A major part of the project was the educational aspect of the series, especially the notion of introducing children to Shakespeare for the first time. The series was made available to schools along with a printed copy of the script for each episode, complete with illustrations based on, but not verbatim copies of the Russian animation. The printed scripts were slightly longer than Garfield's final filmed versions, but remained heavily truncated.  Each text also came with a study guide for teachers.  The Animated Tales have gone on to become "one of the most widely used didactic tools in British primary and secondary schools."