Filmstrips with Cassettes
1974 Aesop's Fables. Group I. Six captioned filmstrips with six cassettes. Distributed by Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation. Pomfret Center, CT: Pomfret House. Previously in the Omaha Public Library. $6.90 at Antiquarium, May, '94. Extra copy of the filmstrip and cassette of DS for $3 from R. Korenich, North Port, FL, through Ebay, May, '00.
The two sides of the tapes are for manual and automatic slide forwarding. Good sound effects and music. Generally a bit scratched up from wear. The stories tend to be elaborated.
FC: 4:30. 27 illustrations. Well told.
BW: 4:42. 29 illustrations. The first time, the men did not realize that the boy had been fooling them. The second time they did. In the end, all the sheep were killed. "Don't ask for help when you don't need it."
LM: 4:43. 27 illustrations. The mouse is climbing the biggest stone he has ever seen; it turns out to be the lion's nose. The mouse later just happens to come to where the lion is trapped. "No one is too small to be able to help a friend."
DS: 3:36. 22 illustrations. This dog has no name or home. He has to find his own food. He finds a piece of meat behind a meat market and takes it to a pond, at the shores of which he has his problems. One extra copy for $3 from R. Korenich, North Port, FL, through Ebay, May, '00.
TH: 4:17. 28 illustrations. Bad art work on the hare here.
TMCM: 3:32. 26 illustrations. In the city, they go through a door with a key. A dog and a cat intrude. The mouse leaves without a word of farewell. "It is better to have a few things and be happy than to have many things and be unhappy."
1974 Aesop's Fables. Group II. Six captioned filmstrips with six cassettes. Distributed by Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation. Pomfret Center, CT: Pomfret House. Previously in the Omaha Public Library. $6.90 at Antiquarium, May, '94.
"The Monkey and the Camel": 6:20. 33 illustrations. The set's most colorful illustrations. "You must earn praise."
"The Fox and the Goat": 5:45. 32 illustrations. "Look before you leap."
MM: 5:35. 29 illustrations. She did not like her job. Much time and emphasis here on the chickens and eggs. Mom admonishes: "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."
GGE: 5:50. 29 illustrations. The farmer is tempted at first to throw the egg away. The goose produces an egg daily for weeks and weeks. The bad idea comes from the wife. "Never hurt those who help us."
"The Stag at the Pool": 6:17. 32 illustrations. The stag had never seen his antlers before. The stag sees the mountain lion's reflection in the same pool.
GA: 4:46. 26 illustrations. "I'll give you something this time but not again." The grasshopper mends his ways.
1974 Aesop's Fables. Group III. Six captioned filmstrips with six cassettes. Distributed by Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation. Pomfret Center, CT: Pomfret House. Previously in the Omaha Public Library. $6.90 at Antiquarium, May, '94.
TB: 5:37. 30 illustrations. (Careful: the spool may catch before the tape is fully rewound.) The bear sees both talking; does that not preclude playing dead? The two are introduced as friends, but the author comments at the end that the climber had not been a real friend to the other.
"The Man, His Son, and the Donkey": 5:25. 30 illustrations. People along the way are angry. The man also gets angry along the way. The donkey unties the rope with his teeth. "Never try to please everyone."
AD: 5:45. 30 illustrations. This ant got tired from exploring. A wave got him out into the water as he was drinking. The dove supplied a branch. The hunter set a trap for the dove. The dove did not know that the ant saved her.
"The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing": 5:30. 30 illustrations. For a moment, the disguised wolf sees a "sheep" in the river water that he himself is drinking. The sheep, sheepdog, and shepherd are all fooled. A lamb thinks that the wolf is his mother; the wolf leads him away and eats him.
"The Hares and the Frogs": 5:05. 27 illustrations. A herd of wild horses disturbs the hares' last desperate attempt at a safe home. "Let's get as far away from here as we can." They seek a new home. This fable is especially padded. "There are problems wherever anyone lives."
FWT: 5:20. 25 illustrations. The fox begins his speech to the other foxes by saying "As you can see, I lost my tail in a trap." "Misery loves company."
1977 Aesop's Fables. Group IV. Six captioned filmstrips with six cassettes. Distributed by Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation. Pomfret Center, CT: Pomfret House. Previously in the Omaha Public Library. $6.90 at Antiquarium, May, '94.
With the change in date, the format of these last six filmstrips changes slightly. No longer are the strips paginated. Each strip credits both script and art. Don Roberts does all the scripting. Rex Duden is responsible for the art of the first strip, while Gloriana (or "G." or "Glory") Gill does the rest. The art becomes slightly more sophisticated in this series.
WC: 4:48. The wolf has a good choking voice. Others try to help; the beaver thumps the wolf's back and the back of his head. The crow recommends Dr. Crane. The wolf promises "I'll pay you any amount of money you'll ask."
"The Honest Woodman": 5:26. Three different spirits accost the man here. The first forbids him to touch a particular tree and complains of the damage he has already done. Next the spirit queen throws his axe into the lake. A third comes up three times from the lake. "Honesty is always the best policy."
"The Owl and the Grasshopper": 4:25. The male grasshopper tells the female owl "You should be out hunting for food, like everyone else." The owl flatters the grasshopper on his voice and says at the end "Talking to him just didn't do any good."
"The Farmer and the Barrel" : 6:25. New to me. Anything in the barrel multiplies. The farmer, wife, and grandfather get rich and greedy. After grandfather falls into the barrel and starts multiplying, the barrel breaks and they are returned to their original poor state. "Money just made us selfish and greedy. We should be thankful for each other."
DM: 4:26. Long on the oxen's hard work and the dog's laziness. "A person who keeps things he doesn't need just so others can't have them is called a `dog in the manger.'"
"The Ant and the Butterfly": 3:13. New to me. The ant finds a dull brown thing (a chrysalis). When it starts moving, the ant says that whatever is inside must be stupid and ugly. The butterfly later recalls the ant's words when the ant praises the butterfly's beauty. "Never judge a book by its cover."