Top Ten Tuesday #2: My Top 10 Rabbit Ears Stories

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top 10 favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

So, here’s my top 10 Favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

East of the Sun West of the Moon

10. East of the Sun West of the Moon: In this old Scandinavian tale, a young girl ends up staying with a cursed prince who was turned into a bear and when she accidentally broke her promise to the cursed prince, the young girl resolves to rescue her prince from the evil Troll Queen! Max Von Sydow’s narration was brilliant in this story as he narrated in a solemn yet dramatic voice that really brought so much tension to this story. Vivienne Flescher’s artwork is gorgeous to look at, especially of the image of the girl having long wavy blond hair that really makes her character shine in this story.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Washington Irving’s most frightening tale comes to life as Ichabod Crane tries to win the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, but must face the frightening Headless Horseman! Glenn Close is back as her narration, just like in “the Emperor and the Nightingale,” her narration is smooth and gives so much serenity to this story and so much horror in this story during the frightening parts. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at, especially during the scenes where Ichabod Crane is being chased by the Headless Horseman!

Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin

8. Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin: In this classic Native American tale, Princess Scargo realizes that she must sacrifice her most precious gift in order to save her tribe from a drought that plagued the land. Geena Davis’ narration is smooth and really brings so much calmness and quiet intensity to this story. Karen Barbour’s artwork truly captures the artwork normally shown in many Native American stories and it really brings the story to life!

Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion

7. Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion: The tale of Brer Rabbit going up against the village terror, Boss Lion, is definitely one story that I just have to watch over and over again! Danny Glover’s narration is fantastic as he brings so much humor and terror to the story with his energetic narration! Bill Mayer’s artwork really brings the intensity and exaggeration to the story as all the characters have exaggerated limbs and wide mouths that really show their horrified or excited expressions!

The Emperor and the Nightingale

6. The Emperor and the Nightingale: I have always loved Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a proud Emperor who realizes that true beauty doesn’t always come from a person’s appearance as he learns the hard way about nearly ditching the real Nightingale for a mechanical one. Glenn Close’s narration is gentle and it really brings so much beauty to this ancient Chinese fairy tale. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork really brings out the beauty of the land of China as the wildlife is drawn in intricate detail!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

5. The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs: I have always loved the stories of “The Three Little Pigs” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” so it was a treat to see these classics come to life with Holly Hunter’s hilarious narration and David Jorgensen’s beautiful yet hilarious artwork! I just loved the way that Holly Hunter voiced all the characters in these stories, especially of the wolf in “the Three Little Pigs” as he sounds like a hipper version of the Big Bad Wolf we all know and love!

How the Camel Got His HumpHow the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

4. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump: This is easily one of the most unusual yet creative retellings I had ever heard of Rudyard Kipling’s famous “Just So Stories!” The fact that both stories deal with characters that are rude or are too vain towards other people and they get their just desserts was brilliantly told as I found myself realizing the consequences of being too vain or too rude. Jack Nicholson’s narrating is pretty much butter on this tale as his voice is so smooth and it brings so much serenity to these tales! Tim Raglin’s artwork is colorful and they really depict the animals so well, especially with the Camel having purple bags under his eyes, which shows his vain nature.

John Henry

3. John Henry: The story of a strong and confident steel driver going up against a steam drill towards the end of the story has always resonated with me as I loved John Henry’s eternal optimism throughout this story! Denzel Washington has done a brilliant job at narrating this story as his voice is full of wonder and excitement, which really got me invested into the characters. Barry Jackson’s artwork is truly amazing as the characters look somewhat humorous whenever they look in awe at John Henry’s astonishing feats.

Pecos Bill

2. Pecos Bill: The adventures of the world’s greatest Cowboy, Pecos Bill, is told hilariously and brilliantly by none other than Robin Williams! The story itself was both funny and dramatic at the same time as we see Pecos Bill go on various adventures such as fighting a cougar single handedly and then lassoing a tornado! Robin Williams’ narration was hilarious as he truly gets into his role as the narrator of this story by having a boisterous Western accent that really brought this story to life. Tim Raglin’s artwork really brought this story to life as the characters are colorful to look at!

