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Steve Reviews: The Pied Piper (1986)

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To start off the new year let's take a look at the dark stop motion adaptation of The Pied Piper. Released in 1986, this movie directed by Jiri Barta takes the classic Pied Piper story, and gives it a dark, sinister twist. Please enjoy!
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  1. Steve Reviews

    Steve Reviews

    پیش ماه

    Big thanks to Ridge for sending me this wallet and sponsoring the video! Here’s the site if you want to check them out! > ridge.com/STEVEREVIEWS

    • Tadas Bagdonas

      Tadas Bagdonas

      پیش روز

      Please review a movie Gandahar (1987) and a TV show Monkey Dust.

    • Rebecca Dyches

      Rebecca Dyches

      پیش 2 روز


    • Rebecca Dyches

      Rebecca Dyches

      پیش 2 روز

      Did this guy also make that stopmotion version of Edgar Allen Poe's Anabelle Lee?

    • Dark death

      Dark death

      پیش 10 روز

      Speaking of children ( from the movie) have you ever seen the 3 ninjas movies. Its 3 kids ( of different ages) are trained to be ninjas by their grandfather and they combat against their grandfathers old enemy. Each movie is different of course, take a look

    • balthiers girl

      balthiers girl

      پیش 16 روز

      Like this version

  2. CH Gaming

    CH Gaming

    پیش ساعت

    Damn those rat are like dog size in the stopmotion film

  3. Balraj Singh

    Balraj Singh

    پیش 11 ساعت

    But ... rats can swim

  4. AvoSmash


    پیش 13 ساعت

    Here is another twisted stop motion film short you can review Steve! irmys.info/more/ip6YgZqGqs-dmI4/fy-lm-h-y.html It is called "The Sandman" and even as an adult watching for the first time I was genuinely very creeped out. What is really funny though is ...I am not 100% sure, I am pretty certain this was made by the original guy behind the old "PUFFS Tissue" commercials, back when at least they used to be stop motion instead of CGI and had just a touch more of that atmospheric nursery rhyme tone.

  5. Ari Levitt

    Ari Levitt

    پیش 16 ساعت

    You know, despite the film's darkness, the rats don't really look very scary at all. In fact, I personally think they actually look kind of cute.

  6. The Hoovy

    The Hoovy

    پیش روز

    What is it with old fairytales having fucking scary ass characters and have them sleeping with everyone (literally on of the og versions of Red Riding hood has her riding the fucking wolf)

  7. Tadas Bagdonas

    Tadas Bagdonas

    پیش روز

    Please review a movie Gandahar (1987) and a TV show Monkey Dust.

  8. Libert Siagian

    Libert Siagian

    پیش روز

    i think this is why some companies doesn't solve problem, just hindering it, because if they solve problems, the customer wont pay them anymore

  9. Starfish Duder

    Starfish Duder

    پیش روز

    Wow, I completely blocked this from my memory. I remember watching it as a kid and being very disturbed by the visuals of the downing rats because I used to have two little female rats as a kid.

  10. The #6 Runaway Guys Fan

    The #6 Runaway Guys Fan

    پیش روز

    9:43 amogus

  11. Fireflye Buggy

    Fireflye Buggy

    پیش روز

    Oh my God the edits and voice overs just make me laugh. I love your reviews!

  12. Radek 999

    Radek 999

    پیش 2 روز

    I love how Steve didn't even try to pronounce the Ř

  13. Camera Vice

    Camera Vice

    پیش 2 روز

    I remember the pied piper I grew up with actually did have the piper lead the children away to never be seen again The only child who didn’t go was a young girl who was crippled and in crutches and so couldn’t keep up with the rest What always creeped me out is when the girl was found by the towns people she didn’t want to go back. all she wanted to do was follow the pipers song

  14. Ian George

    Ian George

    پیش 2 روز

    u should review Metallica through the never, the angry video game nerd: the movie and the rocky horror picture show

  15. Invidat Auro

    Invidat Auro

    پیش 2 روز

    8:22 It's also probably because he's new, not from the town and going back to the clock thing, mostly seems to just follow his own things.

