Aesop's Fables of Patience & Honesty
Aesop's Fables of Patience & Honesty. The Wolf and the Lamb; The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Golden Book Video. About 25 minutes. ©1986 Dolmatch. Racine: Western Publishing Company. One extra copy.
Simple, even rudimentary animation. The framework is provided by three monkeys, who appear before the first fable, between the two, and after the last. About ten minutes each for the two fables. In WL there is lots of flute-playing before a rabbit ever shows up. There is wonderful lamb-dancing and leaping. I think this version of the story misses the "creative suggestion" character of the lamb's asking the wolf to play the flute, since the wolf has been holding the flute for a long time before the lamb is caught. Flattery helps lead to the wolf's downfall. Moral: "One thing at a time." In BW Nathan begins by falling into a river. There he thinks he sees a wolf. He goes to town and brings the people back, but the wolf is nowhere to be found. The mayor has come out without putting on his pants. The next day Nathan wonders what to do for excitement. Now he runs into town crying "Wolf!" The mayor is soon up a tree, falls, and is laughed at. The next day Nathan plays his trick again. The mayor cuts his moustache in half. "Your joke wasn't funny!" When the wolf does show up, Nathan runs through town: there is a great chase and great desperate screaming. The chase is going on as the fable ends.