Down 14,919 this week

The Story of 'The Tortoise & the Hare' (2002)

TV-G  |   |  Animation, Family, Short  |  5 December 2002 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 125 users  
Reviews: 3 user

The classic Ray Harryhausen tale that still proves "slow and steady" wins the race.


, (uncredited) , 1 more credit »


(based on: the popular fable by)
0Check in

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 461 titles
created 01 Jan 2012

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Story of 'The Tortoise & the Hare' (2002)

The Story of 'The Tortoise & the Hare' (2002) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Story of 'The Tortoise & the Hare'.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

Director: Sam Wanamaker
Stars: Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour, Taryn Power
Family | Fantasy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda.

Director: Desmond Davis
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Ray Harryhausen
Stars: James Matthews


Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)


The classic Ray Harryhausen tale that still proves "slow and steady" wins the race.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

race | sleep | judge | gate | forest | See All (17) »




Official Sites:



Release Date:

5 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Tortoise & the Hare  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Begun in 1952, the film was interrupted by other Ray Harryhausen projects and was not completed until 50 years later. Fortunately, most of the original models survived the long delay and were available for visual reference. See more »


Featured in Comic Book: The Movie (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Given the history of this project, in more than one sense, "slow and steady wins the race" is indeed appropriate.

Ray Harryhausen started this short back in the early 1950s as part of a series of stop-motion animation shorts using fables as the starting point in order to develop the techniques in a more immediate and cost-effective manner. He had about three to four minutes shot when he quit because larger, better paying, projects called. He kept the footage and most of the models, however, and some younger animators learned about the short a few years ago and got Harryhausen's permission to complete it themselves. So out came the models and completed footage. Ironically (considering the looong, slooow pace of the project) the model they found largely missing was the tortoise! I suspect the original got tired of waiting around for the boss to come back and started off again, ponderously but patiently, on his way to his finishing line.

The completed project works exceptionally well and is largely seamless, with little indication as to where the original footage is versus the newer work. Given the fact that film ages, this means that the current animation team did a great job in making things mesh together. The short also fits the style of the other shorts in the series that Harryhausen completed so many years ago (I think there are five others) and I can only hope that some enterprising soul decides the whole series should be released on DVD and/or VHS. Fascinating in many ways. Well worth watching. Recommended.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD? RivenWinner

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: