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Animation of Hushang Moradi Kermani’s “The Big Clay Jar” produced
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A scene from “The Big Clay Jar”
A scene from “The Big Clay Jar”
TEHRAN -- An animation series based on Iranian children’s author Hushang Moradi Kermani’s “The Big Clay Jar” has recently been produced.
The 13-epidosod series was produced by the Saba Art and Cultural Institute, which is affiliated with the Iranian Academy of Arts, the institute announced in a press release on Monday.
The story is set in a school in a village near the city of Kerman, the hometown of the author.
The students from all grades attend a common class, which is led by a teacher. They all use the water contained in a big clay jar in a corner of the school to quench their thirst.
The students find the jar broken when they attend the school in the morning of a freezing winter day. A great controversy is aroused as they begin to trace who is involved in the incident. 
Finally, Principal Mr. Samadi finds out that the jar has been broken as a result of freezing due to the cold weather. Then, the students and villagers unite to repair the jar.
“The story also carries an intriguing mixture of incidents, which occur on the sidelines,” director Ali Ahmadi said.
He used cutout animation technique to make the series, which will premiere in IRIB’s Channel 1 on Friday.
Moradi Kermani, 68, is an eminent writer of books primarily for children and teenagers. However, his works also appeal to adults.
Several Iranian movies and TV-series have been made based on his works. Kiumars Purahmad directed the TV series “The Stories of Majid” and Dariush Mehrjuii made “Mom’s Guest” -- both based on his novels of the same name.
His credits also include “Sweet Jam” and “Like the Full Moon”, “The Reservoir”, and “Cushion”, most of which have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, Armenian, Turkish and several other languages.
The Children’s Book Council of Iran plans to nominate Moradi Kermani for the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2014.

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