Anime / Grimms Fairy Tale Classics

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 Successor to Andersen Monogatari


  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: "The Coat of Many Colors" implies that the princess has PTSD from her insane father's attempts to force her to marry him.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Huntsman in Snow White. Originally, he was unable to kill Snow White and spared her. In this version, he didn't, and he got a Disney Villain Death.
    • The witch in "Rapunzel" as well. Here, she apparently locked Rapunzel away from the world immediately after kidnapping her, rather than when she turned twelve. In addition to giving her adopted daughter a Traumatic Haircut and casting her out into a desert after finding out about the prince's visits, she beats her into unconsciousness, and it's implied she was originally intending to kill her. Moreover, she pushes the prince out of the tower with her magic, unlike in the original story where he jumped out.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: In the original story, the prince heard Rapunzel singing. Here, he hears her playing a harp. This raises the question of how he knew it was a woman up in the tower.
  • Adapted Out: There is no stepsister in this version of Brother and Sister.
  • 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, shortening scenes where characters are beaten, making deaths cleaner, and removing instances of breastfeeding. 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.
  • The Caligula: In "The Coat of Many Colors," the princess's father loses his mind and tries to force his daughter to marry him.
  • Composite Character: This version of "The Six Swans" gives the evil mother-in-law's role in the story to the Wicked Stepmother.
  • Damsel in Distress: In "Brother and Sister", the queen is abducted by her stepmother and taken to a foreboding mountain.
  • Death by Adaptation: In this version of Snow White, a boar knocks the huntsman off a cliff to his death.
    • The mad king in "The Coat of Many Colors," the show's version of "Allerleirauh," is heavily implied to die in a fire he set by accident.
  • Disney Villain Death:
    • The witch in "The Iron Stove" suffers this after getting stunned by the princess's amulet.
    • The huntsman in "Snow White" gets knocked off a cliff by a boar.
  • Distressed Dude: The prince in "The Iron Stove", who is under a witch's curse, and later gets abducted by her.
  • 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.
  • Frame-Up: In "The Six Swans", the witch kidnaps the princess's son and makes it look like she ate him.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Rapunzel and the Prince thing. The writers didn't show them doing anything graphic, but she got pregnant of him and the prince and Rapunzel awoke in the SAME BED.
  • Giggling Villain: The witch from "The Iron Stove".
  • Grimmification: The Crystal Ball. For all that is pure and decent in the world, The Crystal Ball.
  • The Hedge of Thorns: The princess in "The Iron Stove" has to get through one of these in order to save her prince. It turns out to be an illusion, but braving it still took a lot of courage on her part.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "The Six Swans", the witch, having been exposed for what she really is, attacks with a wind spell. But in doing so, she reignites the princess's pyre, and sets herself aflame.
  • Hot Witch: Three of them - the one in "The Iron Stove" (who more closely resembles a succubus than a typical witch), the one in "The Six Swans" (whose beauty briefly manages to charm the heroine's father), and the one in "The Water Nixie" (who wears a pink see-through dress). All three witches are the villains of their respective episodes.
  • Master of Illusion: The witch in "The Iron Stove."
  • Named by the Adaptation: Some of the episodes give the characters names they didn't have in the original stories.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Their version of Bluebeard is resemblant to Henry VIII.
  • Parental Incest: "The Coat of Many Colors" has a mentally ill king try to marry his daughter.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: There are several, given the nature of its stories, most based on 18th century styles.
    • Josephine in "Bluebeard" is offered lots of dresses, including a white one with several layers of ruffling on the skirt, and a pink on with several ribbons and ruffles.
    • The dress made for "Cinderella" is pale pink with plenty of frills and ruffles, and a yellow flounced petticoat. Even the queen wears an orange dress with golden trimming, white ruffles and petticoat, and giant poofy sleeves. The stepmother and stepsisters have their own fancy dresses as well.
    • Leonora in "The Frog Prince" wears a pink and white dress, complete with poofy sleeves and fur-trimmed neckline.
    • The princess in "The Water of Life" wears a yellow dress with a pink petticoat of several layers of frills, and a fur-trimmed neckline.
    • The princesses in "The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes" wear several dresses, with the eldest wearing a Fairytale Wedding Dress at the end.
  • Sanity Slippage: It's mentioned in the backstory of "The Coat of Many Colors" that the king gradually lost his mind, with the implication that some kind of meningitis was responsible.
  • 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).
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The stepmother in "Brother and Sister" has her power broken and ends up wandering the woods in a daze, but she doesn't get burned at the stake.
  • Villainous Glutton: The wolf from "The Fox And The Wolf", who's always complaining about wanting to eat. It costs him in the end.