Hansel and Gretel in Storybook Community School.


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


Ernie and Bert again as the siblings on Ernie & Bert Märchensongs (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.

Muppet Characters


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
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