HBO Storybook Musicals
HBO Storybook Musicals is a series of television specials first airing on HBO, and now airing on HBO Family, combining animation that is true to the original storybook's illustrations, plus high-spirited songs from musical songwriters.
Where to Watch HBO Storybook Musicals
Below you'll find every episode from the first season of HBO Storybook Musicals.
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S01 E01Nov 18, 1987
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile: The Musical What's that green thing in the bathtub? When the Primm family moves into their new house on East 88th Street, they discover Lyle, a friendly crocodile left behind by his former owner. Lyle and his new family have a splendid time together--until his rightful owner comes to claim him. Charles Strouse (Annie) created the score for this original animated musical based on the popular book by Bernard Waber.
S01 E02Oct 3, 1989
The Story Of The Dancing Frog Discover the whimsical charm of this animated musical based on Quentin Blake's popular children's book. Sad and lonely after the death of her husband, young Gertrude has her life changed when she finds a frog dancing on a lily pad. The adventure they find and the friendship they share make this show a delight for everyone.
S01 E03Feb 7, 1990
The Red Shoes Hans Christian Andersen's timeless fairy tale gets an urban updating in this delightful animated musical. Living in a poor section of New York City, young Lisa and Jenny could always count on the strength of their friendship--that is, until Lisa's family wins the lottery. Her new-found money and home turn Lisa into a snob until a magical pair of shoes teach her the importance of friendship.
S01 E04Apr 22, 1990
Earthday Birthday The Planet Earth is having a birthday--and you're invited to the party! This delightful animated musical features the 'Zwibble Dibbles,' a magical, irresistible bunch of baby dinosaurs who want to help save the planet from the ravages of pollution. Join Orbit and all her animal friends as they show what we can all do in the crusade to save our often-neglected world.
S01 E05Sep 10, 1990
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Steam-shovel operator Mike Mulligan comes to life through the delightful voice of comedian Robert Klein in this animated musical based on the classic children's book. Mike and his trusty shovel Mary Anne are known throughout the land for digging canals, cutting through mountains and creating roads. But what will happen to them when the steam shovel becomes outdated? The solution is suitably charming!
S01 E06Sep 15, 1990
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day What a day Alexander is having! He's got gum stuck in his hair, he trips on his skateboard and he can't find his favorite glow-in-the-dark yo-yo. Things go from bad to worse in this charming animated musical based on the book by Judith Viorst.
S01 E07Nov 5, 1990
The Marzipan Pig Russell Hoban's poetic children's story comes to life in this haunting animated film. It's the tale about the misadventures of a sweet marzipan pig who accidentally falls behind a sofa. What happens next makes for a gentle, charming commentary on the cycles of nature.