The Rat Who Retired from the World
The Rat Who Retired from the World. Aesop's Fable. Introduced by Bill Cosby as Aesop. Plus a Sing-A-Long Cartoon. About 30 minutes. #40003. Freehold, NJ: ©1990 Trans Atlantic Video. Anaheim: ©1991 Diamond Entertainment Corporation. Gift of John Carlson, Christmas, '91. Extra copy for $2.50 at Nebraska City Mall, Nov., '92.
This series uses the same Cosby framework as the earlier Lorimar tape but presents only one interrupted fable and adds a cartoon at the end. This fable helps make it clear that what we are really dealing with here is La Fontaine's fables; here is one of his more famous, and all the words around are French. A long introduction motivates the man's withdrawal. He struggles with crowds, the phone, papers, the boss, solicitors, fuses, and his wife. He is fired from his job. When he withdraws, he finds a lovely cheese, soon laid out with lovely cheese furniture. The fable moves on to cats in fighter planes. The association of this person with a "man of God" is not well established. When the film returns after the fable, the standard moral "Give it your best" does not exactly fit this inserted fable. The fable lasts 10:40.