I remember watching a cartoon back in the early 90's that I never knew what it was called, but I remember the premise and two episodes of it quite vividly. Each episode was based on a classic fairy tale or nursery rhyme story. The main character (whose name I don't remember) I think was an anthropomorphic animal of some kind and lived in what I think was some underground home in a forest with his friends who were also talking animals. In both episodes, the main character would be unwillingly forced into the role of a character from one of the stories that each episode was based on.
The first episode I recall was based on Little Red Riding Hood. The main character got turned into The Big Bad Wolf... except that he wasn't The Big Bad Wolf of the story since the real Big Bad Wolf was also in the story at the same time (to distinguish the two, the main character's wolf form was brown while the real wolf was gray). As the wolf, the main character would try to change the story to fix any problems he saw in it, while the story's characters themselves seemed to be aware that they were playing out the events of the story and kept trying to force the main character to play out the story as it's supposed to be.
A scene I recall very well from this episode is when the main character (as the wolf) heads to Grandmumsy's (as she was called) house and tries to convince her that he isn't the real Big Bad Wolf and that he wants to help her, but Grandmumsy (trying to stick to the story proper) refuses to listen and insists that the wolf she's speaking to is there to eat her. This leads to an argument between the two with the two of them have this back and forth exchange:
"No! I'm here to help you!"
"No! You're here to eat me!"
The argument ends with the main character succumbing to the savage instincts of his wolf form and he looks as though he really is about to eat her. But then the scene dissolves into a time skip in which we see the main character (still in his wolf form) waking up and wearing Grandmumsy's pink pajamas with his stomach large and bulbous, causing him to think that he really did eat Grandmumsy.
When Little Red Riding Hood and the real Big Bad Wolf arrive and see the main character having seemingly already eaten Grandmumsy, both of them are irked to see how much he's ruined the story and so the real Big Bad Wolf decides that the only way to get the story back on course is for him to eat the main character. The main character flees from Grandmumsy's house into the woods and finds, strangely enough, some kind of office building where he tells the attendant at the desk that he needs to speak to the person in charge. The attendant doesn't let him for some reason (he might have needed an appointment or something), and when Red Riding Hood and the real wolf catch up to him, a big commotion ensues that causes the boss of the place to burst out of his office to see what's going on. And the boss is some kind of vampire or something.
After everyone explains their sides of the story, the vampire reveals that Grandmumsy wasn't eaten and she herself steps out of his office, just as angry over how badly the story has deviated from how it's supposed to have gone. Shocked to see Grandmumsy alive, the main character draws attention to his bulbous stomach and questions why it's so huge. A little knob on his stomach is then pulled to reveal that it was just inflated to simulate Grandmumsy having been eaten.
I don't remember how the story part of the episode ended, but once the main character is snapped back to his own proper reality by revealing that it was all a dream, he tells the horrible tale to his friends in which this exchange occurred:
Main character: "I dreamed that I ate Grandmumsy!"
His friends: *gasp!*
Main character: "Well, I thought I ate Grandmumsy."
His friends: *sigh of relief*
The second episode I remember was based on Jack and the Beanstalk. The main character this time got turned into Jack, but this time he was the real Jack instead of a second one, so not like what happened with the wolf in the other episode. Anyway, as Jack, the main character is instructed by Jack's mother to do some work like his chores or something, and something leads to them having the beanstalk grow like in the story. The main character climbs up the beanstalk and finds the castle with the giant inside it. The giant doesn't like the main character (as Jack) and I think the giant wanted to eat him. But the giant's wife takes pity on the main character and tries to help him escape. She sends her husband away as she tries to help the main character escape, but the main character won't leave until he takes something that can help with the poverty of Jack's mother. The giant's wife gives the main character a single gold coin from the giant's treasure, but the coin is so ginormous that the main character accidentally drops it down the beanstalk.
The giant coin lands in the ground below, creating a narrow but deep hole in the ground near Jack's mother's house. As the main character tries to dig it out, he finds his efforts futile as the coin seems to have fallen so far down into the earth that it's nowhere to be found. So he climbs back up the beanstalk to get something else from the giant's castle. The giant tries again to stop the main character, but the giant's wife again distracts him to send him off. This time, she gives the main character the goose that lays golden eggs (which itself can talk). Inside the castle, we are shown that the goose can seemingly lay golden eggs at will, but when the main character brings it down the beanstalk to show to Jack's mother (whose reaction to being told what this goose is was something like "You're joking me."), all the goose is able to lay are instead worthless dark-colored cubes.
The main character tries one more time to get something of value from the giant's castle, and this time the giant's wife gives him the golden harp that soothes her husband (which itself is an anthropomorphic harp with a squeaky voice). However, this time the giant is not warded off by his wife and instead chases after the main character down the beanstalk. Once the main character gets down the beanstalk, however, the harp accidentally falls into the hole created by the coin from earlier and breaks upon hitting the bottom. When it is pulled out from the hole, we see that its strings are snapped and its frame is busted.
What's worse is that the giant is on his way down the beanstalk and the main character quickly asks Jack's mother for an axe so he can chop down the beanstalk. Jack's Mother, however, hands him the only thing she has on hand: a broom. With no axe to chop down the beanstalk, the angry giant reaches the ground and confronts the cowering main character. I don't remember what happened after that point, though.
All my attempts to find what this show was have failed me. All I know is that it was on in the early 90's (it could have started in the 80's though) and I didn't have cable at the time so it must have aired on broadcast television.
Edited by Sabrblade, 09 September 2015 - 12:23 AM.