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 TV series, CBS Storybreak. It premiered on October 3rd, 1987[1] and is an adaptation of the book of the same title, initially published and released in 1979, by Gloria Skurzynski.[2] 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.[1] There is also no info as to the comparisons and contrasts between the adaptation, and the book.

Premise[edit | edit source]

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.[3]

Availability[edit | edit source]

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 known as a Next Saturday promo following an online video copy of "The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek" on Youtube, with the promo itself also found on Facebook, there still isn't a copy of this episode on the web in its entirety.

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Images[edit | edit source]

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Videos[edit | edit source]

Next Saturday preview following a copy of the episode, "The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek." Promo starts at 9:10.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 193. ISBN 978-1476665993
  2. What Happened in Hamelin (1979) on Internet Archive Retrieved 29 Dec 2022
  3. Info about the various episodes including "What Happened in Hamelin" Retrieved 26 Aug. '21