The Fool and the Flying Ship

1. The Fool and the Flying Ship: This is absolutely my most favorite title out of the entire Rabbit Ears series as it was filled with great humor and creative moments! Robin Williams was awesome in this story as he gives each character a distinctive voice and the artwork by Henrik Drescher was a true treat as the characters may look a bit odd, but they are fun and creative to look at! The Russian folktale about a simple peasant who ends up getting help from several men who have strange super human abilities to earn the Tsar’s daughter’s hand in marriage has been brought to life in a brilliant and hilarious light in this memorable version of the ancient folktale!

So, what are your favorite Rabbit Ears Stories? Please feel free to comment!

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #2: My Top 10 Rabbit Ears Stories”

  1. Great list!
    Okay, here are a few others that are truly superb and would make my list:
    The Tiger and the Brahmin — this one is simply incredible, just so funny and perfectly narrated by the great Ben Kingsley. This is genius storytelling told by a master.

    Thumbelina — among Mark Isham’s many scores for Rabbit Ears, this is one of the best, and I think there is a very unique, simply lovely tone to this tale with fine narration by Kelly McGillis.

    Mose the Fireman — I think this one can get lost among Rabbit Ears’s “American Tales” selections, but Michael Keaton is so good and they get the New York flavor of the story perfectly. Very funny and has a nice warmly sweet side too, with a top notch jazz score by Walter Becker (of Steely Dan) and John Beasley.

    1. Awesome comment! I also enjoyed the Tiger and Brahmin! That story really knew how to combine comedy and drama all in one story and I loved it! I also think that Mose the Fireman is underrated among other Rabbit Ears stories and I really enjoyed it also. I definitely would love to see your list of your favorite Rabbit Ears stories! 😀

  2. What a fun list–love the illustrations for each! East of the Sun West of the Moon and Sleepy Hollow are two I fondly remember. I’ll have to check out those particular visual adaptations of them. Audio books can be so fantastic–they can enhance the story so much! 🙂

      1. So great to see all this interest and these comments. Here are a few more absolute classics (I had commented earlier at the top of this list) — and I’d like to bring up some of the slightly more obscure titles:
        Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion is quite wonderful and one of the most absolutely laugh out loud titles. (Although The Tar Baby is perhaps the more famous classic, in the Rabbit Ears line I think that Boss Lion is even better, which is saying something.) — oops, now I notice that was one of your picks — I had forgotten that! — since I had meant to post other great titles. But I’ll leave my comment…
        The Bremen Town Musicians — masterful actor Bob Hoskins is such an amazing storyteller and this one works for both kids and adults so well.
        Squanto and the First Thanksgiving — woodwind master Paul McCandless has created such a gorgeous score here and the story narrated by Graham Green is one of the most moving Rabbit Ears titles. A nice history lesson as well.
        The Monkey People — Raul Julia is superb on this tale that is one of the most profound messages in a Rabbit Ears title, particularly for our age. Guitar master Lee Ritenour offers a wonderful score as well.
        Jack and the Beanstalk — any Monty Python fans out there? Michael Palin is simply perfect for a fresh retelling of this classic, and Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics) also provides a sharp modern approach to the music that actually works very well. And there are some songs after the storytelling, which is a lovely plus.
        I’ll stop here, but I could go on… and as I mentioned earlier, you have selected some of my personal favorite already, like East of the Sun West of the Moon and The Emperor and the Nightingale…

        And for anyone interested in a further perspective on one of the selections, I wrote about The Fool and the Flying Ship on my own blog — thanks for letting me share here:

      2. Awesome post! I also enjoyed The Monkey People and Jack and the Beanstalk as they were some of the funniest stories out there (well, behind the Fool and the Flying Ship anyway)! Glad to see another Rabbit Ears Fan on this site!

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