The Villain Redeemed? Fairytale Origin Stories

The villains of fairytales have been being re-examined a lot as of late.    We get films from Disney like Maleficent and Cruella that give us a back story of the villains of their classic films.   I personally love to see the story from the perspective of the villain.   Many have complained that…

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Peter Pan

For today’s post I would like to discuss the character of Peter Pan.    He is the titular character in J.M. Barrie’s play, and has become one of the most recognizable modern fairytale characters!   Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell, and the Lost Boys are all remembered fondly.     They have also inspired many further works…

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Enchanted

The Disney film Enchanted is an homage to all the great classic Disney animated features.   They even included cameos with some of the classic voice actors from those films.   For instance Robert’s assistant is played by Jodi Benson, the woman who voiced Ariel in The Little Mermaid!   The narrator is the incomparable…

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Barefoot Princesses

One of my favorite things in Sleeping Beauty is a very small detail.    I love that when Aurora (or at this point Briar Rose) is dancing and singing in the woods, and meets Phillip, she is barefoot!    I personally love being barefoot, both indoors and outdoors.   I even went barefoot for the…

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My Top Five Best Disney Villains

For today’s post I want to count down my top five favorite Disney villains.    I will only list villains in Disney films based on fairytales here, in order to keep it organized! Number 5: Lady Tremaine from Cinderella ~My number five pick is, in fact, the evil stepmother of all evil stepmothers!    I…

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Sleeping Curses in Fairytales

Sleeping curses are a popular topic in fairytales.    Obviously the important examples are my favorite fairytale Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.   Both of these tales have an evil female character cursing a young beautiful woman. The sleeping curse in Snow White was enacted by Snow taking a bite of a poisoned apple.  …

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Fairer-Than-A-Fairy: Wicked Faeries in Fairytales

Fairer-than-a-Fairy is a story found in Andrew Lang’s Yellow Fairy Book.    It is one example of wicked faeries in the fairytales.  The wicked fairy in Fairer-than-a-Fairy takes a young princess away from her father in anger over the fact that she was named Fairer-than-a-Fairy.   Her name was viewed as insulting to the faeries!…

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Into the Woods

The musical Into the Woods was made into a Disney movie musical in 2014.     The beauty of this musical is that it is a mashup of several beloved fairytales!    There is the Jack and the Beanstalk storyline, the Little Red Riding Hood storyline, the Cinderella storyline, and the Rapunzel storyline!   We…

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The Perrault and Grimm’s Tellings of Cinderella

The Grimm Brothers version of Cinderella is much different from the Charles Perrault one that was made most famous as the basis of the Disney classic!    Of course it is true that both versions offer the same basic story.    An orphaned girl is left in the care of her wicked step-mother upon her…

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The Sleeping Beauty Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.   It is based on the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty.   It is one of three ballets composed by Tchaikovsky.    It is my personal favorite Tchaikovsky ballet, and actually my favorite ballet of all time!   I am, in fact, walking down the aisle…

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