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Hansel and Gretel in Storybook Community School.

Bert and Ernie as Hansel and Gretel on a cover of Epi / Blas ...y los demรกs (1970s).

Ernie and Bert again as the siblings on Ernie & Bert Mรคrchensongs (2013).

Hansel and Gretel is a classic children's tale by the Brothers Grimm. The eponymous protagonists are a brother and sister who get lost in the woods and encounter an evil witch. It has been parodied several times in Muppet productions, with the characters also making appearances in specials and series, as well as being featured in several projects.

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  • In 1958, following a sojourn in Europe, Jim Henson designed elaborate sets and built puppets for a Hansel and Gretel stage show, working in a more traditional puppetry style. The project was ultimately abandoned.
  • A version of the "Hansel and Gretel" tale told by Cookie Monster is featured on the 1977 LP The Sesame Street Fairy Tale Album, as well as a 1978 single. Cookie clarifies that the story he tells, where the children eat the entire gingerbread house, is about Hansel and Gretel "Huckleberry" from Yodeltown; rather than Hansel and Gretel "Hasenpfeffer" from Whistleville, who star in the commonly known version with the witch.


  • In an effort to sound more authentic in pronouncing the German name, Peter Linz introduced his character Hansel as "Hunsel" in Season 36 of Sesame Street. Yet, the correct German spelling "Hรคnsel", with the diacritic "รค" sounding almost identical to an English "a", actually renders Linz's performance linguistically incorrect. Matt Vogel later kept the erroneous pronunciation when taking over the character.


  • Joan Collins played the Stepmother and the Witch in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode.
  • Joan Cusack voiced Verushka (the Witch) in Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.
  • Paul Dooley played the woodcutter in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode.
  • Bill Hader voiced Hansel in Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.
  • Cloris Leachman played Griselda the witch in the Cannon Movie Tales version.
  • Cheech Marin voiced the Woodcutter in the Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child episode.
  • Amy Poehler voiced Gretel in Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.
  • David Warner played the father in the Cannon Movie Tales version.
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