Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's the Final Countdown...

After reviewing my posts, I feel like I have grown a lot this semester. I gained new analyzing abilities, learned about themes and motifs in fairy tales, and began to utilize these skills to compare movie adaptations and the original tales. I learned about the start of fairy tales and a lot about German history. I learned new tales to tell my children and I got to see new movies that I enjoyed. One of my favorite parts of the semester was when we got to explore our creative selves and do graffiti on the fairy tales. It really helped me understand and picture different aspects of the tales. I also liked the research paper we were assigned - I wrote mine on Horror Films and Fairy Tales. It was very interesting to see the similarities between horror films that I knew and tales I loved. I loved this class and am very sad to have it end.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rapunzel Cartoon Spoof

I found this cartoon very humorous. When I was reading the Grimm's version of "Rapunzel" I actually wondered to myself what type of condition Rapunzel's hair would be in. If she had people climbing on it and yanking it wouldn't it get really damaged? I feel like it would be the same as if someone constantly straighten their hair all the time. Also, in today's society girls are more concerned with their looks over anything else. It's funny that this Rapunzel won't see her prince because she doesn't want split ends.
I think this cartoon is most like the Disney version rather than the original version. In the Disney version the princess isn't saved by a Prince and her savior actually just climbs up the tower himself. That would correspond to this comic because no one climbs up Rapunzel's hair.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Tale of Three Bluebeards

The three tales, “Bluebeard”, “Fitcher’s Bird”, and “The Robber Bridegroom” are similar yet contain many differences. All centralize around the idea of a young girl going with an older man and finding dead people.  At the end of each tale the men die.  In the tale “Bluebeard”, the man has a blue beard, the young girl and blue beard actually get married, and there are numerous Christian motifs. In “Fitcher’s Bird”, a sorcerer comes to the home of three young girls and enchants each one one at a time and brings them home with him in a basket he carries on his back. He kills the first two because they were curious and they dropped their egg in blood. The third tricks him and disguises herself using honey and feathers. In “The Robber Bridegroom”, a robber tricks a girl into thinking he is rich, and when she comes to his house she realizes he’s evil and hides behind a barrel. The robbers bring in a girl, kill her, and chop one of her fingers off to get her ring. The ring lands on the girl’s lap but she eventually escapes with the old lady that helped her. In both “Bluebeard” and “Fitcher’s Bird” the girls are told not to go into a specific room yet they do and they drop an object (a key or an egg) and the object is covered in blood that the girl can’t wash off.
My favorite version of this tale is “Bluebeard”. “Bluebeard” is actually my favorite tale of all time even though it gave me nightmares when I was younger. I enjoyed reading the other tales like it, but “Blue Beard” holds a special place in my heart. I love the idea of the key never being able to be cleaned, and how the young girl’s brothers come and save her. As a child I was most afraid of Blue Beard because, unlike the young girl, I had no older brothers to come save me. If I had married Blue Beard I would’ve been screwed because I am very curious and I have no one to save me. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Little Red Riding Hood

For this assignment we were asked to find a cartoon on Little Red Riding Hood online and as I was scrolling through google this one caught my eye. I thought it was very clever. During this age, we are all about computers and typos are a huge issue. By keeping the classic structure "My what big ______ you have" just makes it more humerous. This cartoon is a social cartoon. This cartoon is clearly not "updated" however. Who uses deskstops anymore and why is the laptop rounded? I like how the artist kept the wolf dressed as the grandmother however. It's nice to see that people still consider old tales like "Little Red Riding Hood" in their comedies these days.

