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"I Want My Potty" an Anytime Tale  produced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media


  
 
    Anytime Tales     (1991)
 
    producers: King Rollo Films for
                      Abbey Home Media Group
                      Andersen Press Ltd
    animation: 2D animation
      episodes: 10 tales of various length

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    Ten classic stories by bestselling authors Tony Ross and David McKee are
    brought to life here by King Rollo Films, Abbey Home Media and Andersen
    Press, and bracketed together as a series of "Anytime Tales". And they're
    very fine adaptations indeed.

    "I Want My Potty" is probably the standout tale, not just because it's so
    beautifully irreverant and charming in the way it deals with its subject matter,
    but also because it marks the first appearance of a certain
Little Princess,
    who's since gone on to even greater things in her own series. Tony Ross'
    book is, of course, a nursery classic. But here, in its animated guise, we
    even get some fab farty outbursts on the soundtrack, which are guaranteed
    to get you giggling.

   "Elmer" an Anytime Tale produced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media 

    Meanwhile, in the other pool of titles from David McKee, we have the delightfully
    colourful "Elmer". If you've got young kids, you'll know that Elmer is the
    patchwork star of a whole series of books and goodies, and seeing him
    walking and talking here, with the help of Johnny Morris, is a real treat.

    Speaking of Mr McKee, let's not forget that King Rollo Films is the company
    he instigated with Clive Juster and Leo Nielsen, and their award-winning
    productions have included adaptations of Tony Rossís Towser, Eric Hillís
    Spot, and Lucy Cousinsí Maisy books. As you'd expect, these Anytime
    adaptations are also quite exemplary, and delightful. Yes, the animation
    is often quite spare, but therein lies the charm. Each tale is allowed to
    unspool, in its own time, without any wham-bang clutter and effects.
    And because each of the ten stories has a cautionery twist, or a
    lovely turn-up at the end, you can't help but be left with a wry smile
    on your face, and a cosey feeling in your tum...

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    "I Want a Cat" an Anytime Tale produced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media 
"Super Dooper Jezebel" an Anytime Tale produced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media "Oscar Got the Blame" an Anytime Tale produced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media "I'm Coming to Get You" an Anytime Tale produced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media
    "Not Now, Bernard" an Anytime Tale produced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media "The Sad Story of Veronica Who Played the Violin" an Anytime Tale prosduced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media "The Hill and the Rock" an Anytime Tale produced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media "Two Can Toucan" an Anytime Tale produced by King Rollo Films for Abbey Home Media

   Those Anytime Tales... 

    Each author has five famous tales to his name... 
    (BBFC running times are in brackets)



   Tony Ross

   I Want My Potty (5mins 49secs)
    A Little Princess has to adjust to using a new potty, which isn't
    always as close to hand as she would like...


    I W
ant a Cat (6mins 35secs)
    Jessie wants a cat, but her Mum and Dad won't let her,
    so she dons a cat suit and puts a special plan in to action...


   Super Dooper Jezebel (5mins 9secs)
   Young Jezebel is just perfect in evey way. So super dooper
    perfect, in fact, that she deserves a croctacular comeuppance
...
   
   Oscar Got the Blame (4mins 16secs)
    Oscar's "friend" Billy cause all sorts of mischief...


   I'm Coming to Get You (5mins 19secs)
   A loathsome space monster causes havoc on a far-flung planet,
    before making its way to Earth, and the home of little Tommy Brown...



   David McKee
   
   Not Now, Bernard (4mins 53secs)
    Bernard's parents never have time for him, or the purple monster
    who gobbles him up and takes his pla
ce...
     
   Elmer (7mins 43secs)
    Elmer the patchwork elephant is fed up with being different...

   
   The Sad Story of Veronica who Played the Violin (10mins 7secs)
    Veronica's violin playing brings tears to the eyes of her teachers, her family,
    and the great wild world...


   The Hill and the Rock (8mins 25secs)
    Mr and Mrs Quest are deflated when they shift a rock from atop
    of their happy hilltop home...


   Two Can Toucan (4mins 57secs)
    The Aesop-like tale of a jet black bird who seeks an identity...*


    * This was actually David McKee's very first published tale.

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   Anytime cameos
   
   » In "Not Now, Bernard" Bernard's TV is playing an episode of Towser...

   
» Also, in the same film, when the purple monster is reading one of
       Bernard's comics, you can clearly see an Elmer soft toy on Bernard's
       toy shelf, beneath him...

   
» In "The Hill and the Rock", one of the young visitors to Mr and Mrs
       Quest's high home is dragging a toy Elmer on wheels, behind him...

   
» And finally, in "Two Can Toucan" there's even a house being painted
       Elmer-style, in bright patchwork colours...

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   Anytime Tales on DVD
   
    UK DVD
Anytime Tales
               Region 2 / all ten tales / Abbey Home Media / June 2004

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     based on the books by Tony Ross
     published by Andersen Press

     director:              Leo Nielsen    
     exec producers:  Anne Miles, Klaus Flugge  
     producer:            Clive Juster    
     music:                 Duncan Lamont
     animation:           Andy Wagner
     backgrounds:       David Bull, Martin Hazelgrave
     camera:               David Bull
     editing:                Clive Juster, John Hewett
     dubbing:              Bob Jackson
     voices:                Victoria Wood
                                Steve Steen



     based on the books by David McKee
     published by Andersen Press

     director:              Leo Nielsen    
     exec producers:  Anne Miles, Klaus Flugge  
     producer:            Clive Juster    
     music:                 Duncan Lamont
     animation:           Andy Wagner
     backgrounds:       David Bull, Martin Hazelgrave
     camera:               David Bull, Nick Price
     editing:                Clive Juster, John Hewett
     dubbing:              Bob Jackson
     voices:                Victoria Wood
                               Johnny Morris
                                Steve Steen



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     On the web


     King Rollo Films 
     The studio site...

     Andersen Press
     The publishers' home...

     Abbey Home Media
     Here are the producers and rights holders...


     Abbey Kids Shop
     And this is their very own video store...



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