Picks and Pans Review: Aesop's Fables

updated 05/19/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/19/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

It's not exactly like watching Sylvester Stallone in a porno movie, but it's a little strange to see Bill Cosby gamboling about as Aesop in this 15-year-old production. When two children happen upon him in the forest, he does a sort of sylvan rap song in which he explains to the children that "a fable is a story that's quite brief, with a moral hidden in it that can save you lots of grief." That leads into a charming animated version of The Tortoise and the Hare, with such people as Larry Storch and John Byner doing the animal voices. (Adults may be amused to note that the mule sounds like John Wayne, the owl like Walter Brennan and the hare like George C. Scott.) At half an hour, the length is about right, and Cosby is at his most ingratiating. (Scholastic-Lorimar, $14.95)

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