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Sonic is Ten

I suspect that Sonic probably introduced more people to hedgehogs than any number of well-meant and carefully staged and cinematographically stunning nature documentaries.

De Herinacio On the Hedgehog

De Herinacio On the Hedgehog’ the first nature video based on medieval bestiary (‘the Rochester Bestiary’, British Library, Royal 12 F XIII).

Text after the Latin Physiologus translated by Miłosz Sosnowski:

Phisiologus dicit quod herinatius figuram habet porcelli lactentis. Hic deforis totus est spinosus. Sed tempore vindemiarum ingreditur in vineam, et ubi viderit uvam bonam, ascendit super vitem et exacinat uvam illam, ita ut cadant omnes racemi in terram. Deinde descendit et volutat se super illos ita ut omnes racemi figantur in spinis eius, et sic portat escam filiis suis.

The Physiologue says that a hedgehog has the shape of a suckling piglet. On the outside it is entirely covered with spines. During the grape-gathering season the hedgehog enters the vineyard. And when it sees a good grape, it climbs up the vine and removes that grape in such a way as to make all the clusters fall onto the ground. Then it climbs down and rolls itself over them so that that all the grapes get caught in its spines. This is how it brings food to its offspring.

Dolls & animation: Ala Nunu Leszyńska/Obrazki nunu
Storyboard: Karolina Chabier/kchabier
Music: Magda Tejchma
Narrated by Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett/ Ensemble Peregrina

Via Discarding Images