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"The Tortoise and the Hare"

Aesop's Fables are a collection of stories credited to Aesop (620–560 BC), a slave and storyteller who lived in Ancient Greece. Aesop's Fables have become a blanket term for collections of brief fables, usually involving anthropomorphic animals. The fables remain popular in children's moral education and entertainment. Many of the stories included in Aesop's Fables are well-known throughout the world and have been adapted in many media forms.

Famous Aesop's Fables include "The Tortoise and the Hare", "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", "The Ant and The Grasshopper" and "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse."

Adaptations & References

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"The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"
  • The fable of "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" was reenacted musically in episode 419 of The Muppet Show through "The Whiffenpoof Song". A group of Sheep sing and wag their tails, as the Wolf takes them out one by one -- until he's confronted by Super Sheep.
  • Kermit the Frog interviewed the stars of the fable "The Tortoise and the Hare" in a Sesame Street Sports sketch. The Tortoise and the Hare are both preparing for the legendary race. As in the original tale, the Hare dawdles, believing that the Tortoise is so slow that he'll have plenty of time to win. He loses to Kermit, who's inadvertently crowned the winner after rushing to the finish line to catch the results.
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"'The Tortoise and the Hare"
  • The fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare" was revisited by Kermit and Sesame Street News in Season 20. In the new sketch, the Hare challenged the Tortoise to a rematch -- but this time, the Tortoise was equipped with a jet-pack.
  • "The Fox and the Grapes" was animated for Sesame Street. (EKA: Episode 0796)
  • The Sesame Street album Big Bird's Birdtime Stories featured many retellings of Aesop's Fables - including "The Tortoise and the Hare" told by Big Bird; "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" told by Susan; and "The Lion and the Mouse" told by Olivia.
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"The Country Mouse and The City Mouse"
  • Sesame Street featured a somewhat modern adaptation of "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse". In the sketch, as in the original fable, the Country Mouse lives peacefully on the farm when his cousin, the City Mouse, comes to visit. The City Mouse is appalled that his cousin lives in a haystack, eats acorns, and listens to birdsong. He invites his cousin to come visit him in the city. The Country Mouse visits the City Mouse's apartment, and finds that his cousin eats pizza, doesn't mind traffic sounds, and listens to groovy music on his stereo. The Country Mouse is startled when he hears a cat. The City Mouse sighs, "Oh, that's just the cat. That means he's hungry, and he wants to catch us and eat us for dinner." Horrified, the Country Mouse goes back to the country, where he's safe.
  • Elmo's World: Fast and Slow featured the two star players from the fable "The Tortoise and the Hare" as they arrive on Elmo's doorstep to illustrate fast and slow. The episode concludes with Elmo taking on the role of Tortoise and Hare (in Dorothy's imagination) to finish the story.

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