Stories from the Sandbox

13 episodes 05:00 min.
The series is an original adaptation of Renata Piątkowska’s book under the eponymous title. It consists of episodes from the life of five-year-old Tommy, interpreted from his point of view and presented in the author’s narration. Each of Tommy’s adventures begins with a sentence ‘I like…’ or ‘I don’t like…’. For Tommy, every day is the start of a new, unforgettable adventure. A day full of thrills, which adults do not notice and often do not understand. The author uses every topic, even seemingly trivial ones, for philosophical and moral deliberations – because little Tommy is a bit of a ‘thinker-prodigy’. The humour in these stories is seemingly unintentional and stems from the child’s self-willed and curious nature.
Tommy is a preschooler, bright, disarming and curious about the world. The question “why” is always on his lips. Little hands are never bored, and every day reinforces his conviction that there is a whole lot in the world that adults will never understand. Tommy, in the manner typical of preschoolers, discovers and explains the world to himself. He copes with everything that the day brings with undiminished cheerfulness. His sense of humour and the funny situations he constantly gets involved in make adults smile broadly, and the children following his adventures react very spontaneously.

Producer, production: TV Studio Filmów Animowanych Sp. z o.o.
Film co-financed by Polish Film Institute and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Animated 2D for kids, colour, format 16:9 HD, DCP, 05:00’, Stereo 5.1.
Date of production: 2021-01-01 © 2021 TVSFA

Films from the “Stories from the Sandbox” series by Renata Piątkowska. An episode from the life of a 5-year-old Tommy, shown from his point of view and in the author’s narration.

CINEMA | KINO
Episode 01 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Robert Turło
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński 
Compositing by Bartosz Zarzycki
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Anna Sobkowiak, Elżbieta Kandziora, Ewa Rodewald, Roman Frajczyk, Janusz Matusik
Background by Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Klaudia Kuchtyk – Tommy’s Mom; Krzysztof Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy’s Dad; Antoni Roznerski – Dominic; oraz Zofia Nowosielska, Antoni Kwiecień, Krzysztof Tymiński

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy likes going to the cinema. He goes there for the first time with his mum to see a film about a humpbacked horse. Tommy is delighted. He makes friends with Dominic, they exchange popcorn and sweets and have drinking competitions using a straw. Tommy says that it would be even more fun in the cinema if they didn’t turn off the lights, because it interferes with the games…

MAGNIFYING GLASS | LUPA
Episode 02 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Robert Turło
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Robert Turło, Ewelina Stefańska
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Background by Krzysztof Różański, Paweł Prewencki
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Anna Sobkowiak, Elżbieta Kandziora, Ewa Rodewald, Roman Frajczyk, Janusz Matusik
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Krzysztof Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy’s Dad; Ewa Kania – Tommy’s Grandmother; Klaudia Kuchtyk – Tommy’s Mom

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production manager by Mariola Olejniczak
Producer by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy hates to be bored. It’s raining that day and Tommy doesn’t know what to do with himself. Dad is sorting out his collection of stamps and suggests that Tommy look at them through a magnifying glass. Tommy finds the magnifying glass a great tool for other observations. In the end, he comes to the conclusion that it is best to take the magnifying glass to the kindergarten, because that would be something, to see through the magnifying glass the hole left by a pulled tooth, which Johnny promised to show him…

MAYUMI
Episode 03 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Paweł Prewencki
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Alicja Grotuz
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Paweł Prewencki, Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Anna Sobkowiak, Daria Kruszka, Dominik Litwiniak, Ewa Rodewald
Background by Alicja Grotuz
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tom; Klaudia Kuchtyk – Tom’s Mom; Zofia Nowosielska – Mayumi, Maja; Ewelina Kudeń-Nowosielska – Mayumi’s Mom; Krzysztof Tymiński – Marek;

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tom likes to play in the sandbox. He’s so busy digging tunnels that he doesn’t notice when a little girl next to him starts to make mud pies. It turns out that she’s Mayumi from China and she doesn’t speak Polish. Tom looks at Mayumi and sees that she looks a bit different than the girls from the kindergarten. Tom is delighted that Mayumi keeps smiling and is very polite. He decides to teach her Polish…

