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