Western Animation / Animated Tales of the World


Animated Tales of the World was an animated series that aired on HBO Family in 2001 and it contained several stories from around the world including Australia, Russia, England and Africa. The series had won two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2001 including Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation and Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Peter Macon.

Episodes from Animated Tales of the World:

  • The Tree with the Golden Apples (Holland)
  • Cap O'Rushes (England)
  • The Magic Paintbrush (China)
  • Podna and Podni (Pakistan)
  • The Two Brothers (Russia)
  • The Green Man of Knowledge (Scotland)
  • King March (Welsh)
  • Raven Steals the Daylight (Alaska)
  • Ewenn Congar (France)
  • Fionn (Ireland)
  • The Three Sisters Who Fell Into the Mountain (Norway)
  • The Flower of Fern (Poland)
  • Bad Baby Amy (Australia)
  • The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep (Denmark)
  • The Enchanted Lion (Germany)
  • The Myth of Persephone (Greece)
  • John Henry (U.S.A)
  • The Tyrant and the Child (Burkina Faso)
  • Shepherd Boy Tumur (Mongolia)
  • King Solomon and the Bee (Israel)
  • The Crown and the Scepter (Arabia)
  • Redhill (Singapore)
  • Timoon and Narwhal (Canada)
  • How the Tortoise Won Respect (South Africa)
  • Aunt Tiger (Taiwan)
  • The Chief and the Carpenter (Latin America)

Animated Tales of the World provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: In The Three Sisters Who Fell into the Mountain, the three sisters are kidnapped by the Troll who lives in the mountain and their mother, who is too ill to leave the house, has no idea of where her daughters are located at.
  • Animated Anthology: Contains several animated episodes of stories that come from around the world.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Flower of Fern, Pavel wishes to be a rich man, but this ended up costing him his own family when he forgot that they existed.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In The Myth of Persephone, even though Persephone is able to spend more time with both Hades and her mother Demeter, Demeter ends up covering the world in snow until Persephone comes back to her.
  • Damsel in Distress: Inez in Ewenn Congar when she was kidnapped by a wicked magician.
  • Darker and Edgier: More so than HBO Family’s other animated TV shows as it shows many characters getting killed or has various villains that threaten the protagonists with death.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Occasionally shows up in some of the stories, such as in the song number of The Magic Paintbrush.
  • Downer Ending: In Redhill, even though the adviser and his men ended up being killed when the hill opened up, Nadine and his grandmother never returned to the village.
  • Fairy Tale:Cap O’Rushes, The Enchanted Lion and The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweeper.
  • Fat Bastard: The Adviser in Redhill as he manipulated the Rajah’s decisions for the village for his own gain.
  • Lighter and Softer: Aunt Tiger and King Solomon are the lightest stories in this series as they have a more comedic tone than the other stories.
  • Medium Blending: All of the stories have different types of animation such as CGI animation, 2D animation and Stop Motion animation.
  • Stop Motion:The Myth of Persephone, The Three Sisters Who Fell into the Mountain, and Cap O’ Rushes.
  • Taken for Granite: What happened to the Troll in the story The Three Sisters Who Fell into the Mountain when he was exposed to the sun and turned to stone.
  • Transformation Sequence: Happens in several stories such as Hans’ transformation from a lion to a human being in The Enchanted Lion.