Seven short, animated films make up the content of this award-winning television series. Based on the work of Monty Python's Terry Jones, the stories offer a fantastical world filled with dragons, witches, ghosts, giants, and more. As with most fairy tales, these yarns have a moral to take home with them. All of the animation is based on the original book illustrations from artist Michael Foreman.
"A mixture of Andersen, Brecht, Tolstoy and the Arabian Nights..."—Channel 4
"...sophisticated enough to appeal to adults"—Broadcast
These original and witty stories explore the traditional fairytale world of witches, dragons, ghosts and giants. Why Birds Sing in the Morningis a nature myth; Three Raindropsis about short-lived vanity; The Corn Dollyis another moral tale about a peevish little Corn Dolly who is never satisfied; The Island of Purple Fruits shows the difference between dreams and reality; in The Sea Tigerthe animals of the jungle try to stop their friend from telling enormous lies; a giant wave sweeps Bill Stoker on board a ghost ship in The Ship of Bones; and in The Wonderful Cake Horse a biscuit comes to life and sets off in search of a companion. Alison de Vere’s animations are based on Michael Foreman’s original illustrations.