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I was really drawn to this article because the first sentence talks about how Little Red Ridding Hood was actually murdered in the woods. The original story was dark with just enough fantasy to make it a fairy tale. It talks about a film that was made about fairy tales about two men who took old German tales and put them together to create The Brothers Grimm. It discusses the beauty, horror, wonders, violence, and magic that all come together to create these unique stories. It talks about how they have evolved and migrated from the original version to the ones we know today.
This article covers the strangeness of interspecies relationships and a dark and weird transformative power of empathy. It discusses really how strange the central concept of "Beauty and the Beast" is that a women falls in love with an animal. The original version from 1740 had the beast portrayed as a elephant-fish hybrid. In other countries, there are stories similar to "Beauty and the Beast" that include frog kings, bird princesses, dog brides, and muskrat husbands.
This article discusses how the well-known Disney Fairy Tales have different endings and plot than the original fairy tales written by Brothers Grimm. It gives examples of how there is premarital sex in the story "Rapunzel" and "The Frog King". Theres graphic violence and child abuse in almost all of the stories. Fairy tales like "The Jew in the Brambles” cover subjects like Anti-semitism, as well as "The Good Bargain". There are example of incest in “All-Kinds-of-Fur” and “The Girl Without Hands”, which is not a kid friendly topic at all. Lastly, the most known darkness in fairy tales, wicked mothers, examples can be found in "Cinderella" and "Hansel and Gretel".
It starts with setting a dark scene revolving around Tim Burton, the director of "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," "Beetlejuice" and "Batman". Burton confesses he's not really good at talking, his words come out as knots and he can't form sentences that well. He says that making movies is a private thing for him and he wish he never had to share them after he made them. He took inspiration from movies he watched as kids that did a lit for him and was a strong place for him.
Tim Adam's latest film, Frankenweenie, is about a boy who brings his dead dog back to life and he discusses how his childhood contributed to his stories. This article discuss more of how he directs and where he gets his inspiration from. He mentions Shakespeare and also the old Snow White. Also, the fact that he had a rough childhood growing up, from moving households, to not always having his parents there for him
-Snow White and the Huntsman is another fairy tale version from Mirror Mirror and Red Riding Hood and there are dozens that came before that.
-The article mentions the most commonly known fairy tales from Grimm's; Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White.
-The Grimm's stories have often-disturibing content, but despite the fact, their primary reason for the fairy tales were to make them more tame.
-The Grimm brothers are credited with the beginning of the fairy-tale to the public, but Walt Disney is credited for carrying it into the 20th Century.
-No matter how many new versions of the fairy tales were created, they were never completely separated from their dark origins.
This is an interview with Jack Zipes, the author of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of The Brothers. He translated the first edition of the fairy tales into English. He finds some of them to be extremely dark, hollowing, and erotic and deal with incest, which is not what we consider fairy tales to be. He believes they are hardly appropriate for children, but at the same time, they weren't meant to be; they were written to reveal truths.
The modern version of story the of Little Red Riding Hood portrays her as an innocent little girl who gets stalked by a wolf. It is very different in the original story and this article compares the difference between these two stories, as well as others. In one of the old version, she flirts with the wolf and the wolf seduces her, but the story was a warning against male seducers. The first English version ends with both the grandmother and Little Red Riding Hood are both devoured by the wolf. Another version tells that the wolf didn't eat her, but he kept her a slave and controlled everything she did with a string like a puppet.
This article talks about the story of Cinderella from the live-action 2015 movie directed by Kenneth Branagh. He finds a happy medium between the original dark story to the overdid Disney version. It is described as, "A meek servant girl, lowly and abused until supernatural forces give her nice clothes and a luxe ride, goes to a dance, where a prince is bewitched by her beauty." It shows the struggle Cinderella had to go through to achieve her happiness, not that it is just given to her like in the modern version. It's a strange role for a fairy tale protagonist and a Disney princess because the role of this version of the story required a very mature actress.
Philip Pullman is the author of "Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm" which refines the fairy tales into their original form. He wanted to write a book that could make the stories "clear as water" for people to understand better. He stripped away the psychological and sophisticated clutter of the modern stored to return to the simple traditional story. He explores the strangulation, drowning, blinding, amputation, cannibalism, and sweet, bloody revenge that he finds within the tales. Even though theses stories are gruesome, he still finds beauty in how the writers deliver the story.