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This list of classic stories begins at ‘Ever After High’ where no one is allowed to change their future destiny, but Raven (Erin Fitzgerald), daughter of the Evil Queen, wants a whole new tale where she can play the good guy.
Bringing a bucket load of complications into everybody’s lives, secrets, dramas, romance and everything you ever need is trapped in this show.
So if you like shows that bend the rules and break the mold, then these next three TV series like ‘Ever After High’ are for you.
Say you’ll marry the girl who fits this slipper…
At a time when most other shows for children were either low-budget productions or product-inspired cartoons, this show set out to produce high-quality classic entertainment that children would enjoy.
Much inspired by an earlier children’s program, ‘Shirley Temple’s Storybook’ (1958), Shelley Duvall hosts this program featuring some of the best-known in Hollywood performing adaptations of traditional stories.
I have to admit, the special effects and props are a little cheesy. They didn’t have advanced technology back in the early 80s but everyone involved in this classic series did an amazing job making all of the tales come to life. As a kid, I liked it; as an adult, I love it!
Happy ever after didn’t last as long as we’d hoped…
A father and daughter are caught in a parallel universe where the great queens Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood have had their kingdoms fragmented by warring trolls, giants and goblins.
The humor is sharp, the acting superb (Scott Cohen as Wolf steals every scene; John Larroquette gives outstanding delivery of dry-wit; Rutger Hauer is a frightening villain), the sets are exquisite! The suspense and tension are incomparable.
Now everyone hurry and pack because the coach turns into a pumpkin at the stroke of 11…
‘Once Upon a Time’ isn’t the first series to send Snow White to the modern world. In 1987, ABC’s ‘The Charmings’ did the same thing, only instead of using the classic Snow White tale as the starting point for mystical drama and cool special effects, it acted as the framework for a sitcom about Snow and Prince Charming waking up in suburban L.A. after a thousand-year nap. The show didn’t last long, but it’s hard to argue with Paul Winfield as the Magic Mirror. I dig those opening credits too!
Ah, destiny! The cruel nature of fate is just one theme I loved in ‘Ever After High’. But what if you don’t want to play by the rules and walk the path chosen? Check out these next three series similar to ‘Ever After High’ that touch on misfortune and doom.
It takes a strong heart to cry, but it takes a stronger heart to say why…
In a magical universe, witches and warriors begin fighting in the name of good. vs. evil. At a magic school, five teenage girls are selected to defend the universe with their magic.
This show is gripping. Sometimes the girls lose, but that makes the show even more interesting. What I like is when something bad happens, you don’t know which side is going to win, making it really unpredictable.
So it’s full of clichés and stereotypes – big deal! This is a kids show meant for fun and entertainment. It’s not supposed to be intellectual. This is what a cartoon is supposed to be like.
In the name of the moon, I will right wrong and triumph over evil… and that means you!
This tells of the magical action-adventures of a teenage girl who learns of her destiny as the legendary warrior Sailor Moon and must band together with the other Sailor Soldiers to defend the Earth and Galaxy.
The villains are just as well-developed as the heroes. There are way too many to mention, but suffice to say ‘Sailor Moon’ has some of the evilest, unique and scariest villains I have ever seen in a cartoon. They face a different group of villains every season who are destroyed at the end (with the exception of those who turn good), so it never gets boring (unlike ‘Pokemon’, where they face against Team Rocket who lose in every single episode and movie).
He had a complicated past. Family tradition, I guess. Let’s just move on…
In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar.
When I first saw the previews for ‘Avatar’, I thought it was going to be another lame show created during a Nickelodeon slump. Boy, was I wrong. It’s my favorite show on Nick. The best parts are definitely the plot lines and the world that Konietzko and Dimartino have created. This is definitely one of the most complex cartoons on television.
That being said, the show is truly amazing. The characterization is great and the voice actors fit the characters well. The animation is of a fairly good quality, although it’s clear that some corners are cut at times.
Make sure to also have a look at these other great series like ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’.
Fairy tales and the classic Disney stories are right up my street. As a kid, I always wanted to know what happened to the happy couple when the story ended. We’ve luckily been re-let into these amazing worlds (no thanks to Hollywood, I might add) and have gotten a few glimpses into our favorite character’s childhoods, too.
For an adult touch, check out ‘Once Upon a Time’ and these enchanting TV shows – all well worth a look!
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