF how to do NoLa influenced mysticism right), Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Raven Symoné as the plucky, dreadlocked titular character), The Princess and the Pauper (Raven again with a spin on the Twain tale), White Snow and the Seven Dwarfs (three words: Buffy Sainte-Marie), Rumplestiltskin, The Little Mermaid (Tia Carrera as the titular character), Little Red Happy Coat, and Sleeping Rosita.

So many of these episodes have stood the test of time (particularly Rapunzel, my favorite of the entire series…). Why they aren’t all available on DVD, I couldn’t tell you. :(

8 months ago on 11 January 2014 @ 5:48pm 26,359 notes