  16. Mike Hawk

    Mike Hawk

    پیش 2 روز

    The version my mom told me, the piper turns the children into rats and leaves, to leave the towns people to deal with the problem themselves

  17. Guard #3

    Guard #3

    پیش 2 روز

    Don’t tell me you play with confirm ejects off... actually, do you guys consider confirm ejects cheating/easy mode?

  18. Shabo


    پیش 2 روز

    OF COURSE this was a Czech movie from the '80s

  19. Lady Lolipop

    Lady Lolipop

    پیش 2 روز

    The Pied piper version I remember ended in him drowning the children...

  20. Underboss Gamingdunce

    Underboss Gamingdunce

    پیش 2 روز

    Hey you have the same wallet as me! Except mine is brown lol

  21. Ya Like Jazz?

    Ya Like Jazz?

    پیش 2 روز

    in the version i grew up with, the children were overworked by the adults so it justifies the pied piper taking them away and leading them into a much more happier environment.

  22. miniroll17


    پیش 2 روز

    SOMEONE CALL PETA FOR THE DROWNING RATS WITCH WERE LIVE ACTION AAAAAAAA. OK seriously I really respect peta trying to let all animals live in peace

  23. Oishi_Sammich


    پیش 2 روز

    I really hope no rats were hurt in the making of this film

  24. The Cringe Prophet

    The Cringe Prophet

    پیش 3 روز

    10:05 based and waifu pilled.

  25. Frau Meyenrose

    Frau Meyenrose

    پیش 3 روز

    having it's origin in the 13th century, it is likely that the loss of the children (in the original story) is connected to the children's crusades or to the fact that lots of (young) people were heading east for new settlements at that time. I think, the parallels to the children's crusades starting in that time frame in cologne are pretty obvious. such an interesting yet scary piece of history! I actually live near Hameln (that ist the german name of that town) and the story here goes that the piper had the kids walk into a "mountain" (well, it is more like a crevice). This crevice, said to be "the one" still exists and during archaeological excavations they did find children's skeletons. But they "only" date back to WWII (creepy enough).

  26. wearethepotatos


    پیش 3 روز

    thank you for the nightmare fuel.

  27. Dagon Animation

    Dagon Animation

    پیش 4 روز

    Damn, this work reminds me of the old Soviet cartoons of the early 60s and late 90s of the last century.

  28. Horacio Manzo

    Horacio Manzo

    پیش 4 روز

    “Play wonder wall” 😂😂

  29. Men Del

    Men Del

    پیش 4 روز

    Many of you had the story where thr children on towns either get missing/ drown/ so. But I guess only me who had the "friendlier" story where the adults so amaze to the piper that they decide to follow him & leave the town (like his followers) but he instead choosing a cripple boy to be his follower on his journey.

  30. John Smith

    John Smith

    پیش 5 روز

    Should review love, death, and robots.

  31. Mamkor Ndiaye

    Mamkor Ndiaye

    پیش 5 روز

    Can you do devilman crybaby

  32. Neat Gamer

    Neat Gamer

    پیش 5 روز

    And we're not going to get an explanation on why there was a fisherman who wasn't affected by the Piper's tune or why there is this random baby and apparently it was the only baby in the entire town

  33. MissFluffyPink


    پیش 5 روز

    A few films I wanna see get reviewed in the future: 1. Hazbin Hotel 2. Prince of Egypt 3. Perfect Blue 4. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 5. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

  34. It's ME

    It's ME

    پیش 5 روز

    I thought the story went that he drowned the kids 😳

  35. B Dub

    B Dub

    پیش 5 روز

    *Rat was not the Imposter*

  36. Kate Hucks

    Kate Hucks

    پیش 6 روز

    “...the rats, who have a more realistic appearance...” Bro that’s taxidermy, they ARE real.

  37. Yekaterina Poddubnaya

    Yekaterina Poddubnaya

    پیش 6 روز

    The fact that I saw literally two shots of the movie and immediately went "Czech Republic" :D

  38. Owlgician


    پیش 6 روز

    We made a trip to that town in 5th grade and there was this guy dressed as the Pied Piper. My classmate and I kept grabbing his massive feather he had on his head before our teacher scolded us lol

  39. TeenDream888


    پیش 6 روز

    so, this is based off a real event, where in Hamelin, Germany, almost 200 boys disappeared overnight. they were most likely forcibly recruited by soldiers and made to march off, away from their families. tragically, it is believed most of them died from starvation or exposure from the long march. now, there is a happier account where some historians have theorized that a handful of these boys made it to Poland or another neighboring country, but honestly it's widely believed and acknowledged that most all of them died pretty soon after leaving Hamelin.

