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Shakespeare - The Animated Tales on DVD

Country Available: Canada

"Although the series will probably be used by senior high students who won't want to read the play, these abridgments are better than Cliffs Notes, and may be the only Shakespeare that many kids will be exposed to in their early years. So while the lover of literature in me cringes at the lost scenes in the animated tales, the practical side of me is thankful that condensed (but not watered-down) Shakespeare will be available to a much wider audience. Highly recommended."
              -Video Librarian

"These Russian animated shorts with voices by members of the Royal Shakespeare Company aren't dumbed down for kids - just condensed, 25-minute takes on 12 classic tales. The styles vary from classic cel animation ("Othello") to haunting paint-on-glass ("Hamlet") and puppetry ("The Winter's Tale"), all nicely done. Tilda Swinton, Antony Sher and Michael Kitchen are among the stars involved in this intriguing, unusual project."
               -NY Post Aug. 2004

Already enjoyed in fifty countries, with two US Primetime Emmy Awards, and New York Festival Gold Award to its credit, Shakespeare - The Animated Tales has won a vast, new audience with its skillful, 30 minute adaptations of the Bard's best loved plays. The series includes the voices of Hugh Grant, Brian Cox, Alec McCowen, Linus Roache, Zoë Wanamaker, and many more.

View a printer friendly version of this page...Copyright Date: 2004 Closed Captioned Library Audience:
  • Young Adult
  • School Audience:
  • Grades 6 - 12
  • Subjects:
  • Animation
  • Children and Youth
  • Language Arts and Literature
  • Formats Available:
  • DVD
  • Title Availability
     Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Richard III  Canada
     Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night  Canada
     Romeo & Juliet, Othello, The Winter's Tale  Canada
     The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It  Canada