Picks and Pans Review: The Storyteller

updated 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sat., Jan. 31, 8:30 p.m. ET)

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In a family (which doesn't just mean kids) special, Jim (The Muppets) Henson creates an eerie and ugly but mesmerizing world for a fable told by a wonderfully animated dog and a grizzled storyteller (John Hurt, but you wouldn't recognize him under all the warts). It is the story of a human hedgehog who lives as a hermit until he saves a king and, as his reward, gets the king's daughter. Here's lovely writing, an amazing and imaginative menagerie and a nice little tale.

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