With this in mind, anyone would think that Jungle Book was the only story Kipling had ever written. Very rarely has anyone else attempted to adapt any of his other tales - small exceptions being Chuck Jones, who took a stab at The White Seal and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi sometime in the 70's.
Born in Bombay during the late 1800's, Kipling spent much of his life writing poems of British Soliders in India as well as various stories for adults and children - The Day's Work, Rewards and Fairies, Puck of Pook's Hill - but his most famous collection of tales has been the 'Just So Stories'.
|My copy of the Just So Stories - printed in 1987|
Each story has its own flavour, inspired by Kipling's travels across the world - family holidays in South Africa, seeing the shores of Arabia from a ship's deck and even brief visits to Australia. These have been enjoyed by children and adults alike, and have rarely been out of print since.
Long before my Grandparents gave me their copy of the original book, which sits with pride on my book shelf, I became aware of the Just So Stories by a little-known animated series on the BBC in the early 90's.
|'The Butterfly That Stamped'|
|'The Elephant's Child'|
- The music composed by Kick Productions is delightfully catchy and suits the timeless feel of Kipling's stories well.
- The narration by Geoffrey Matthews is enjoyable where, next to his variety of voices, he also throws in aside mutterings and improvisations for the characters, leading or secondary.
- And the background artwork - let's take a moment to marvel at the quality put into them here by one Ian Henderson;
Perhaps one day, Classic Media might be tempted to reissue the DVD. But for now...who knows?
|'How the Whale got his Throat'|
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