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First aired August 28, 1990[1]
Last aired
Network Disney Channel
Seasons 3
No. of episodes 39

Mother Goose Stories is a television show hosted by Mother Goose, who tells her three goslings the stories behind well-known nursery rhymes.

The show combined live-action child actors with elaborate puppets from Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The show featured puppeteers Mike Quinn, Mak Wilson, and Karen Prell as various characters, along with Angie Passmore as the titular Mother Goose. Fourteen of the episodes were based on stories in L. Frank Baum's 1897 book Mother Goose in Prose, while the others were original tales written for the show. The general look of the characters was based on the work of Maxfield Parrish, the artist who illustrated Baum's book.[2]

The series was originally conceived as a co-production between the Jim Henson Company and TSW for British television. A pilot episode, the story of "Humpty Dumpty", was produced in 1987 along with other episodes. The series was considered for a network slot in 1987, but was passed on.[3] The first release of the series came in 1988 through a home video release as part of Jim Henson's Play-Along Video. The video featured three episodes of the show, "Little Miss Muffet", "A Song of Sixpence" and "Boy Blue", plus original linking footage between each story.

The series finally found a home as a broadcast series on the Disney Channel in 1990, and was the company's first new television series to debut after the death of Jim Henson. Mother Goose Stories had three production seasons, spawning thirty-nine eight-minute episodes. For airing on the Disney Channel, the 39 independently produced episodes were grouped into 13 broadcast episodes to fit the half-hour time slot. Each of these broadcast episodes was comprised of three separate stories (with individual opening titles and closing credits attached to each one).

The first and third seasons of Mother Goose Stories were directed by Brian Henson, in one of his earliest directorial efforts for The Jim Henson Company, while Michael Kerrigan directed the episodes in the second season. Henson and Kerrigan received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Program for their work on the show.

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Awards

1991

Daytime Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding Directing in a Children's Series (Brian Henson, Michael Kerrigan)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design (Mark Storey, Jacqueline Mills, Jill Thraves)
ACE Awards
  • Best Achievement in Children's Programming
  • Best Achievement in Art Direction in a Comedy or Music Special/Series (Gordon Toma, Dennis King)
  • Best Achievement in Writing in a Children's Series (David Angus).

1989

American Film and Video Association

Episodes

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Individual stories

Alphabetical list

  • It's Raining, It's Pouring
  • Jack & Jill
  • Jack be Nimble
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Little Girl With A Curl
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Little Nut Tree
  • Man in the Moon
  • Margery Daw
  • Mary, Mary
  • Mary's Little Lamb
  • Mother Hubbard
  • Old King Cole
  • Pat-A-Cake
  • Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater
  • The Prince and the Beggars
  • Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
  • The Queen of Hearts
  • Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
  • Rub a Dub Dub
  • A Song of Sixpence
  • Tommy Tittlemouse
  • Tommy Tucker
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • Willie Winkie

Disney Channel broadcast groupings

# Story 1 Story 2 Story 3
1 Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat Little Bo Peep Willie Winkie
2 Pat-A-Cake The Giant It's Raining, It's Pouring
3 The Queen of Hearts Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross Hickety Pickety
4 Tommy Tittlemouse Mother Hubbard The Prince and The Beggars
5 A Song of Sixpence Jack & Jill Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
6 Mary, Mary Mary's Little Lamb Man in the Moon
7 Margery Daw Hector Protector Baa Baa Blacksheep
8 Dicky Birds Rub a Dub Dub Humpty Dumpty
9 Hickory Dickory Dock Duke of York Hey, Diddle Diddle
10 Old King Cole Eenie Meenie Little Nut Tree
11 Little Girl With A Curl The Crooked Man Tommy Tucker
12 Eensy Weensy Spider Little Jack Horner Boy Blue
13 Little Miss Muffet Jack be Nimble Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater

Credits

Created and Produced by: Roberta Jimenez Kurtz
Directed by: Brian Henson, Michael J. Kerrigan
Written by: David Angus
Music by: Linda Danly, Mimi Danly
Puppeteers: Mike Quinn, Mak Wilson, Karen Prell, Angie Passmore
Designers: Ron Mueck, Jamie Courtier
Puppets Created by: Jim Henson's Creature Shop

See also

Sources

  1. Roush, Matt. "TV Commentary; The week was pumped up on all fronts". USA Today. August 24, 1990.
  2. Bacon, Matt. No Strings Attached. p. 67
  3. Nathanson, Paul. "Bonner set to replace Allan in top ITV children's slot". Campaign. October 30, 1987.

External links

  • "Mother Goose in Prose" by L. Frank Baum

This article uses material from the "Mother Goose Stories" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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