October 12, 2006

Raven Tales takes wing

So what is Raven Tales?Raven Tales is the multiple (20 and counting) award-winning series of 13, half-hour, CGI (Computer-Generated Imaging) animated television/film programs, targeted at school-age children and their families. Starring Dr. Evan Adams of Smoke Signals fame, winner of the AIFF Best Actor Award, Raven Tales features Native American folklore developed to appeal to a broad international audience in a contemporary, humorous and entertaining way.

Raven Tales concentrates on the wild and funny adventures of Raven, the most powerful, and one might add, trickiest troublemaker of Native American folklore.

The Raven Tales, like the Simpsons, centers its humor on the interactions of its re-occurring ensemble cast. The three principal characters, Raven, Eagle and Frog, anchor the show and provide familiar faces and humorous antics that feature widely in each episode. Along with the principle characters are a cast of humans, their children and a group of mythological creatures whose foibles and flaws give our heroes plenty to worry about. And with 10,000 years of market research to support them, these stories are surefire hits with any audience.

The pilot episode, How Raven Stole the Sun, has been adapted from a popular Haida myth, but has elements of Salish and Kwakiutl, while others episodes have been adapted from Cree, Cherokee, Lakota, Navajo, Nisgaa and other Native American stories from all across North America. In every case, Raven Tales Productions has been careful to gain express written permission of Tribal Councils and hereditary Chiefs to tell these stories.

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