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Tortoises’ Idea, The (2002)

This colourful and vibrant animation was inspired by and is based on a Nigerian myth. At the beginning of the world, the Creator decides that everything – the tortoises, the man and the woman, the stones, every creature and plant – will live forever. But one day the tortoises have an idea. They decide that they would be happier if they had little tortoises to care for. But tThe Creator explains that if they had children they would have to die or there would be too many tortoises in the world. The tortoises accept this law and the next morning a lot of little tortoises appear. When a man and woman see the little tortoises, they also think of having their own children, so they follow the tortoises’ example and visit the Creator, with the same result. Only the stones refuse to change their nature and because they have no children, they never die.

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Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-129-C
Resource Rights Holder Cambridge Film Consortium
Project Ref STSH2-12
Year of Production 2002
Genre Folk Lore
Curriculum Areas subjects
Who Made by the schoolchildren of St Matthew's Primary School in collaboration with Louise Spraggon (Filmmaker)
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content 2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Creationism, Family, Animism, Fable, Mortality
Clip Length 06:00