Grim Tales

Rik Mayall is one of my favorite actors.  He was part of the great British television series “The Young Ones”.  Many Americans may recognize him as Drop Dead Fred. I first saw him on a kid’s program called “Grim Tales” where he was a storyteller acting out all the parts in Grimm’s fairy tales.  I love his wacky, subversive style.

The program also included puppetry and short sections of stop motion animation done with unusual materials, with Mayall continuing the narration.  It is another example of creative people on a budget producing marvelous work.  I recorded them all on VHS, but that tape has been lost. The videos are available on youtube, however the quality isn’t any better than my old tapes. Here are a couple of examples. Watch his face morph as he switches rolls.

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