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Shakespeare: The Animated Tales

Also known as The Animated Shakespeare, this television series was first broadcast in 1992 and 1994. It was comprised of two six-part seasons. Every half-hour episode revealed an animated adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s many famous plays. The series was originally produced by S4C for the BBC, but it was animated by some of the best artists of Soyuzmultfilm, Russia’s former main animation studio. Each play is directed by a different animator using an array of various animation techniques.
 

Above: Shakespeare: The Animated Tale’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet

Below: Othello

Below: The Taming of the Shrew animated adaptation using stop-motion puppets!

Below: Here is Hamlet using “paint on glass” animation technique.

Below: Cel animation for Macbeth!

What i found most interesting about The Animated Tales was the variety of animation styles used under the direction of various talented animation directors. Each 26-minute episode offered something new to the audience. This is the unique feature of this television series.

by: Emmanuel Paredes

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