Stories uit Wolkeland

TV series, 1979

Children’s series about the raindrops from Wolkeland (“Cloud Land”). King Roelof reigns over Wolkeland and his granddaughter princess Rienkie teaches the young raindrops everything they need to know: how to splash and glide, how to refresh the flowers and how to guard against the Droogtedrakies (“little drought dragons”), Moddermaatjies (“mud buddies”) and the grumpy old northern wind. Some of Rienkie’s students are Neusie, a curious little drop who’s always landing himself in trouble; and Kletter and Klatter, two naughty drops who keep on forgetting to water the flowers. Each episode had a nature- or moral lesson.

Stories uit Wolkeland
Stories uit Wolkeland
Stories uit Wolkeland

Production summary: 

Premiere date:

6 March 1979

Channel:

SABC-TV

Language:

Afrikaans

Genre:

Children and youth; Puppets

Number of series:

1

Number of episodes:

13

Production company:

SABC

Director:

Sias Odendaal

Writer:

Sias Odendaal

Translation of title:

"Stories from Cloud Land"

Cast and Crew: 

Crew
Sias OdendaalDirector; Writer; Puppets
Alida von MaltitzPuppet manipulation
Leonora OdendaalPuppet manipulation

Episodes: 

Episode 1
Original air date: 6 March 1979

Episode 2
Original air date: 13 March 1979

The story of why we say “jakkals trou met wolf se vrou” (“jackal marries wolf’s wife”) when it rains while the sun is shining. The raindrops saves Jackal, who is dying from thirst.

Episode 3
Original air date: 20 March 1979

Noona the rainbow falls ill and loses her colour, all because it hasn’t rained in such a long time. The raindrops and sunrays team up to help her.

Episode 4
Original air date: 27 March 1979

Instead of raining on the farmer’s land, naughty Kletter and Klatter get the other raindrops to go play in the vlei, where it’s nice and cool. Because of this, Rienkie almost dies, and King Roelof punishes the bad raindrops very harshly.

Episode 5
Original air date: 3 April 1979

The northern wind is jealous of the raindrops. With his strong cold breath he makes the clouds bash into each other. Some of the small drops haven’t learnt how to fall properly, and they get hurt.

Sources: 

Images from: Stella du Toit, kom Kuier Saam in Wolkeland. Radio en TV Dagboek, 5-11 March 1979, pp.18-19.