  40. Hxneymoon


    پیش 6 روز

    the pied piper story i was told is only till he led the rats away then it just ends there.

  41. ShadouKyasuta


    پیش 6 روز

    in the version i remember the piper drowns all the kids in a river

  42. LEGO Lord Vader

    LEGO Lord Vader

    پیش 6 روز

    Is this just revenge of the sith but just with rat younglings

  43. M G

    M G

    پیش 6 روز

    What if the baby the old man adopted is The Pied Piper?

  44. LolWarrior's Chanel

    LolWarrior's Chanel

    پیش 6 روز

    I had a german exam on this story. The version i had was that the rat catcher first took the rats, then gave the rats back and stole the children to sell them to the devil.

  45. Rotten Chunky

    Rotten Chunky

    پیش 7 روز

    this is a really good movie,the style the art the stop motion.I now its dark and everything but, its just special.

  46. Gregory Hutchinson

    Gregory Hutchinson

    پیش 7 روز

    The only Pied piper story I heard was the pied piper led the kids to a river and than they drowned

  47. A. Rose Cash

    A. Rose Cash

    پیش 7 روز

    I can’t remember if you did or not but you should really review “Alice” from the 80’s. It’s a live action/stop motion Czech film and it’s amazing. You should also watch “Blood Tea and Red String” (2006)

  48. Kari Gallagher

    Kari Gallagher

    پیش 7 روز

    I LOVE this film for it's distinctive wooden puppets! I'm surprised to see anyone talking about it in 2021. Thank you for covering this one!

  49. Callie Choquette

    Callie Choquette

    پیش 7 روز

    Did you know that rats can actually swim and hold their breath? It is possible for them to actually enter a home through the toilet so if it makes you feel better you can imagine that they swam downstream to a new home and let the people think they drowned. Happy endings for all!

  50. Ennou


    پیش 7 روز

    The verion that I heard when I was a kid is that the piper drowned the rats and then when the people didn't uphold their part of the bargain he then drowned their kids.

  51. Luis Barboza

    Luis Barboza

    پیش 7 روز

    the only thing that's scientifically wrong in every version of the tale here....is that rats.....are actually really good swimmers......

  52. umeno-myko


    پیش 7 روز

    The story and atmosphere may be unsettling and grim, but I think the art is quite stunning and unique

  53. Kilshot 07

    Kilshot 07

    پیش 7 روز

    is it just me or was there a diffrent ending where the piper lead the children to a snowey mountain never to be seen again btw i was told this story since i was 5

  54. Western Guy with Vedic Eyes

    Western Guy with Vedic Eyes

    پیش 7 روز

    Wait, there’s versions of the Pied Piper where the town of Hamelin get their children back? Nope. Don’t like that.

  55. Davis Jensen

    Davis Jensen

    پیش 8 روز

    When the man dances, certainly boys, what else? The piper pays him!

  56. asmodeus


    پیش 8 روز

    idk if anyone said this but th3 pied piper looks like jesus

  57. I like to exist

    I like to exist

    پیش 8 روز

    The girl looks like the S T O N K S guy

  58. Linundus A.S.P

    Linundus A.S.P

    پیش 8 روز

    Wait the children were returned? Well damn I thought they went adios

    • Iva Grujić

      Iva Grujić

      پیش 8 روز

      Depends on the version

  59. Jessica M

    Jessica M

    پیش 8 روز

    Original versions of fairytale are pretty dark

  60. emenefer


    پیش 8 روز

    Am I the only one who thinks the Piper looks like Skallagrim

  61. Stay Bored

    Stay Bored

    پیش 8 روز

    why did i think this was a wooden version of jesus

  62. JDenton16


    پیش 8 روز

    Steve, can you review the creepy stop motion Alice in Wonderland?

