My Ranking of Rabbit Ears Productions

by FMJBoyGenius | created - 24 Oct 2014 | updated - 31 May 2015 | Public

This is a ranking of the great Rabbit Ears stories from the 80s and 90s. Enjoy! They are all good except for the last one. Their version of Pinocchio was just ok. PLEASE NOTE: Not everything on this list is the Rabbit Ears versions of the stories. I put in different versions when I couldn't find the Rabbit Ears ones.

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Narrated by John Hurt.

2. Rabbit Ears: Rip Van Winkle (1992 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men drinking and playing bowls. He drinks some of ... See full summary »

Star: Anjelica Huston

Votes: 9

Narrated by Anjelica Huston.

3. Rabbit Ears: The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1985 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

The tin soldier has to overcome all obstacles to be with his one true love.

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 21

Narrated by Jeremy Irons.

4. Rabbit Ears: King Midas and the Golden Touch (1991 Video)

24 min | Animation, Short, Family

Michael Caine's brilliant narration adds a regal touch to this classic tale of ancient Greece in which King Midas discovers that some things in life are even more precious than gold. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Caine, Sweeney MacArthur, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 12

Narrated by Michael Caine.

5. Elephant's Child (1987 TV Movie)

27 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

That's the story of the Elephant's Child, who at the time has only a small nose and gets spanked by all his dear family because of his insatiable curiosity.

Director: Mark Sottnick | Star: Jack Nicholson

Votes: 85

Narrated by Jack Nicholson.

6. Little Ears: The Velveteen Rabbit (1984 Video)

24 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Margery Williams' enchanting story about a toy rabbit, first published in 1922.

Director: Mark Sottnick | Star: Meryl Streep

Votes: 116

Narrated by Meryl Streep.

Narrated by Jason Robards.

8. The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs (1989)

22 min | Animation, Short, Family

In the first of these two popular nursery tales, the greedy troll who lives under the bridge is no match for the biggest of the Billy Goats Gruff. The second tale, The Three Little Pigs, is... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Peterson | Star: Holly Hunter

Votes: 6

Narrated by Holly Hunter.

10. Tall Tales & Legends (1985–1988)
Episode: Johnny Appleseed (1986)

Comedy, Drama, Family

The misadventures of Johnny Appleseed (Martin Short) as he travels the country establishing apple orchards. (with Rob Reiner and Molly Ringwald).

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Martin Short, Rob Reiner, Molly Ringwald, Anne Jackson

Votes: 28

Narrated by Garrison Keillor.

11. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980 TV Movie)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Angered that Katrina has grown fond of schoolmaster Crane, Brom Bones determines to scare off the interloper by filling his head with spooky tales of a Headless Horseman. Crane disparages ... See full summary »

Director: Henning Schellerup | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Paul Sand, Meg Foster, Laura Campbell

Votes: 607

Narrated by Glenn Close.

12. Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991 Video)

30 min | Short, Comedy, Family

The Tsar of Russia proclaims that whoever builds a flying ship will marry his daughter, the princess. But, when a wacky,country fool and his five strange, superhuman friends arrive at the ... See full summary »

Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 49

Narrated by Robin Williams.

Narrated by Jodie Foster.

14. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Follow the Drinking Gourd (1993)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

LeVar reflects on a time when Africans were brought to America as slaves. He talks about how African-Americans risked their lives for freedom, and discusses how the music from slavery times... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Keith David, Robert M. Watson

Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

15. Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill (1988 Video)

25 min | Family

Take a rollicking ride through the Wild, Wild West with the original cowboy, Pecos Bill. Raised by coyotes to brave the great frontier, Pecos rides his wild mustang Widow-Maker and invents ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Raglin | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 65

Narrated by Robin Williams.

16. Moses: Egypt's Great Prince (1998 Video)

51 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

Moses: Egypt's Great Prince is a 1998 Direct-to-Video Animated Musical made by UAV Entertainment. It tells the story of the Biblical hero, Moses, and how he freed his people from their ... See full summary »

Director: Horseman Cao | Stars: Gregory Abbey, Philip Anthony, Lisa DeSimone, Jonathan Dokuchitz

Votes: 49

This is supposed to be two Rabbit Ears episodes. Moses in Egypt and Moses the Lawgiver.

Moses in Egypt was narrated by Danny Glover.

Moses the Lawgiver was narrated by Ben Kingsley.

Supposed to be Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion.

Narrated by Danny Glover.

18. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump (1987 TV Movie)

22 min | Animation

Two playful tales from Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories. In the first, a Parsee man seeks revenge on the nasty piggish rhino. In the second, pride and arrogance prove to be the downfall of... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sottnick | Star: Jack Nicholson

Votes: 17

Narrated by Jack Nicholson.

19. Anansi (2002)

80 min | Drama

From Ghana to a deserted coast - from Morocco to Spain - out of desperate need, a group of West Africans dare the perilous journey to Germany. But their path to the promised land of ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Baumann | Stars: George Quaye, Naomie Harris, Jimmy Akingbola, Maynard Eziashi

Votes: 33

Narrated by Denzel Washington.

Narrated by Keith Carradine.

21. Rabbit Ears: The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1987 Video)

23 min | Animation, Short, Family

Two enchanting stories by Beatrix Potter. In the first, Mr. Jeremy Fisher's minnow-fishing trip turns into quite a surprising adventure. In the second, the curious and disobedient Peter ... See full summary »

Stars: Meryl Streep, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 49

And Peter Rabbit.

Narrated by Meryl Streep.

22. Red Riding Hood (1987)

Unrated | 81 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The faithful little girl must brave the forest and the big, bad wolf to bring her grandmother a basket of goodies in this musical version of the classic fairytale.

