Robert Browning's cautionary poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin is vividly brought to the 21-inch screen by director Nicholas Meyer. Monty Python regular Eric Idle stars as the enigmatic Piper, who agrees for a price to rid the town of Hamelin of its rat population. When the corrupt city elders refuse to pay the Piper, he makes the town's children dance to a strange, alluring tune, resulting in anguish and grief for the selfish adults. Though peppered with comedy relief, wise-guy dialogue and contemporary attitudes, this 60-minute, taped installment of Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre is a lucid, faithful recreation of the original. Parents of very young kids, beware: this one might induce a few unsettling dreams. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
I like the Fairie Tale Theatre series very much, but I thought this was the best one. I liked how the entire episode was in Ryhme. This was brilliant on the writer's part. Also Nicolas Meyer directed it, and he has directed so many great movies. It also taught you a valuable lesson, and I love movies that do that. Overall, wonderfully done, and I look forward to watching many times in the future.