Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Aesop Fables Cartoons ... "Can You Believe It's History Got Started In 600 BC !!!"

Aesop fables have been around for a long time, and they are still being used today. They were created by the Greek philosopher Aesop in 620 BC. He was a slave who worked as a herdsman in what is now modern-day Turkey. He wrote many fables about his experiences in life, which he illustrated with pictures. These stories were told to children and were meant to teach them moral lessons.

Many of these stories are still told today. The most famous is probably "The Tortoise and the Hare". In this story, the hare tries to outrun the tortoise, but ends up getting caught in a trap. The tortoise wins because it is patient. This story is still popular today.

Other fables that are still popular include "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", "The Fox and the Grapes", and "The Ant and the Grasshopper".

Aesop's fables were written down in the 5th century AD by a Greek monk named Synesius of Cyrene. Many people believe that these fables were originally written in Greek, and later translated into Latin. Some people think that Aesop wrote his own fables, and that they were then translated into Greek. However, it is believed that he did not write his own fables. Instead, they were written by other people and then translated into Greek by Synesius.

There are many different versions of Aesop's fables. Some are longer than others. Some are written in rhyme, while others are written in prose.

The series of cartoons are based on fables written by Greek fabulist and storyteller, Aesop. They were first produced in 1921, by a different studio than the one we know today. This series of cartoons began the 8 years before the Terrytoons studio was founded.

A Little History: 

Paul Terry was an early pioneer of the animation industry. He came up with the idea of animating Aesop's Fables and went on to set up a new studio called Fables Studios, Inc. This studio would later get backing from the Keith-Albee Theatre circuit.

The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs was the first of the series to be released. This series was to be based on a series of Fables that were written by Ted Osborne. Each of these stories would follow a different character. The story of Farmer Al Falfa was the first of the series to be released and it was released on May 13, 1921. The original series was a collection of stories about the character Farmer Al Falfa. Each of these stories would follow a different character and they would be loosely based on the original stories. This series concluded on June 9, 1922. Each short concluded with a so called "moral" that usually had nothing to do with the cartoon itself. The series was meant to be humorous. 

Terry and his crew would often create entire shorts in a week, always cranking out large numbers of cartoons on record time.

In 1954-1964 The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle Show had a Aesop Fable series called Aesop and Son. The opening titles for the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show were a variation on a fable, where Aesop was carving his name in marble, but was interrupted by his son, who used a jackhammer to carve the name Aesop and Son, which was intended to sound like the fable's conclusion. This was an excellent example of a pun, where the name Aesop and Son is also the name of a famous American folk tale, so the audience would recognize it as a reference. These cartoons shorts were a hit and kinda korney to me but entertaining. / BJ 🙈🙉🙊

The Villian In Disguise 1922 By Paul Terry
The Turtle And The Hare 1976 by Gamma Productions / The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show

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