Hansel and Gretel
is a 34 minute television special directed by Tim Burton for The Disney Channel in 1982. Brimming with practical effects and long thought to be lost
, the film has recently resurfaced via a recording made from its single broadcast at 10:30 p.m. on October 31, 1983. [more inside]
posted by item
on Jun 17, 2014 -
The Moon is Rolling in Her Grave
is a video adaptation of the first chapter of the ongoing (since 2003) comic series "No Rest For The Wicked
" by Andrea L. Peterson, a fantasy / adventure / horror tale that takes traditional fairytales and turns them on their heads
: "Ms. Peterson uses, in conjunction with several more popular fables, folktales that you may have never even heard of. The entire plot actually centers around a little known Grimm fairytale called 'The Buried Moon', while also making reference to 'Red Riding Hood', 'Hansel & Gretel', 'The Girl Without Hands', 'The Boy Who Went Forth and Learned What Fear Was', and many MANY others." [more inside]
posted by taz
on Jul 7, 2013 -
Seven For A Secret
- an anonymous fanfic author creates seven unhappy ( or at least, unconventional ) endings for Disney Princesses by placing them in proper historical, mythological, or thematic context.
posted by The Whelk
on Dec 27, 2012 -
"The Turnip Princess"
is one of 500 German fairy-tales recently unearthed
in an archive. They were collected by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth
about 150 years ago, around the same time as the Grimm brothers were collecting fairytales. Some are variations of well known stories such as Cinderella, others are completely new like a Turnip Princess, or the story of a maiden who turns herself into a pond to escape a witch, who then attempts to drink the lake. A translator is working on an English edition.
posted by stbalbach
on Mar 7, 2012 -
"Wow, a talking fish!"
is a cheerfully deranged bit of animation based on an Armenian fairy-tale, starring a poor old fisherman, a talking fish, and probably the most psychedelic wizard ever committed to film.
posted by wanderingmind
on Feb 6, 2010 -
You won't find Donkeyskin
in many modern fairy-tale anthologies, perhaps because it concerns a girl so beautiful that her own father wanted to marry her. But don't worry, she dresses up as a donkey and escapes! Made famous by Charles Perrault, the story has many variants
--Catskin, Allerleirauh, Thousandfurs, The She-Bear, All Kinds of Fur--and has been subject to many interpretations
. The tale was illustrated by several of the great gift-book illustrators, including Arthur Rackham
, Kay Nielsen
, Gustave Doré
, and the less well-known R. de la Neziere
. (More R. de la Neziere here
.) Oh, and here's a sexy one
. [more inside]
posted by Powerful Religious Baby
on Jun 15, 2008 -
"A wicked noblewoman presides over a decadent court of masked revelers. The most beautiful of waxen automatons is brought to life by a sorceress, her very heart hiding a deadly secret. And then love triumphs, if but for a single moment, before a sudden and terrifying finale. This is the bizarre world of The Princess of Wax".
Limned by descriptors such as "sinister", "ravishing" and "decadent", illustrated by a noted French surrealist painter
, and inspired by a real-life fantastical figure
, "The Princess of Wax - a Cruel Tale" (web site here
), promises to be a satisfyingly twisted modern addition to the cherished fairy tale genre. More >>>
posted by taz
on Sep 15, 2003 -