The Tale of How

The Tale of How’ features a giant octopus that devours innocent Dodo’s born from a tree that grows from his head. Desperate to escape, the Dodo’s are aided by a little white mouse.


:: Special Distinction, Annecy, 2007
:: The Canal+ Award, Clermont-Ferrand, 2007
:: Grand Prix, Animanima, 2007
:: Artistic Perfection Prize, The International Festival of Animation, St. Petersburg, 2007
:: Best Short Film, South African Film & TV Awards, 2007
:: Best Independent Film Award, Bradford, 2007
:: Excellence Award (Silver), Expose 3, 2007
:: Grand Master Award (Gold), Expose 4, 2007
:: Best Video Creation, Curtocircuito International Short Film Festival, 2007
:: Third Prize, Backup Festival, 2007
:: Best Animation Short, Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes, 2007
:: Best Film, M-Net Edit, 2007
:: Vimeo Staff Pick
:: Short of the Week


:: Creators: The Blackheart Gang (Jannes Hendrikz, Markus Smit & Ree Treweek)


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Book Details

Weight 475 g
Dimensions 21 × 26 × 1.5 cm

Hardcover with Slipcover


DVD (award-winning animated short film)

About The Author

The Black Heart Gang

‘The Tale of How’ is a 20 page, hard cover book protected by a beautifully illustrated slipcase. Each book comes with a DVD of its award winning animated story.

In ‘The Tale of How’, we meet a giant octopus that has a tree growing from his head, the terror of the Indian Ocean, OTTO THE MONSTER! It’s his lonely pastime to devour the innocent Dodo’s who lived on his head. We see the Dodo’s unite, and with the help of a little white mouse, we see them escape the clutches of the terrible be-tentacled tyrant, and sail off into the sunset upon their mother, the tree.

“The Tale of How is a digital marvel of the handcrafted aesthetic. The visuals bring to life incredibly detailed and fantastic tapestries influenced by Bosch,
Japanese Prints and Surrealists, via 3-D modeling and texture shading. Telling the story of an island of dodo-like birds terrorized by a malcontent
octopus who relentlessly devours them, this work by the South African collective, The Blackheart Gang, is unabashedly fun and yet indescribably odd.”

– Jason Sondhi




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