CBS Storybreak "What Happened in Hamelin" (lost episode from animated series; 1987)

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Cover of the original What Happened in Hamelin book

Status: Lost

"What Happened in Hamelin" is an episode of the animated literary anthology T.V. 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 of who wrote the teleplay or any other technical credits is unobtainable at the moment, aside from the fact that like the other episodes, this was co-produced by Hanna-Barbera Australia and Southern Star Entertainment. There's 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 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 video of a preview of this following an online video copy of "The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek", there still isn't a copy of this episode on the web in its entirety.


External Links

CBS Storybreak Animated TV Series fan page