Books &Errol Le Cain &Illustration 04 Apr 2009 09:14 am

LeCain’s Pied Piper recap

- After learning that Don Bluth et al were planning to do a film called “The Piper” prior to their working on Banjo: the Woodpile Cat, I wondered and assumed that it was probably The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Many years ago as a child, I received a gift of a viewmaster projector, and it came with one title: The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Those slide shows usually came with a script that you could read along with each projected slide. I remember that this one came with the lengthy Browning poem. Reading it to myself, I loved it. So I memorized it (and still remember now some fifty years later.

I’ve always been attracted to versions of this story and often seek them out.

Errol Le Cain‘s illustrated a version of the poem, and here are some images from the book, The Pied Piper of Hamelin. It was first published in 1989 (the year he died). The book is an adaptation of Browning’s poem by Sara and Stephen Corrin.

(Click on any image to enlarge.)

3 Responses to “LeCain’s Pied Piper recap”

  1. on 04 Apr 2009 at 2:52 pm 1.Jenny said …

    I think that in the days when Bluth was working on “Space Ace” etc in Studio City they were also planning a version of Rapunzel…I seem to recall seeing it in a mockup poster in their newsletter. Am I dreaming?

  2. on 05 Apr 2009 at 2:33 am 2.Randy J. said …

    The Pied Piper project was actually begun by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, songwriters of “Pete’s Dragon.” They peddled this project around for a few years after Bluth couldn’t get it off the ground. I remember hearing a few of the song demos, which were very entertaining.

  3. on 06 Apr 2009 at 6:31 pm 3.john said …

    Seriously, that’s painfully gorgeous.

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