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Shakespeare: the Animated Tales

Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
UK DVD Box-Set
Also known as The Animated Shakespeare (US)
Genre Drama, Comedy, Tragedy, History
Format Animation
Developed by Leon Garfield
Written by William Shakespeare
Country of origin UK/Russia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12
Production companies BBC Wales
Christmas Films
Dave Edwards Studio
Distributor Metrodome (UK DVD)
Ambrose (US DVD)
Original channel BBC2 (UK)
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Monaural
Original run 9 November 1992 (1992-11-09) – 14 December 1994 (1994-12-14)

Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (also known as The Animated Shakespeare) is a series of twelve half-hour animated television episodes, broadcast on BBC 2 between 1992 and 1994, with each episode based on a play by William Shakespeare.

The series was commissioned by BBC Wales for the Welsh language channel S4C (although it was commissioned in English). Production was co-ordinated by the Dave Edwards Studio in Cardiff, although the animation was done entirely in Moscow, at the Christmas Films Studio. A variety of animation techniques were used. The scripts were written by children's author Leon Garfield, using primarily Shakespearean language. The academic consultant for the series was Professor Stanley Wells.

The show aired in the US on HBO, where it was hosted by Robin Williams.

In 2000, Chris Grace, Director of Animation at S4C and executive producer of The Animated Tales, launched the Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) using Leon Garfield's twelve abridged scripts. The festival takes place annually, with hundreds of school children performing half-hour shows in professional theatres across the UK.

Series 1

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Tempest


  • Directed by Nikolai Serebryakov
  • Designed by Vladimir Morozov and Ildar Urmanche
  • Originally aired: 23 November 1992
  • Animation type: Cel animation

Romeo and Juliet


  • Directed by Natalia Orlova
  • Designed by Peter Kotov and Natalia Demidova
  • Originally aired: 7 December 1992
  • Animation type: Paint on glass

Twelfth Night

Series 2

King Richard III

  • Directed by Natasha Orlova
  • Designed by Peter Kotov
  • Originally aired: 2 November 1994
  • Animation type: Paint on glass

The Taming of the Shrew

As You Like It

  • Directed by Alexei Karayev
  • Designed by Valentin Olshvang
  • Originally aired: 16 November 1994
  • Animation type: Oil painting

Julius Caesar

  • Directed by Yuri Kulakov
  • Designed by Galina Melko and Victor Chuguyevsky
  • Originally aired: 30 November 1994
  • Animation type: Cel animation

The Winter's Tale


  • Directed and designed by Nikolai Serebryakov
  • Originally aired: 14 December 1994
  • Animation type: Cel animation

See also

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Big Cartoon DataBase
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