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Director Howard E. Baker & Arish Fyzee
Music Jim Lang
Studio The Jim Henson Company
Flame Ventures
Prana Studios
The Weinstein Company

Unstable Fables is a direct-to-video franchise produced by The Jim Henson Company, in association with Flame Ventures, Prana Studios, and The Weinstein Company. Each feature-length title is based on several fairy tales, fables and other classic stories. While pre-production and voice recording are done in California, all actual animation is outsourced to Prana Studios in India.

All three films were directed by Howard E. Baker and Arish Fyzee, with original music by Jim Lang.

3 Pigs and a Baby

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Released March 4, 2008
Duration 76 minutes
Written by Craig Bartlett & Joseph Purdy

3 Pigs and a Baby is the first direct-to-DVD production in the Unstable Fables series.


In this new version of the classic fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs", three pigs raise a wolf cub left on their doorstep. As the wolf grows up, he's caught between his heritage and his new pig family.

DVD Bonus Features

  • Animation Education: Behind the scenes of the animation process
  • Re-Imagining A Classic: A conversation with director Howard Baker and writers Craig Barlett and Joseph Purdy
  • The Voices of 3 Pigs and A Baby: Behind the scenes look at how the stars record their lines before animation is complete and how it all comes together

Voice Cast

  • Jon Cryer as Richard Pig
  • Brad Garrett as Mason Pig
  • Steve Zahn as Sandy Pig
  • Jesse McCartney as Lucky
  • Tom Kenny as Dr. Wolfowitz, Musical Comedy Wolf
  • Timothy McCartney as Lucky (baby/child)
  • Steve Wilcox as Big Boss Wolf, Lone Wolf, Grunt
  • Nolan North as Big Bad Wolf, Eager Young Wolf, Dash Hammet, Wolf Guard
  • Mark Adair Rios as Cool Smooth Wolf, Wide-Eyed Pacifist Wolf
  • Chris Elwood as Death Metal Wolf, Drill Sergeant Wolf, Squeal
  • Tara Strong as Teen Girl Wolf, Construction Cow, Popular Girl
  • Audrey Wasilewski as Hamlet, Contractor Cow

Additional Crew

  • Producers: Kristin Dornig, Arish Fyzee, Lisa Henson, Tony Krantz
  • Animation Director: David Tart

Tortoise vs. Hare


Released September 9, 2008
Written by Tom Martin

Tortoise vs. Hare, based on Aesop's classic fable, is the second animated film in the series. The plot focuses on a race between the tortoise and hare, only this time their respective children are involved.

DVD Bonus Features

  • How to Draw a Character: Director Howard E. Baker shows how to draw a character from the film.
  • The Voices of Tortoise vs. Hare: Behind the scenes look at how the stars record their lines before animation is complete and how it all comes together.
  • A Sneak Peek at the Next Unstable Fable: A look at The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show, the next Unstable Fable film.

Voice Cast

  • Vivica A. Fox as Dotty Tortoise
  • Danny Glover as Walter Tortoise
  • Jay Leno as Murray Hare
  • Keke Palmer as Crystal Tortoise
  • Drake Bell as Butch Hare
  • Chris Elwood as Rex Stork, Cricket, Reporter 3
  • Nolan North as a Reporter 1, 2 & 4
  • Jenni Pulos as Old Lady Hare, M.C. at Recital
  • Steve Wilcox as Bob Stork, Mole Dad

The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show


Released December 16, 2008
Written by Chris Parrish

The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show is the third direct-to-DVD animated film in the Unstable Fables series and a retelling of the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." The film was released on December 16, 2008. In this version, Goldilocks is a spoiled pop star who, as part of a TV reality show, will be spending a month living with the three bears as a family.

DVD Bonus Features

  • How to Draw a Character: Director Howard E. Baker shows a group of school children how to draw storyboards for a film.
  • Making Goldilocks & the 3 Bears: An exclusive behind the scenes look at the animation process, voice recordings, and story development.

Voice Cast

  • Tom Arnold as Mac Bear
  • Brooke Shields as Ruby Bear
  • Colton Parsons as Junior Bear
  • Jamie Lynn Spears as Goldilocks
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Jay Weasel
  • Ben Baker as Richard Pig, Pig Classmate #1, Paparazzi #2
  • Jessica DiCicco as Misty Bear, Gretel, Girl Fan #2
  • Chris Elwood as Simon Owl, Rex Stork
  • Brian Michael Jones as Eddie Goose, Cricket #1, Hansel
  • Ronn C. Ozuk as Chad Frog, Paparazzi #1, Scary Girl Fan
  • Jenni Pulos as Old Lady Hare, Inga, Girl Fan #1
  • James Arnold Taylor as Cricket #2, Weasel #2 Pig Classmate #3
  • Armando Valdes-Kennedy as Jorge, Paparazzi #3
  • Audrey Wasilewski as Rhonda, Heather, Mandy, Contractor Cow
  • Steve Wilcox as Doodie, Pig Classmate #2, Bob Stork
  • Nolan North as Sandy Pig, Cool Smooth Wolf
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