If you don’t know who Baba Yaga is, you’re missing out on one of the great characters in fairy tale history. She’s dark and light, she’s good and evil. She lives in a little cottage that stinks of carrion and the cottage runs around on big, creepy chicken feet when she feels like a change of venue. The keyhole to her front door is a mouth filled with sharp teeth. She takes a merciless measure of the characters she encounters and acts accordingly.
I love Baba Yaga.
So it is with great delight that I discovered this plush version of Baba Yaga’s chicken-legged house by Melissa Sue Stanley on sale at Etsy.
If you’re not familiar with Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre series, you are in for a treat. She hosted the series in the early 80s and got everyone from Christopher Reeve to Terri Garr to Mick Jagger to play the roles of all the great fairy tale characters.
In this version of “Rumpelstiltskin,” Herve Villechaize plays the mysterious helper and Ned Beatty plays the demanding king.