  63. Missy Rey

    Missy Rey

    پیش 8 روز

    This was an amazing review. Can I recommend next The Little Matchgirl by Disney? It's incredibly dark for that animation company

    • William Pulfer-melville

      William Pulfer-melville

      پیش 4 روز

      Not to mention that short film is set in Russia during the Middle Ages

  64. James Cooper

    James Cooper

    پیش 8 روز

    The version of the Pied Piper I always heard as a kid was that he led the rats to be drowned after jumping from a cliff, or were drowned in the town well (so much for not poisoning the water supply I suppose). After the towns people all collectively refuse to pay him (not just the lords) he sends all the children off the same cliff/into the same well. I then always assumed the town slowly died off after that because I couldnt work out how they would make more kids. XD. This story and the story of the Lambton Worm always stuck with me as a child growing up in NE England as they seemed like local stories to me growing up (tbf the Lambton Worm was based in a town only an hours drive from my home).

  65. Silent_Stalker


    پیش 9 روز

    It’s better than the version where he basically lead them out and kept his song up until they starved or ate each other to death

  66. Baz_pictures_studios _

    Baz_pictures_studios _

    پیش 9 روز

    Another czechoslovakian

  67. PhoneGuy


    پیش 9 روز

    ummmm... I dunno what the piper whistled to you, but here in germany, the original story has no happy end. the piper lures the chilluns out of hamelin and they simply disappear. forever.

  68. nrz 2001

    nrz 2001

    پیش 9 روز

    i dont know man if a guy shows off his sick tune AND his sick tune can lure rats away from my house, making my house rat-free, i be proposing right at that moment

  69. BlueStar Sama

    BlueStar Sama

    پیش 9 روز

    What if the pied piper was a rat trainer/hypnotist? And he sent the rats there to hustle them but when they dont pay he hypnotized the kids

  70. Katharine


    پیش 9 روز

    I think the German spirit is to invoke the Brother's Grim fairytales if no happy endings/ harsh reality endings. A.k.a traumatize children to behave, very effective 😅

  71. skid skid

    skid skid

    پیش 9 روز

    Awe True to krysar

  72. WestminsterAbbey.


    پیش 9 روز

    That one time Old Man Luke Skywalker murdered an entire town with his flute.

  73. Oskar Raeburn

    Oskar Raeburn

    پیش 9 روز

    So like rats can swim quite well... My personal favourite adaptation of the pied piper is done by author Terry Pratchett (RIP) in amazing Maurice and his educated rodents, a novel set in discworld. The rats are intelligent and use a kid to scam people out of their money by pretending to be a plague. It’s funny, has some deep philosophical moments in it and a great introduction to the 60 book long series known as discworld

  74. Dr J

    Dr J

    پیش 9 روز

    7:13 bruh I said the exactly just as you said it

  75. cirescythe


    پیش 9 روز

    your perception of germans is pretty outdated my guy...... we got rid of the efficiency a decade agomm

  76. Hikari Yukihana

    Hikari Yukihana

    پیش 9 روز

    When the rat is sus! 😳

  77. neolithiumproduction


    پیش 10 روز

    I always knew the Pied Piper story by the rats being drowned and the kids being taken away for good. ^^'

  78. Little Raven Designs

    Little Raven Designs

    پیش 10 روز

    You gotta watch the Czech version of Alice in Wonderland stop motion version called Alice (1988). You have to watch or listen with your eyes closed first then rewatch it with your eyes open. The sound effects are harsh and creepy along with creepy stop motion animation!

  79. Faridahayu Ideris

    Faridahayu Ideris

    پیش 10 روز

    In the slenderman documentary they show these scene

  80. Anna Banana

    Anna Banana

    پیش 10 روز

    Huh, in my old book about the Pied Piper, the only kids who were able to come back was a girl and her little brother who was crippled. They were unable to keep up with the other kids so when the Piper took everyone, they were left behind.

