Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre There are a few precious pieces of our collective childhood — Looney Tunes cartoons, Disney movies, Dr. Seuss books — whose magic endures all through… Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre There are a few precious pieces of our collective childhood — Looney Tunes cartoons, Disney movies, Dr. Seuss books — whose magic endures all through…
Movie on DVD Review

Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre (2008)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Sep 02, 2008; DVD Release Date: Sep 02, 2008; Genre: Kids and Family

There are a few precious pieces of our collective childhood — Looney Tunes cartoons, Disney movies, Dr. Seuss books — whose magic endures all through adulthood. This starry anthology, hosted by Duvall in a parade of fashion-blooper outfits, isn't one of them. Tackling a classic story (e.g., ''Cinderella,'' ''The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers'') in each episode, Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre gives a bevy of celebs the chance to play dress-up: Carrie Fisher mugs as Thumbelina; Robin Williams brings his trademark tics to the Frog Prince; Malcolm McDowell leers as the Big Bad Wolf; Mick Jagger sports a vaguely offensive Fu Manchu mustache as an Asian emperor in ''The Nightingale.'' But with community-theater production values and a patience-testing pace, most of the tales feel less timeless than simply time-consuming. C

Originally posted Sep 05, 2008 Published in issue #1010-1011 Sep 12, 2008 Order article reprints