Tales from Around the World is a series of 6 x 5′ animated films for BBC Learning, based on the most interesting and unusual folktales from around the world. The series includes a story about the origin of the night from Brazil, a story about a Punjabi King who allows himself to be fried and eaten for breakfast each day in return for unlimited gold, and a story from Israel about the importance of personal choice and individuality. Other stories in the series come from Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria.
The Story of Wali Dad
A beautifully animated tale from Pakistan about a grass cutter, who is both happy and generous with the little that he owns. Wali Dad receives numerous gifts from a Princess and Prince but passes them on between them. Wali Dad has no need for these elaborate presents and is content with living moderately. This film invites children to acknowledge that happiness is not dependent on being materially rich.
THE TALE OF HOW THE CALIPH BECAME A STORK
A beautifully animated tale from Iraq about a wicked sorcerer who turned the great Caliph of Baghdad into a stork. The sorcerer was following the orders of the Caliph’s jealous brother, who wanted to lead Baghdad himself. However, the Caliph breaks the spell and harmony is restored. It encourages children to consider the dangers of greed and jealousy, stimulating a discussion on the desire for power.
Where the Night Came From
A beautifully animated tale from Brazil that playfully imagines how the night came to be. It tells the story of three servants who disobeyed the King of the Ocean’s orders and released the deep-sea shadows into the daylight. This film invites children to think about curiosity, disobedience and to consider how we use narratives to imagine the earth’s phenomenon and origins.