  81. J.A.C


    پیش 10 روز

    I think the point of killing the people because he saw the inncent woman killed was to suggest that the people were just as much of a pestilence as the rats were. This is emphasized by the fact that they turn into the rats they've hated before being drowned. I like this version more than any of the other piper stories because of this reason

  82. K I M I

    K I M I

    پیش 10 روز

    This reminds me of Goat Story, except it's a hundred times worst than that

  83. Simaginary Friend

    Simaginary Friend

    پیش 10 روز

    I watched a Disney version of the Pied Piper as a kid. Naturally, this being Disney, the Piper didn't drown all the rats, but he made a big wheel of cartoon cheese appear, and when the rats crawled into the holes of the cheese he made it vanish. But when the townspeople refused to pay him, he took their kids away because he didn't want them to grow up selfish and ungrateful like they were. The cartoon ends with the Piper taking the kids into a world where they're happy and safe, but then it ends and we never know if they're returned or not. And then when I was older I saw an episode of that PBS show hosted by James Earl Jones called Long Ago and Far Away, where they had a stop motion animated version of the Pied Piper but it was darker and the piper was kind of creepy, but not nearly as much as this. But he did drown all the rats except one, and when he took the kids away one little boy was left behind because he had a Tiny Tim illness and couldn't keep up with the rest. Someone once told me if the story happened in modern times, the Piper would be arrested for child molestation and kidnapping. Because fairy tales bad.

  84. Kathleen Ansieta

    Kathleen Ansieta

    پیش 10 روز

    oh my god! I had the collection of the book at the beginning of the video when I was a baby( ladybird well-loved tales), they were super dark, I guess being fateful to the original fairy tale. Can't believe I recognized it.

  85. Bobby Billy

    Bobby Billy

    پیش 10 روز

    why am i attracted to the pied piper 😭✋💀

  86. Angel Bane

    Angel Bane

    پیش 10 روز

    0:53 looked like woody from toy story

  87. what just happend?

    what just happend?

    پیش 10 روز

    That lady who likes the piper dude, is the original plans for airpods

  88. Dnightshade100


    پیش 10 روز

    As far as the piper taking the children being a punishment. Honestly if you really think about it, it’s not really a punishment towards the kids, more like a saving grace. The piper is taking the kids away not only to punish the adults, but to save the children from following in their parents footsteps. If he left the children alone, they’d just grow up to be the same type of assholes their parents are. For all we know, he probably took the children to another village where they will be raised by better parents and taught the values of honesty and trust.

  89. PoopyHeadGaming


    پیش 10 روز

    2:41 AHH HELL YEAH

  90. Karie Rainey

    Karie Rainey

    پیش 10 روز

    I was in the happy ending household...but I knew it was probably BS

  91. HiSmileMaybeNo???


    پیش 10 روز

    my grandma always told me that the children were led to the river and drowned as well 😃👍

  92. C104


    پیش 10 روز

    ThE pIpeR REtUrNs tHE cHilDReN - No he doesn't, they all drown in the original

  93. a girl named brett

    a girl named brett

    پیش 10 روز

    the pied piper looks like doctor doom.

  94. Kathy Vallejo

    Kathy Vallejo

    پیش 10 روز

    Steve is now forevermore Scarred for life Very SuS Among Us references Nicely done

  95. Patrick the Soviet

    Patrick the Soviet

    پیش 10 روز

    Was the director of the movie on drugs when he made it?

  96. Cristian Llamas

    Cristian Llamas

    پیش 11 روز

    ok, random thought, but in the rats drowning scene, I wonder if they actually used real rats, because you can clearly see some of the movements are waay too realistic for it to be stop motion.

  97. TV BOT productions

    TV BOT productions

    پیش 11 روز

    I remember a version where when the pied piper lured the children off the cliff. Why was I told this

  98. iUltimateSecret


    پیش 11 روز

    Wait was I the only one who was the told the version where he lures the rats and children both to the cliff to drown themselves or did y'all have messed up cousins too? Edit: Oh yeah and after being reminded by the comments, I remember that only one child survived because he was crippled

  99. Its_Me_Romano _

    Its_Me_Romano _

    پیش 11 روز

    10:12 he decides to turn into emperor Palpatine

  100. Its_Me_Romano _

    Its_Me_Romano _

    پیش 11 روز

    It's funny cuz rats are excellent swimmers and can stay under water for like a couple of minutes