WARNING: THIS CLIP CONTAINS AN ANIMATED VERSION OF A MURDER BY STABBING, FROM SHAKESPEARE'S FAMOUS PLAY, JULIUS CAESAR. VIEWING MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.
This clip continues an animated summary of Shakespeare's famous play, "Julius Caesar." In this segment, the plotters carry out their murderous scheme against Rome's ruler.
Shakespeare created one of the most memorable lines ever spoken in Latin - "Et, tu, Brute?" - for this play. Although Caesar directs that question ("And you, Brutus?") to his friend, at the moment of stabbing, scholars dispute whether the real Julius Caesar actually said those words.
This animated version of Julius Caesar was commissioned by BBC Wales in the early 1990s. It was actually produced in Russia for original broadcast in Wales.
Although the animation may seem like a "cartoon," it follows Shakespeare's play and includes its language and tragedy. Because the original play is lengthy, some of its famous scenes and lines do not appear in the thirty-minute animation.
This clip is neither easy to watch (the murder scene may be upsetting for young viewers) nor simple to understand (because the language is Shakespearean). On the other hand ... it provides an interesting summary of the play.
Clip from Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (also known as The Animated Shakespeare). Originally broadcast in 1992, the series contains thirty-minute adaptations of different Shakespeare plays. This clip, from Series Two, was first aired in 1994.
The producer of this BBC-commissioned series was the Dave Edwards studio in Cardiff, the scripts were authored by Leon Garfield, the academic adviser was Professor Stanley Wells and the animations were created by Russian directors and animators at the Christmas Films Studio in Moscow.
Clip online, courtesy BBC Worldwide Channel at YouTube. Copyright, BBC, all rights reserved. Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.
Series 2, of Shakespeare's Animated Tales, originally aired on BBC2 from November 2 - December 14, 1994.