The Tale of the Wonderful Potato
|The Tale of the Wonderful Potato|
|Directed by||Anders Sørensen|
|Written by||Anders Sørensen|
|Narrated by||Kai Løvring|
|Edited by||Jette Michaelsen|
The Tale of the Wonderful Potato (Danish: Eventyret om den vidunderlige kartoffel) is a 1985 animated film by Anders Sørensen. Sponsored by the Danish Film Institute, it tells the history of the potato through the ages—with a focus on European history and a twinkle in its eye. Potato's humorous and slightly self-deprecating presentation belies the detailed and insightful understanding of human history that carries through from the Incan potato creation myth, to the feisty tuber's heyday in 18th-century haute cuisine.
A mere 24 minutes long, The Tale of the Wonderful Potato is a schoolroom favorite in Europe, and has won the acclaim of teachers' organizations worldwide. It has been translated (dubbed) into English, German and Dutch, and it is recommended for grades 5 through 8 due to the versatile nature of its presentation, coupled with a detailed narrative voice.
Topics covered include:
- History of the potato (South America and Europe)
- World leaders involved in the history of the potato
- Social climate during the 16th to 18th centuries
- Major world events in the 16th to 18th centuries
- Nutrition, storage and preparation of potatoes
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