GLASSES | OKULARY
Episode 04 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Paweł Czarzasty
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński 
Compositing by Daria Kruszka
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Anna Sobkowiak, Janusz Matusik, Elżbieta Kandziora, Ewa Rodewald, Dominik Litwiniak
Background by Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Antoni Kwiecień – Jake; Antoni Roznerski – Bart; Krzysztof Tymiński – Mark; Zofia Nowosielska – Anna, Marhta; Ewelina Kudeń-Nowosielska – Teacher, Jake’s Mom; Klaudia Kuchtyk – Tommy’s Mom

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy likes it when something unusual happens in the kindergarten. When his friend Jake comes in one day wearing glasses, they immediately become the object of interest and envy of all the children. The glasses are passed from hand to hand. The case, however, is a particular delight, because you can do a number of fantastic things with it…

ELDER BROTHER | STARSZY BRAT
Episode 05 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Paweł Prewencki
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Paweł Prewencki
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Janusz Matusik, Ewa Rodewald, Roman Frajczyk
Background by Paweł Prewencki, Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Krzysztof Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy’s Dad; Antoni Kwiecień – Johnny; Kacper Cybiński – Seba and Joanna Węgrzynowska, Ewelina Kudeń-Nowosielska, Ewa Kania

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy would really like to have an elder brother just like Johnny, his friend from kindergarten. He likes it when Seba says to Johnny “Cool!” or “Bye!” and walks him to the kindergarten. When Tommy returns home, he confides in Dad that he would like to have an elder brother. Amused, Dad tries to explain that such a brother would have to be born much earlier, but Tommy is not convinced…

WASP | OSA
Episode 06 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Paweł Prewencki
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło, Jarosław Pudlis
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Paweł Prewencki
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Lesław Budzelewski
Animation by Dominik Litwiniak, Anna Sobkowiak, Daria Kruszka, Andrzej Szych, Katarzyna Radecka, Ewa Rodewald
Background by Paweł Prewencki, Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Klaudia Kuchtyk – Tommy’s Mom; Antoni Roznerski – Paul; Krzysztof Tymiński – Mark; Antoni Kwiecień – Jake; Zofia Nowosielska – Barbara;

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy doesn’t like wasps and one comes through the kindergarten window, causing a huge commotion. The boys try to count how many legs it has and the girls love the wasp’s fluffy body. The Teacher in the kindergarten finds it difficult to control the general chaos. To top it all off, Tommy’s mum is late to pick him up and she is as angry as a wasp that day…

HOLIDAY | ŚWIĘTO
Episode 07 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Ewelina Stefańska
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło, Jarosław Pudlis
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Ewelina Stefańska
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Ewa Rodewald, Anna Sobkowiak, Janusz Matusik
Background by Paweł Prewencki, Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Ewa Kania – Tommy’s Grandma; Ewelina Kudeń-Nowosielska – Teacher; Krzysztof Tymiński – Mark; Zofia Nowosielska – Barbara; oraz Antoni Roznerski, Antoni Kwiecień

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy likes it when something special happens in the kindergarten. On that day, the boys find out that it’s the girls’ day and they have to make some cards for them. Tommy decides to paint a dragon with three heads. He is a bit surprised when Grandma sees their garden in the picture, the Teacher praises him for his beautiful bouquet and Anna likes the super football team on the green turf…

SKIING | NARTY
Episode 08 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Paweł Prewencki
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło, Jarosław Pudlis
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Paweł Prewencki
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Paweł Prewencki
Animation by Janusz Matusik, Daria Kruszka, Paweł Prewencki
Background by Paweł Prewencki
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Krzysztof Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy’s Dad, Kacper Cybiński – Skier; Zofia Nowosielska – Eva, and Antoni Roznerski, Antoni Kwiecień;

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy likes skiing very much, even though it’s the first time Dad has taken him to the slopes. Tommy calmly listens to the instructions and every attempt to ski downhill ends rather badly for him. Dad decides to show Tommy how a champion rides. In the end, Tommy holds on to his Dad’s poles, but only until he sees a girl of his age skiing next to him…

HAIRDRESSER | FRYZJER
Episode 07 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Ewelina Stefańska
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło, Jarosław Pudlis
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Ewelina Stefańska
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Daria Kruszka, Elżbieta Kandziora, Janusz Matusik, Ewa Rodewald, Anna Sobkowiak
Background by Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Klaudia Kuchtyk – Tommy’s Mom; Joanna Węgrzynowska–Cybińska – Hairdresser;

