Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics
was an anime series produced by Nippon Animation. It was originally aired from 1987 to 1989.
The anime was based on the stories by The Brothers Grimm
and a number of other authors. Each story was told in a half-hour format. Some stories, like "Cinderella" and "Puss in Boots" were aired in two parts. "Snow White" was aired in four parts. Most episodes were somewhat faithful to the original stories, with various changes made to suit the half-hour episode run.
Can be seen as a Spiritual Succesor
to Andersen Monogatari
- Bowdlerization: Played With, for some of the episodes. For example, Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters do not end up blind and mutiltated, nor does her magic tree have any connection to Cinderella's dead mother. Of course, in a subversion, we also get the stepmother having the poor tree destroyed. "Brother and Sister" also bordered on this. The witch merely kidnaps the Queen, rather than killing her, and the subplot with the stepsister is omitted entirely.
- The Nickelodeon dub also went a bit further. Infamously, "The Coat Of Many Colors" had to be redubbed to omit references to incest. Strangely enough, the original dub is the only version available online.
- Drunk on Milk: In The Town Musicians Of Bremen, the donkey acts giddy and walks on his hind legs after eating strange flowers. The narration even says that people make some kinds of wine from certain flowers.
- Grimmification: The Crystal Ball. For all that is pure and decent in the world, The Crystal Ball.
- Shout-Out: A lot to Disney. The most obvious being in the Mother Holle episode, where Hildegarde meets a white rabbit. Cinderella and Snow White also resemble their Disney counterparts.
- Shown Their Work: Not only did the show feature many obscure fairy tales, it also included Puss in Boots and Bluebeard, despite only appearing in the Grimm's first collection (Perrault's earlier versions are why those stories are otherwise known today).