by Sukey HowardDecember, 1998
An unusual audio, well suited for the holidays Hans Christian Andersen's time-honored treasure, The Emperor's New Clothes, has swapped its traditional trappings for the savvier chic of the '90s. What emerges is fun, funny, and fit for the entire family. And what makes this reimagined retelling so happily hip is the all-celebrity cast; 23 notables from Liam Neeson, Robin Williams, and Geena Davis to Madonna, Dr. Ruth Westheimer (now there's a pair), Calvin Klein, and General Norman Schwartzkopf tell their own character's tale, their way, in their own voices. Add a little music and some sound effects and you have the ideal stocking stuffer. You'll have the extra joy of knowing that all the royalties from this audio will be donated to Starbright, a foundation committed to improving the lives of seriously ill children, chaired by Steven Spielberg and General Schwartzkopf.