Well, guess what? I totally overstretched myself, have abandoned the project and made the decision that such matters are best left to the BBC!
However, I did take some nice photos as part of the project and it seemed a shame not to share them, so here are a few of the stills from the film that never was (starring a whole range of relevant Ostheimer wooden toys, and a few irrelevant Ostheimer rabbits, because this is Cottontails after all...)
Little Red Riding Hood
Take this basket to your grandmother
And don't stray off the path!
Off to granny's house
Meanwhile, not too far away...
Distracted by bunnies
"Where are you going, little girl!"
Wolf arrives at granny's cottage...
(It's not looking good for granny...)
In the cupboard with you!
(I'll have you later, for pudding)
Little Red Riding Hood arrives...
...and finds 'granny' in bed
My what big teeth you have etc etc etc....
Oh thank goodness! A woodcutter arrives...
He saves the day
And rescues granny from the cupboard
And they all live happily ever after...
...especially the bunnies
(who are much happier when there's one less wolf around)
All the little wooden toy animals and people featured in the story are made by Ostheimer, and everything is available to buy at Cottontails - find them all here.
Ostheimer are one of very few toy makers in the world who still make toys in a completely traditional way. It's wonderful.
Each piece is individually sawn, sanded and hand painted - not one part of the production process is computerised which is extremely unusual today. Made from sustainable wood - maple, ash and alder - with water based non toxic paints and a walnut oil finish, each piece is eco-friendly, hand-crafted and unique.
They are not inexpensive, we know that, but each little animal truly is one of a kind, and the ethics and toy-making philosophy of Ostheimer are exemplary.
And as for my film making activities, don't worry - there will be many more curious little Cottontails films in the future, just not any full on fairy tale feature films!!