The Oak and the Reed
The Oak and the Reed. Aesop's Fable. Introduced by Bill Cosby as Aesop. Plus a Sing-A-Long Cartoon ("Strolling through the Park"). About 30 minutes. #40005. 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. The animated introduction to the fable-world, with Nutcracker Suite music but no words, is over eight minutes long, while the fable takes about three minutes. The animated introduction here presents the bad-guy oak, the friendly reed who rescues a falling chick, and waterbugs working on a dam and defending themselves with ingenious animal artillery against a dive-bombing and fire-bombing bird. The fable itself is done in poetry.