The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare is one of the fairy tales created by Aesop (a Greek, semi-legendary creator, believed to have lived in the 6th century BC), in the Perry Index, which categorizes the works of Aesop, it has the number 226.

The story is quite commonly known – the tortoise is a stereotypically slow animal – even considering that not all turtles are so slow, it is inevitably much slower compared to the hare. While the tortoise obviously has no chance of winning the race, but he wins, by trying as hard as he can, while the overconfident hare, believing he has too much of an advantage to make it matter, takes a nap. And he sleeps too long, enough for the tortoise to win. A proverb directly derived from this story is “slow and steady wins the race”.

This story is one of the most famous stories with tortoise, many people today may still know, of course, for example Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but they are, compared to the discussed story, a complete novelty. The tortoise and the hare have inspired people for a long time.

Below is a list of TurtleDex notes in which the authors refer to the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.

References can be found in 22 film notes:
This Beautiful Fantastic
The Hunt
Dark Command
The Trip
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Ooops! Noah Is Gone… (Know also as All Creatures Big and Small)
King of Thieves
The Last Days of Disco
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
8 Mile
The Constant Nymph
A Yank in the R.A.F.
Aesop’s Fables (1983)
Aesop’s Fables (1971)
The Addams Family
Animal Crackers
The Texan
Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness
The King’s Man

Seven of the tv-series described in TD hae elements related to the story:
K-On!, Ura-On!, K-On!!
Tinga Tinga Tales
Power Rangers Ninja Steel

We refer to this story in as many as 24 comic book notes, one collective describing the tortoise and the hare in consignment and in 23 notes devoted to specific series or comic strip strips:
Views of the Business
Views of the America
Views of the World
The Elderberries
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Robert Ariail
Rob Rogers
Pat Oliphant
Joel Pett
Fred Basset
In the Bleachers
Reality Check
Mother Goose and Grimm
Kevin and Kell
The Grizzwells
Frank and Ernest
Asterix Comics
Tommy Turtle

In one of the notes about the games there is a mention of the tortoise and the hare – Hogwarts Legacy.

References can also be found in sculptures – a topic that TurtleDex has quite well described.
Descriptions of individual objects can be found in the texts on Tortoise Fountains in North and South America, on Sculptures in Africa, Australia and Asia and note abouut Sculptures located in Europe. In addition, the article on Turtle Sculptures located in the USA describes as many as seven sculptures related to this theme. These are sculptures found in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York (stanie).

This theme is of course also used in advertisements, in the database we have as many as 13 such advertisements (the link name is the name of the company/organization ordering the advertisement): FedEx, Marshalltown, Nike, Puma, Schick, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Transport for London, Cheerios, Badoit, Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 , Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, Toyota Yaris Verso, Amaron Batteries

In a separate note we listed 64 songs with some references to the Tortoise and the Hare.

In the short films section, we have a whole note dedicated to these characters, plus two stories in the “Shorts – Noveltoons” also touch on this topic: The Old Shell Game and Turning the Fables

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