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Shakespeare Animated Tales in March

Metrodome Films have announced the UK DVD release of Shakespeare, The Animated Tales for 28th March 2005 priced at £39.99. Released as part of the Ovation range this 3-disc set includes 12 breathtaking 30 minute animated adaptations of Shakespeare's best loved plays. With scores of instantly recognisable voices such as Hugh Grant, Anthony Sher, Jenny Agutter, Stephen Tompkinson and Pete Postlethwaite, 'Shakespeare, The Animated Tales' is an invigorating collection of twelve of the most well known and loved Shakespearian tales. Viewers will marvel at the magic and the variety of the animation styles on show whilst emotions are taken through a roller-coaster ride of comedy, tragedy and history. Winner of two Emmy awards and watched by audiences in over fifty countries, this box set is for adults and children alike.

Each tale is a unique 30-minute adaptation. Renowned Shakespeare scholar, Leon Garfield, is the genius behind the project. He has worked in collaboration with acclaimed Russian animators ensuring that each tale leaps to live through striking animation techniques. Meticulous attention to detail captures the absurdity, anguish and affliction of the characters involved, drawing audiences in to a realm of mysticism, magic and mayhem.

These innovative DVD's also make an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for children, creating a great stepping-stone into his fascinating world. Characters are brought to life before the viewers' eyes, allowing everyone to understand Shakespeare's language and follow the story with ease.

The twelve tales featured in Shakespeare, the Animated Tales, are as follows:

Twelfth Night
As You Like It
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Taming of the Shrew
A Winter's Tale

Romeo and Juliet

Richard III
Julius Caesar
The Tempest

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