CBS Storybreak "What Happened in Hamelin" (lost episode from animated series; 1987)
"What Happened in Hamelin" is an episode of the animated literary anthology TV series, CBS Storybreak. It premiered on October 3rd, 1987 and is an adaptation of the book of the same title, initially published and released in 1979, by Gloria Skurzynski. Concerning information about who wrote the teleplay or any other technical credits is unobtainable at the moment, aside from the fact that, like the other episodes, this episode was co-produced by Hanna-Barbera Australia and Southern Star Entertainment. There is also no info as to the comparisons and contrasts between the adaptation, and the book.
A continuation of where the original Pied Piper story left off, feeling betrayed, the Pied Piper requites Hamelin's citizens by luring away their children with his flute-playing when they deny payment to him for getting rid of the rats. When his young protege finds out about his mentor's treacherous plan, he and a girl must find a way to get the kids back, and save them from an uncertain, indeterminate fate.
Whereas most of the series has been uploaded online, this is one of the remaining two episodes that are currently unavailable and has yet to be uploaded. It wasn't among a few of the episodes that were released on VHS and for the longest, it has been one of the rarest, and most obscure episodes. Other than a video of a preview of this following an online video copy of "The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek" on Youtube and video of a Next Saturday Morning promo ad on Facebook, there still isn't a copy of this episode on the web in its entirety.
- Facebook fan page for CBS Storybreak. Retrieved 27 Jan '20