Cartoon courtesy of Mark Parisi,r:17,s:0

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cupid, Psyche, and the Frog King

The tale of “Cupid and Psyche” and the Brothers Grimm’s “The Frog King” are similar and different. “The Frog King” follows the story of a beautiful princess that is playing by a well one day and loses her favorite golden ball. A frog approaches her and tells her that he will fetch her ball if she allows him to eat with her, sleep in her bed with her, and be her companion. The princess agrees, but hastily forgets the frog as she runs home with her ball. The frog knocks on the princess’s door during dinner that night and the king orders the princess to keep her word. The princess obeys all throughout dinner, but when it comes time for the frog and the princess to go to sleep, the princess throws the frog up against the wall in disgust. Then the frog turns into a handsome prince and the two get married and live happily ever after.
The tale of “Cupid and Psyche” is similar in that both the princess and Psyche were the youngest daughters of the King and were extremely beautiful. Another similarity is that both Psyche and the Princess have to complete three trials. For the princess, she lets the frog sit next to her, eat from her plate, and she takes him to her room. Psyche has to sort grain, gather fleece, and obtain beauty. Another similarity is that both of their husbands are in disguise. In “The Frog King”, the prince is disguised as a frog and only the princess can break the spell. In “Cupid and Psyche”, Cupid doesn’t allow Psyche to see him and is thus in disguise.
The tales have many differences however. In “Cupid and Psyche”, Psyche has to complete her three trials because she disobeyed Cupid and took a candle and looked at him. She has to win him back by completing three trials for his mother Venus. The princess obeys her father and has to complete her trials because she promised the frog she would. Another difference is that Cupid poked Psyche and himself (accidentally) with one of his arrows, which ties them together for eternity. In “The Frog King”, a witch had cast a spell on the frog and only the princess could get him out of the well – this is the factor that binds them.
Both stories contain elements of the husband searching for his wife, and the wife waiting for her husband. The theme of Beauty and the Beast is also evident in both, even though is is more of an underlying theme in “Cupid and Psyche”. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Road so Far...

Coming into this class I wanted to learn more about The Brother's Grimm, more about their tales, and I wanted to further explore Disney's movies. So Far I believe I am doing a great job accomplishing those goals. Comparing  Disney's version, the original tale, and Rammestein's version of Snow White was incredible! I got to research the particular theme or motif that interested me, in my case the poisoned apple, and write a scholarly paper about it. I also learned how to find symbols and themes in tales and movies, so now when I watch movies I can pick up on them and it makes my viewing experience much more pleasurable. I absolutely love when we get to "graffiti" about the tales. it really helps to better understand the symbols and themes by drawing them and discussing them. I think the most challenging part of this class will be the midterm - I looked over the study guide and it  looks like I have a lot of studying ahead of me. I'm not a very good test taker to begin with, so this will be extra challenging for me. I am looking forward to our next tale, The Brave Little Tailor, and I am even more excited to start Little Red Riding Hood!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Disney vs The Brother's Grimm: The Battle Continues

The original Brother’s Grimm tale of “Snow White” differs greatly from Disney’s version in many ways. The original version was much more graphic and lacked the romantic side that Disney had. For example, the evil Queen asks the Huntsman to bring back Snow White’s lungs and liver when he kills her so she can eat them. In Disney’s version she just asks the Huntsman to kill Snow White. Another difference is the ending when Snow White is revived from her death-like slumber. In the original version the prince sees her for the first time asleep and carries her coffin away. On the way to his castle one of his men carrying the coffin trip and the bit of poison apple in Snow White’s throat is dislodged and Snow White awakens. It is much more romantic in Disney’s version. In his the prince comes back and finds Snow White asleep. He awakens her with true love’s first kiss.
Even though the versions differed, they still had many aspects in common. In both versions the evil Queen relied on her magic mirror to tell her who was the fairest of them all. Also, in both versions it is the poisoned apple that the Queen gives Snow White that is her downfall. The dwarfs then place her in a golden coffin and stay by her side.
There are two main reasons that Disney made the changes he did. One was that his movie would be directed at children so he took out the really graphic parts. He changed the Queen’s death that was implied instead of actually viewing her dying. Another reason he changed it was because of the time period in which his movie was produced. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” came out during the Great Depression, a time when people needed hope not more sadness in their lives. That is why Disney added the romantic and hopeful ending. It was exactly what the people of the Great Depression needed.