Tales For All

Tales For All, in french Conte pour Tous, is a long-running series of French-Canadian children and young adult films by producer Rock Demers. Most of the films are unrelated to one another, with only two of them (The Dog who Stopped the War and Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller) getting actual sequels. In general, the movies tend to feature one form or another of a Coming-of-Age Story; some are down-to-earth fare, some are unabashed fantasies.

The movies have enjoyed varied receptions, ranging from forgettable to excellent; some of the earlier films are considered cult classics in Quebec (and the very first of them, The Dog Who Stopped the War/La Guerre des Tuques, is not so much a cult-classic as a generation-defining film).

The series includes (so far) over twenty films: the full list can be found on that other wiki.

This movie series provides examples of:

  • Character as Himself: (the "celebrity as himself" variety) Vincent and Me, centered on Vincent van Gogh, featured the last person to have known van Gogh alive, Jeanne Calment, played by the very real Jeanne Calment, then 114 years old.
  • Children Are Innocent: Subverted in The Dog Who Stopped the War. Their ongoing snowball war reveals the not-so-nice side of the involved children, and while their coming of age doesn't make them innocent, it does bring out their better qualities.
  • Cirque du Soleil: The Great Land of Small includes performers from the then-fledgling company (at that point, they hadn't mounted productions beyond Canada) to add color to a Magical Land.
  • Death by Newbery Medal: The Dog Who Stopped the War. Guess how?