CBS Storybreak

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CBS Storybreak was an animated anthology series that premiered in 1985 on CBS. It was hosted by Captain Kangaroo himself, the great Bob Keeshan and featured half hour adaptations of popular/classic children’s stories. The show won an Emmy for its initial season and ran until 1988. It returned to the air in 1993 with new host, The Cosby Show’s Malcolm Jamal-Warner.

Here is a list of all of the episodes from CBS Storybreak’s Initial run:

  1. The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper
  2. Yeh-Sheh: A Cinderella Story from China
  3. Robbut: A Tale of Tails
  4. How to Eat Fried Worms
  5. Zucchini
  6. Hank the Cowdog
  7. The Double Disappearance of Walter Fozbek
  8. Chocolate Fever
  9. Dragon’s Blood
  10. Arnold of the Duck
  11. C.L.U.T.Z.
  12. Witch-Cat
  13. The Pig Plantagent
  14. Harry the Fat Bear Spy
  15. Hugh Pine
  16. The Roquefort Gang

The one I remember the most is “How to Eat Fried Worms”. Probably because I remembered the story from when I was a kid. Sadly they have not done a DVD release of CBS Storybreak in a boxed set, but in 1992 they did release them on VHS, some of which you can still find on Amazon Marketplace and eBay. Just look for the box:

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There used to be episodes of the show available on YouTube, but they have all been pulled for TOS violations. But you can still get a little CBS Storybreak magic from the intro and these bumpers.

CBS Storybreak Intro

CBS Storybreak Bumper 1

CBS Storybreak Bumper 2

CBS Storybreak Bumper 3

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8 thoughts on “CBS Storybreak

  1. I used to love this show and the story adaptations. They need to put this show on DVD.

    Sadly, a number of those books (i.e. Harry the Fat Bear Spy, Double Disappearance of Walter Fozbek) are also out of print.

  2. Wonderful site. Lots of helpful info here. I am sending it to a few buddies ans additionally sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks for your effort!

  3. Some of them are on youtube again.
    I just (re)watched dragon’s blood & realized a couple things; 1) While it didn’t seem familiar at first, I realized that I had indeed seen it back in the day. 2) In between then & now I had read the book it was based on, without realizing at the time that it had been an episode of storybreak that I had seen many years ago.

  4. I am with a lot of people who want this on DVD. However,all the episodes are based on children’s books written back in the day, there would be copyright issues involved, since CBS would have to track down each and every author and/or the estate of said author to ask if they can use it. It’s like with The New Scooby-Doo Movies, where Warner Bros. could only release a Best Of Collection due to being unable to reach agreements with some of the guest stars. So chances are, if CBS was to release this series on DVD, it would end up not having all the episodes.

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