Cinderella’s Stepsisters: Ugly or Mislabeled?

I've been thinking about characters and their appearances in preparation for the "Characters in Costume" blogfest for the end of October, and I've also been reading some of the classic Disney stories to my two sons. As a result, I've been thinking about the way Cinderella's stepsisters come across in the books and film. Anastasia … Continue reading Cinderella’s Stepsisters: Ugly or Mislabeled?

Sources of Wisdom in Fairy Tales

Fairy tales have traditionally featured beings (fairy or otherwise) who were characterized by their wisdom and knowledge: old men with long white beards, old women, talking plants and animals, or the fairies themselves. The main character would encounter a being like this, and his future would be entirely determined on how he responded to the … Continue reading Sources of Wisdom in Fairy Tales

Fairy Tale Reincarnations

Lately, an ever-darkening series of fairy tale reincarnations have flit their way across the silver screen, from “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” to “Snow White and the Huntsman and Disney's "Maleficent.” Of course, there have been recent, lighter fairy tales, most notably Disney’s “Frozen,” but the trend is for darker versions, which has disappointed some … Continue reading Fairy Tale Reincarnations