At some point in our lives, we have all heard bedtime stories from our parents or told them to our children. They might have been fairy-tales, stories from history or even personal stories. Almost everyone (and certainly everyone with children) has told such stories – including the greatest storytellers ever.
Martin Keady is a multi-award-winning English dramatist, journalist, librettist and poet, with Masters Degrees in English Literature (from the University of Cambridge), in Shakespeare Studies (from the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford on Avon) and in Playwriting (From the Central School of Speech and Drama in London). He is the creator and writer of the BEDTIME STORIES – BY THE GREATEST STORYTELLERS series, which he has brought to vktoons to animate. Working alongside vktoons on the series is the Mabrida Studios of the Sofianos family, which, among many other projects, participated in the Loving Vincent animated film.
In BEDTIME STORIES – BY THE GREATEST STORYTELLERS, the first series of which is targeted at the global English-speaking audience, we hear and watch the stories of six great writers: five of them English (Shakespeare, Chaucer, Jane Austen, Dickens and Judith Kerr, author of the classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea, which itself began life as a bedtime story); and Homer, the “father” of Western literature. They tell their children (or the children of family members or friends) stories just before they go to sleep and – as one would expect of such great writers – they are extraordinary, combining all the humour and pain of life itself.
BEDTIME STORIES – BY THE GREATEST STORYTELLERS will tell stories by and about these great writers in a way that is both entertaining and educational, appealing to the entire family (from small children who just love cartoons to older children studying these authors, and right through to parents and grandparents) and indeed the entire global family of humanity. This is a series, or franchise, with genuinely global potential, but the format can also evolve or be adapted in the future to show the greatest writers of a particular country or to tell stories in languages other than English, including the two other great global languages, Spanish and Cantonese.
At this point, we are composing the pitch bible and we hope that from the autumn of 2021 onwards we will be able to pitch the proposal to English-language broadcasters. We hope that you will join us in the making and marketing of BEDTIME STORIES – BY THE GREATEST STORYTELLERS, which will use animation to tell the most remarkable bedtime stories ever told to the whole world.