Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
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(Jul 06, 2004)
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Winner of 3 Emmy Awards these exceptional animated stories have been designed to introduce children and young adults to some Shakespeare's most popular works. Each play has been animated in it own unique style by the exceptional talents of the leading directors of Russia's Christmas Films. Actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company and stars of stage and screen, including Antony Sher, Joss Ackland and Jenny Agutter, provide voices for the characters which were recorded and produced by BBC Wales. In Russia, art and animation has long been used as a veiled form of satire, education and political protest. This has inspired scores of Russian animators to develop fascinating and highly individual techniques, a prolific kaleidoscope of styles from which the animation artists were chosen for these stories of Shakespeare-The Animated Tales.
Giftbox Contains 12 Animated Plays on 4 DVD's: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, Othello, The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night
A sumptuous collection for both students and adults --Booklist
Highly Recommended 3 1/2 STARS --Video Librarian
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Lucky us, that was the first video we chose to watch. I hear the others have no questionable scenes. That said, I would not refrain from showing them to my children. It is a nice into to Shakespeare. I just think families who plan to show it to young children should know about the R&J scene.... Marketing to children makes the rating misleading... If your kids are ready for that, I'd recommend the series.
AS YOU LIKE IT is animated in a painterly, impressionistic style like the french impressionists while MIDSUMMER's NIGHT DREAM is animated in cell animation with an exaggerated caricature style that fits this humourus tale of love confusion and magical mischief! In cell animation ROMEO AND JULIET is beautifully drawn and animated all the way to it's tragic ending when Juliet pretends to be dead so she won't marry someone her father wants her to marry but Romeo thinks she is dead and kills himself! If the Disney company did their version today you know that they would LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!! I prefer the old Disney films and have SILLY SYMPHONIES vol 1&2 , Disney's 1930's animation as well as the 1940 FANTASIA on DVD!
OTHELLO shows Iago, Othello's officer, using lies and deciet to make Othello believe that his wife, Desdemona is unfaithful to him and the hand drawn cell animation depicts this dramatically! Each art style and technique is well chosen to enhance the drama or humour in each tale! The witches in MACBETH have odd, funny transformation while King Macbeth and Queen Macbeth are drawn in a tormented, painful look and style that fits the tragedy! JULIUS CAESAR has dramatic use of perspective along with forboding dream imagery as Caesar ignores the warnings from both an old man and his wife about the "Ides of March!"
TWO of the reviews I read earlier on this series put down the animation and say it fails but I say these people know nothing about animation and I say as someone who continues to make his own animation, these videos are terrific and I enjoy reading the english subtitles to follow the Shakespearian language while I enjoy the British vocal performances!
Great to see these in DVD sharp resolution and the audio works just fine on my stereo Toshiba tv with stereo ONKYO receiver and external speakers! I got my DVD set from Spirit and Soulbooks seller on Amazon.com for $49.00 as a used set but they look and play brand new in perfect condition! I'm glad to have such hand crafted animation variety! Thank you Amazon.com!
The Tempest - Stop-Motion Puppetry
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Cel Animation
As You Like It - Oil Paint on Cel
Hamlet - Paint on Glass
Julius Caesar - Cel Animation
King Richard III - Paint on Glass
Romeo and Juliet - Cel Animation
Othello - Cel Animation
The Winter's Tale - Stop-Motion Puppetry
Macbeth - Cel Animation
The Taming of the Shrew - Stop-Motion Puppetry
Twelfth Night - Stop-Motion Puppetry
There are some incredible moments in these films: the magical fluidity and strange forms of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the ghostly image of Ophelia floating down the corridor's of the castle, Caesar's blood-red cape flowing and wrapping around his corpse. Although each play has been truncated to 30 minutes, the performances (both animators and voice actors alike) are sharp and the essential meanings and messages have been retained. These films are marvelous, and if you enjoy the works of William Shakespeare and/or the work of great animators, I'm certain that you'll enjoy this set.
Now here's hoping for The Canterbury Tales!
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