The Tortoise and the Hare
The Tortoise and the Hare. Children's Animated Classics Library. Goldstar Video. Freehold, NJ: Little Red Schoolhouse. $1 at "Every Thing's a $1," KC, May, '93.
Three sections. The two Aesopic sections handle their fables differently from their usual tellings. The first section is TH, produced in 1976 by ACI Media. It lasts about eight minutes. The boasting hare is laughed at when the elephant stops him in mid-leap. The hare suggests the race to the tortoise. Taunting questions "Afraid?" and "Lazy?" get the tortoise angry. The rabbit decides to take a nap. Helping the tortoise, the elephant sucks up dust and blows it out straight. The confused, sleepy tortoise runs back to the starting point. The middle tale is introduced as a "European Folk Tale" from Hungary: "The Enormous Lie." After the king believes all sorts of outrageous fibs from a farmer's son trying to win his daughter, the young man finally says "I came to ask you to be my dad's swineherd" and the king cannot believe him. The king gives him his daughter. The third is TMCM, about seven minutes in length, produced in 1976 by ACI Media. The town mouse drives a car; they have an accident on the way into town. The country mouse gets his tail caught in an electric socket. They watch TV while they eat. The country mouse runs from a cat on TV--all the way home. Simple animated cartoons throughout.