Raven Tales is series of 26, half-hour, CGI (Computer-Generated Imaging) animated television programs, targeted at school-age children and their families to introduce native Aboriginal ... See full summary »
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Evan Adams ...  Raven 5 episodes, 2004-2006
Carmen Moore ...  Frog / ... 4 episodes, 2004-2006
Ian Reid Ian Reid ...  Eagle 4 episodes, 2004-2006
Chris Kientz Chris Kientz ...  Wina 4 episodes, 2006
Simon James Simon James ...  Bakwus / ... 3 episodes, 2006-2010
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Raven Tales is series of 26, half-hour, CGI (Computer-Generated Imaging) animated television programs, targeted at school-age children and their families to introduce native Aboriginal folklore in a humorous and entertaining way. They tell the stories of the adventures of Raven, the most powerful deity of Aboriginal mythology. Each episode focuses on a new Raven Tale (or one that is introduced by Raven) that has been adapted from the folklore of many Aboriginal nations. The pilot episode, How Raven Stole the Sun, was adapted from a popular Haida myth, but has elements of Salish and Kwakiutl, while others episodes have been adapted from Cree, Salish, Nisgaa, Comanche, Navaho and other Native American stories. The Raven Tales, like the Simpsons, finds a lot of its humor based 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 bookend each episode. Other ... Written by Colin Curwen & Joe Thornton

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Outstanding Series, My 4 Year Old and I Love It
13 April 2011 | by roscignoSee all my reviews

It can be a challenge to find a quick 20 minute kids show that is bearable for adults. My kids (4 and 2) love Dora and Diego, which are not horrible shows, but the repetition makes it difficult to take if they want to watch it with me (although I know kids that age love repetition).

I thoroughly enjoyed Raven Tales from the first episode we watched. I found it on Xfinity (Comcast) Kids HD On Demand under the Smithsonian category. The artwork is incredible, especially the natural landscapes, they look like impressionist paintings. The show focuses on a Native American village and appears to take place somewhere in Canada (based on the landscapes). I'm not sure if they actually mention the tribe's name. The lessons and responsibilities they teach the kids are interesting too, very applicable to young children. Lots of the focus is humans coexisting with animals and nature in a respectful way. A character called the "Great Spirit" makes several appearances and helps out the animals and children. It was a great way to have a discussion with my 4 year old about the notion of God in a non-denominational and non-preachy manner. I don't agree with or subscribe to organized religion but I am spiritual. The notion of God is difficult to convey to a small child but my 4 year old was all over it, she was very curious and we had some really good discussions based on the lessons in the show.

I highly recommend this show to parents. Almost immediately after I started watching the first episode, the high quality work (art and sound) and message was apparent. I wish it had a wider circulation as it is that much better than nearly all of the kids shows currently out there.


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