Director: Adam Brooks | Stars: Amelia Shankley, Isabella Rossellini, Craig T. Nelson, Rocco Sisto

Votes: 358

also includes Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Narrated by Meg Ryan.

23. Tall Tales & Legends (1985–1988)
Episode: John Henry (1986)

Comedy, Drama, Family

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Director: Ray Danton | Stars: Danny Glover, Tom Hulce, Lynn Whitfield, Barry Corbin

Votes: 36

Narrated by Denzel Washington.

24. Animated Stories from the Bible (1987–2005)
Episode: David and Goliath (1995)

30 min | Animation, Drama, Family

Saul, king of Israel, struggles to do as the Lord commands. Through the Prophet Samuel, the Lord commands Saul destroy the Amalekites and kill all their animals. Saul refuses to kill their ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Rich | Stars: Andrew Marshall, Aldo Billingslea, Ray Porter, U. Jonathan Toppo

Votes: 34

Narrated by Mel Gibson.

Supposed to be East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Narrated by Max von Sydow.

26. Noah's Ark (1986 Video)

26 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The trio find themselves in the time of Noah, and help his family build the Ark, then survive the forty days and nights of rain that flooded the Earth.

Director: Ray Patterson | Stars: Lorne Greene, Charlotte Rae, Darleen Carr, Peter Cullen

Votes: 67

Narrated by Kelly McGillis.

27. The Savior Is Born (1992 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short

Retelling of the story of Mary and Joseph and their travel to Jerusalem for the birth of Jesus.

Star: Morgan Freeman

Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Supposed to be the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat.

Narrated by Amy Grant.

29. The Emperor's New Clothes (1987)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

In Europe several several centuries ago, a group of prisoners about to be executed are freed as part of the celebration of the upcoming marriage of the emperor's daughter, Princess Gilda, ... See full summary »

Director: David Irving | Stars: Sid Caesar, Clive Revill, Robert Morse, Lysette Anthony

Votes: 184

Narrated by John Gielgud.

30. Animated Stories from the New Testament (1987– )
Episode: Parables of Jesus (2003)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Family

This story reinforces the principles of forgiveness, compassion and stewardship. The parables teach us to be good stewards of our time and the things we have been given. The Parables of ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Rich | Stars: Mark Hunt, E.P. Watts, Gianfranco Freylinghuysen, Lee Johnson

Votes: 18

Supposed to be Parables that Jesus Told.

Narrated by Garrison Keillor.

31. Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Fictional chronicle of Squanto's life prior to and including the arrival of the "Mayflower" in 1620.

Director: Xavier Koller | Stars: Adam Beach, Mandy Patinkin, Sheldon Peters Wolfchild, Irene Bedard

Votes: 1,045 | Gross: $3.34M

Supposed to be Squanto and the First Thanksgiving.

Narrated by Graham Greene.

32. Jack and the Beanstalk (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

Jack and his mother are so poor that Jack is sent to the market to sell their only cow. When Jack returns with a handful of beans, his mother is upset and throws the beans out the window. ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Simon | Stars: Rob Paulsen, Will Ryan

Votes: 22

Narrated by Michael Palin.

33. Joseph and His Brothers (1990 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

The trio first find themselves in the land of Canaan where they meet Joseph who is sold into slavery by his 11 brothers then jump again into future 13 years to Egypt where Joseph has now become the right hand to the Pharaoh.

Directors: Don Lusk, Ray Patterson | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Darleen Carr, Darryl Hickman, Robert Ito

Votes: 26

Narrated by Ruben Blades.

35. Rumpelstiltskin (1987)

G | 84 min | Fantasy, Family, Musical

A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who receives help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only hope for her baby son, John.

Director: David Irving | Stars: Amy Irving, Billy Barty, Clive Revill, Priscilla Pointer

Votes: 522 | Gross: $0.36M

Narrated by Kathleen Turner.

36. The Lion and the Lamb (1996 Video)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Bill Kroyer | Stars: Amy Grant, Christopher Reeve

Votes: 17

Narrated by Amy Grant and Christopher Reeve.

Narrated by Nicholas Cage.

38. Brothers Five (1970)

109 min | Action, Drama

A young woman sets out to reunite feuding brothers to take out a gang of killers who have murdered their father.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Han Chin, Yi Chang, Yuen Kao

Votes: 157

Supposed to be The Five Chinese Brothers.

Narrated by John Lone.

39. Rabbit Ears: The Ugly Duckling (1985 Video)

Not Rated | Animation, Short, Family

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Star: Cher

Votes: 30

Narrated by Cher.

40. The Creation (1988 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Three friends travel through time in an animated account of the creation of all things and its corruption as it is told by the Scriptures.

Directors: Don Lusk, Ray Patterson | Stars: Tim Curry, Marc Singer, Stephanie Zimbalist, Darleen Carr

Votes: 36

Narrated by Amy Grant.

41. Rabbit Ears: Paul Bunyan (1990 Video)

Animation, Short, Family

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Director: Tim Raglin | Star: Jonathan Winters

Votes: 11

Narrated by Jonathan Winters.

42. Rabbit Ears: How the Leopard Got His Spots (1989 Video)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Family

The leopard and his friend the Ethiopian hunt for animals (like the kudu) on the veldt. The animals move to the jungle, into the shade, for safety. The leopard himself visits the jungle, ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Raglin | Star: Danny Glover

Votes: 19

Narrated by Danny Glover.

Narrated by Kelly McGillis.

44. The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet named Pinocchio has one major desire, to become a real boy someday, but he has to learn to act responsibly.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Martin Landau, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Geneviève Bujold, Udo Kier

Votes: 5,104 | Gross: $15.09M

Narrated by Danny Aiello.

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