The Canterbury Tales (Animated) [DVD] 
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Animated adaptation of Chaucer's famous narrative poems, using a variety of groundbreaking animation techniques. On a pilgrimage from London to the tomb of Thomas Becket in Canterbury, a group of travellers from all walks of medieval society recount tales and stories to each other to provide amusement on the journey. Featuring the voice talents of Sean Bean, Robert Lindsay, Bill Nighy and others.
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What has surprised me most about the tales presented here is that they are still accessible and entertaining to a modern audience. Recurring themes are corrupt clergy, courtship and class conflict. This is all overlaid with a healthy dose of bawdy comedy (it can be quite entertaining to play spot the innuendo as there are little nudges hidden in many of the tales) and sometimes a bit of romance.
A mixture of clay and normal 'cartoon' animation of varying styles means that the individual tales are given their own tone and cadence reflecting the storyteller; sometimes slapstick comedy (e.g the Miller's tale with spitting image lips and a northern twang to the voices), sometimes flowing, bold coloured, minimalist graphics and Queen's English for the Franklin's tale of chivalry and valour.
The only reason I decided to leave one star off relates to the quite concerning rating given to the DVD relative to the content, tone and themes presented here. I certainly don't see it as PG material because many of the stories depict or hint at sexual activity;
The Wife of Bath's tale involves rape (although it's only hinted at in the cartoon, not knowing why the knight has been hauled to court+threatened with execution makes the story incomprehensible) and I pity any parents having to explain concepts like that to an 8-10 year old, not to mention sitting through the fairly graphic sex scene near the end...Read more ›
On a more mundane note, the tales are not in the order they appear on the sleeve and are annoyingly grouped within the sub-menu so that you can't find a specific tale without having worked out how to locate it within the menus first.
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I used this with my year 7 English class at the end of term and they thoroughly enjoyed it, although we didn't have time to watch it all. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2010 by chris
Great book, used in the classroom to explain tales to children who struggled with Canterbury Tales. Very useful and lovely pictures. Read morePublished on 9 April 2010 by S. Friar
Ok, so it's not in Middle English. From a point of view for shear entertainment value this is a good series. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2010 by A. Wright