This playful tale is among the best known of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories. In How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, a Parsee man seeks revenge on the nasty rhino followed by the story of a lazy camel who learns the hard way that pride and arrogance are never a good combination. Read by Jack Nicholson. Original music by Bobby McFerrin. 22 minutes.
How the Leopard Got His Spots
Deep in the rain forests of the Amazon jungle, a village of very lazy people wishes to do nothing but lie in their hammocks and think great thoughts. One day, a mysterious man arrives who is able to create monkeys that do absolutely everything for them. Soon, the monkeys multiply and take on every human activity, including complaining. This humorous Colombian fable perfectly evokes the spirit, rhythms, and imagery of South America. Read by Raul Julia. Original music by Lee Ritenour. 24 minutes.
The Monkey People
In the yellow hues of the African plains, hunting was easy for the leopard, whose light coat served as camouflage. When all the animals moved away, the hungry leopard had to follow them to the striped, splotchy, spotted forest. But he didn't stand a chance of survival unless, of course, he acquired spots himself. Rich in language and subtle humor, this inspired adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic comes alive with the gentle sounds of South African a cappella harmonies. Read by Danny Glover. Original music by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 26 minutes.
2 CDs. 1 hour, 15 minutes total running time.