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.
- Hansel and Gretel appear as characters in a retelling of Cinderella in The Muppets on Puppets. In this sketch, Gretel was portrayed by a cow.
- 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.
- The 1965 industrial film Shrinkel and Stretchel spoofed the story, with Taminella Grinderfall as the witch.
- Dinosaurs: Classic Tales featured a parody, "Hanselsauras and Greteldactyl", featuring Robbie and Charlene Sinclair in the title roles.
- 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.
- Ernie and Bert act out the fairy tale in the Spanish comic book Epi / Blas ...y los demás.
- In December 2006, The Houston Grand Opera presented a new production of "Hansel and Gretel," for which Jim Henson's Creature Shop created a large scale Witch costume/puppet. The show was presented again at the Atlanta Opera in November 2007.
- Elmo and Zoe appear as Hansel and Gretel in the 2008 book Storybook ABCs, eating ice cream with a friendly witch.
- Hansel and Gretel appear in Elmo's Lift-and-Peek Around the Corner Book.
- The Fairy Tale is referenced by Elmo in the storybook Ernie and His Merry Monsters.
- 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 "Hänsel", with the diacritic "ä" 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.
- Tim Burton directed a TV special adaptation of the story in 1983.
- 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.
- Rosie Perez voiced the Witch 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.