Let's Pretend

A radio series started in the 1930's, with each episode serving as a retelling of a classic (and occasionally obscure) fairy tale. Some episodes are in public domain and can be heard here.

The series provides examples of:

  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Suprisingly averted; multiple episodes had villainous princesses in them.
  • Halloween Episode: A few of the fairy tales were meant to serve as holiday specials. "Fairer-Than-A-Fairy" meant to serve as a Halloween special, "Ceres and Proserpina" served as a Thanksgiving special. "The Leprechaun" served as a St. Patrick's Day special. An original play, called "House of the World," served as a Christmas special.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Remember folks, radio was the TV of its time. There was a comic, picture books, and records based on the series.
  • Missing Episode: The Bluebeard episode was later pulled from reairing after parents complained about the series. Despite this, it was released on records.
    • Due to being a radio show, some of the episodes have been lost to time.
  • Never Say "Die": Played With. Animal deaths tended to be retained (i.e. the death of the goat in "One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes"). Human deaths tended to be censored, such as in the show's adaption of Bluebeard, where the wives are merely held prisoner in the chamber, rather than killed.
  • Shown Their Work: The series tended to be very faithful to source material. It featured one of the few adaptions of Rapunzel to remember the witch is the heroine's godmother.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Snow White is referred to as her original English name, Snowdrop.
    • The record covers, which were from the 1970's, have very pyschadelic imagery.