Telly Award Winner- Platinum REMI Award - First Prize Animated Television Productions
Gold World Medal, 50th New York Festival
Magic Cellar is based on African folk-tales, many of which were collected by the producers in villages across South Africa.
The series features a multi-cultural cast of characters, with the principal character being an African girl.
Magic Cellar is a fabulous 3D animated children's television and DVD series which celebrates Africa's culture and story-telling.
Where Stories Come From
The main characters are introduced. Pula arrives at her grandmother’s house and meets Marcus, Navitha, Josh and Melissa, and the main narrative characters, Zee and Gecko. The children discover the Magic Cellar. In this episode, Pula learns where stories come from. She is taken to an underwater palace to hear from the Spirit People. The children are drawn into the wonders of learning through adventurous stories read from books.
The tortoise and the Elephant
The elephant wants to eat all of the tortoise’s food, so the tortoise challenges the elephant to a running race. The winner receives all the food. With the help of his friends, the tortoise wins the race. The elephant learns the importance sharing.
A King, Shakutara, meets and falls in love with a beautiful maiden. They married, but soon afterwards the King had to go to work. The King gave his bride a magical ring to remind her of his love, but the Kings advisers stole ring to make the King forget about his bride. Fate intervenes and soon the King and his bride are reunited forever. True love remains with you always.
Birds of Clay
A group of birds arrive at a village. They eat half the farmers’ seeds. So, the greedy farmers decide to destroy all the birds. Soon, a large group of locusts arrive. Without birds to scare them off, the locusts eat all the crops. A terrible famine hits the land. Through the selfless act of a child, birds return to the land. The villagers learn to share with the birds
The Hare and the Jackal
The hare is caught by the jackal, who wants to eat him for dinner. The hare talks the jackal into letting him drink from the river. The jackal sees his reflection in the river and the hare tricks the jackal into believing his reflection is really anther jackal. As a result, the hare is able to escape. Sometimes when it is truly necessary, it is acceptable to bend the truth a little to stay out of danger.