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy really doesn’t like going to the hairdresser’s, even though his Mum used to cut his hair. One day, Mum decides to take Tommy to the hairdresser. Tommy is not convinced, but he likes the hairdresser’s shop very much. The Hairdresser cuts his hair and praises him for being a very polite customer. Tommy sees his new haircut in the mirror and categorically says that he will not go to the kindergarten until his hair grows back…

TATTOO | TATUAŻ
Episode 10 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska

Directed by Ewelina Stefańska
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło, Jarosław Pudlis 
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Ewelina Stefańska
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Anna Sobkowiak, Janusz Matusik, Elżbieta Kandziora, Ewa Rodewald
Background by Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Klaudia Kuchtyk – Tommy’s Mom; Krzysztof Tymiński – Boy; and Krzysztof Plewako-Szczerbiński – Ewa Kania, Ewelina Kudeń-Nowosielska, Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy likes riding the tram, because often much more interesting things happen inside than outside. That day, Tommy sees a Boy with a tattoo and a Girl with a navel piercing. He can’t take his eyes off them, he admires both the tattoo and the Boy’s dreadlocks, and the Girl’s earring and blue nails. He is very curious if Mum or Dad could also have such drawings, Grandma such nails, and he dreadlocks and a dragon on his arm…

CHECKERED SHIRT | KOSZULA W KRATKĘ
Episode 11 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
[based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska]

Directed by Ewelina Stefańska
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło, Jarosław Pudlis
Dialogues by: Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Ewelina Stefańska
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Anna Sobkowiak, Janusz Matusik, Ewa Rodewald, Elżbieta Kandziora
Background by Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Klaudia Kuchtyk – Tommy’s Mom; Krzysztof Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy’s Grandfather;

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy can’t bear to part with his favourite checkered shirt that his grandfather gave him. Mum explains that even the most favourite shirt has to be washed. Tommy accompanies the shirt through the washing and even tries to speed up the drying. In the evening, he watches a western movie with a cowboy wearing a similar shirt, which inspires him to play. Tommy is convinced that when he grows out of this shirt, he will give it to his teddy bear, and ask his Grandfather to give him his…

TEETH | ZĘBY
Episode 12 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
[based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska]

Directed by Robert Turło
Story by Renata Piątkowska, Robert Turło, Jarosław Pudlis
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Bartosz Zarzycki, Robert Turło
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Janusz Matusik, Ewa Rodewald, Anna Sobkowiak, Elżbieta Kandziora
Background by Bartosz Zarzycki, Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Voices by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Krzysztof Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy’s Dad; Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska – Cat

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy hates brushing his teeth because either the toothpaste stings his tongue, or he’s still sleepy because it’s morning or already sleepy because it’s evening. Dad shows him how best to brush his teeth, but Tommy has a few counter-arguments of his own for each of Dad’s arguments. He claims that his teeth don’t lack anything and that the cat doesn’t brush its teeth and nobody picks on it because of this. Dad tells him about the consequences of not brushing his teeth, which allows Tommy to elaborate on the fate of bacteria…

SNAILS | ŚLIMAKI
Episode 13 from the „Stories from the Sandbox” series
[based on the novel by Renata Piątkowska]

Directed by Paweł Czarzasty
Story by Renata Piatkowska, Robert Turło
Dialogues by Renata Piątkowska
Artwork by Iwona Kalenik
Music composer and performed by Marek Kuczyński
Compositing by Bartosz Zarzycki
Edited by Anna Gałązkowska
Sound by Agata Chodyra – Studio Dźwiękownia
Layout by Janusz Gałązkowski
Animation by Elżbieta Kandziora, Anna Sobkowiak, Janusz Matusik, Ewa Rodewald, Bartosz Zarzycki
Background by Krzysztof Różański
Dubbing directed by Joanna Węgrzynowska-Cybińska
Vioces by Ignacy Plewako-Szczerbiński – Tommy; Antoni Kwiecień – Jake; Krzysztof Tymiński – Mark

Titles sequence by Robert Turło
Credits by Anna Gałązkowska

Lead directed by Robert Turło, Paweł Prewencki
Story edited by Katarzyna Komorowska
Production managing by Mariola Olejniczak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska

Tommy likes snails, especially the Roman snails in his backyard garden. That day, Tommy takes two of them into his room and makes a beautiful aquarium for them. In the kindergarten, it turns out that Mark and Jake also like snails, so the boys go to Tommy’s place with their snails to make friends. After they put the snails in the aquarium, they run to the garden to play on the trampoline…

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