Sunday, 23 August 2009
In this series of adverts for Hansel biscuit/cookie sandwiches, the message seems to be that the product is tasty enough to tempt these familiar fairytale characters away from the established narratives and help them avoid their traditional trials (the exception being the Sleeping Beauty commercial, where the product instead enables the expected ending; true love is overrated compared to chocolate snacks, it seems).
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
I can't seem to track down much information on this one, but I just wanted to present this short animated version of Little Red Riding Hood, apparently originating from Japan. In this adaptation, the wolf is a distinctly comedic figure and comes to a rather unusual ending.
Although much more famous for his work on monster and fantasy movies, Ray Harryhausen also produced a series of shorts based upon fairytales during the 1940s and '50s. These films included stop-motion animation versions of Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and of course, the above Little Red Riding Hood.
I have to admit to finding Harryhausen's version of LRRH a little odd, though. The narration seems to add little that isn't communicated by the animation itself and the whole story is strangely bowdlerised, with no-one getting harmed, eaten or killed (which raises the question of why the wolf doesn't just come back and get Red Riding Hood the next day, I think).
This video comes courtesy of Cometin-Jetson who has also posted the other Harryhausen works mentioned above.
One of my favourite LRRH-themed TV shows is the Japanese children's animated series Akazukin Chacha (Red hood chacha) which tells the story of a young trainee witch and her misadventures.
This particular iteration of the opening credits sequence (of which there are several) makes a great deal out of the potential for romance between Chacha and her friend Liiya (alternately spelled as Riiya), a werewolf character no doubt inspired by the Big Bad Wolf (despite his cute and cuddly appearance here). The third side of this love triangle comes in the form of Shiine, a boy also training to become a witch.
Somewhat weirdly, Akazukin Chacha is a magical girl anime and features Chacha transforming, Sailor Moon-style, into an adult superhero who fights monsters. This seems to jar somewhat with the big-eyed cuteness of the rest of the show and is a feature that was ultimately cut from the series.
At first I couldn't work out the connection between Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and the fairytale image presented above, other than the simple fact that this particular production takes place in a forest, which is a rather dubious link. Then I remembered that The Winter's Tale is the source of Shakespeare's most famously odd stage direction: "Exit, pursued by a bear," which I suppose explains the LRRH-meets-Goldilocks poster to some degree.
A larger picture, from a photograph taken by yours truly, is presented below.
This production of The Winter's Tale is by the Red Rose Chain Film & Theatre Company.
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
It's somewhat hard to track down, but if you can, I recommend finding a copy of David Kaplan's 1997 short film version of Little Red Riding Hood featuring Christina Ricci and dancer Timour Bourtasenkov. This adaptation has a wide range of influences including classical ballet, German Expressionist film and the sensual cult classic The Company of Wolves. The whole thing is based upon this version of the classic tale and even features Quentin 'Naked Civil Servant' Crisp as narrator.
It's certainly not for everyone, though, and frankly does feature one of the worst cat puppets I've ever seen. Still, I'd recommend checking it out, and am now eager to see some of Kaplan's other fairy tale shorts.
This fan-made video by Loor101 features a whole host of images and video clips that present Sonic the Hedgehog (in werewolf form) and his occasional love interest Amy Rose as the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. (There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast in there too). I must say that this is some pretty niche 'shipping.
Sister Unity of the inimitable Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence presents this take on Little Red Riding Hood that just tickles me in so many ways:
P.S. Be sure to check out the so-called "credits" for this video on its Youtube page.
SpectralFairy is apparently working on a novel entitled Lacrime Nere. In the midst of writing it, though, they've also taken the time to illustrate some of the characters from the novel using archetypes from fairytale fiction such as Bluebeard, Peter Pan, or indeed Little Red Riding Hood/The Company of Wolves as in the above picture (entitled "I never knew a wolf could cry" after a quotation from said film). These images are all done in a simply gorgeous gothic lineart style using only black & white and shades of red, which all works incredibly well to summon a certain sinister but also sensual mood.
SpectralFairy has also done a Snow White piece which is technically unrelated but still shares many of the elements of the above works.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Little Red Riding Hood: A Post Apocalyptic Adventure is a fab spot-the-difference game from differencegames.com, featuring a new setting for the familiar tale and some neat manga-style artwork from Griffinfly.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
The fairytale connection here is rather dubious, although Carrol's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of the featured texts, but I just simply had to link to Gregory Weir's Silent Conversation: a gaming/reading experience that, as the people at Jayisgames point out, neatly plays with the idea of a piece of writing as something where "the author provides the words as your footing, and you respond by touching each of them." Silent Conversation is essentially a classic platform game, where the story naturally progresses as you pass from left to right, except here the levels are literally (as it were) made up of the words of the story that you are experiencing. In the H. P. Lovecraft tale the words "the moon" hang in the middle of the sky of twilight-coloured letters and in Alice the rabbit hole the heroine crawls through is two narrowing lines of text that ultimately come to a tumbling hole of long, thin paragraphs. The words are both the literal text of the story and also the virtual building blocks of the story environment: a kind of concrete poetry mixed with experimental gaming.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
This mash-up/parody by BlackoutDOTcom nicely plays upon some of the common imagery between many fairytales and modern horror films, in particular the common trope of being lost in the woods.
[Warning: strong language]
Tomas Nilsson's version of Little Red Riding Hood is distinctly reminiscent of H5's music video for Röyksopp's "Remind Me", with a neat infographics aesthetic. (Video discovered via Suvudu)
Friday, 7 August 2009
Fairytale Fights is an odd-looking upcoming video game for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 that features a bizarre mix of cartoony visuals and heapings of bloody violence. I'm not quite what sure to make of this one, although my initial reaction is skepticism, I'll be honest.
Felix Eddy (aka Felixxkatt) is the artist behind some frankly wonderful fairytale-esque works, including the wonderful picture above which incorporates elements of "a winter goddess, a white witch, a snow queen and a version of snow white and a little bit of the Swan Princess."
Eddy also has a Little Red Riding Hood piece too.
Jeffrey Thomas (aka Jeftoon01) has a whole series of images based upon "twisted" variants of the classic Disney Princesses, from Aurora and Ariel to Mulan and Nala (of The Lion King). My personal favourites are his Cinderella and Snow White (which appears to co-star a cast of Critters).
Ophelias Overdose is a goth/fetish model who appears in a number of great fairytale-themed photographs, including ones of Sleeping Beauty, the Frog Prince, Alice and of course, Red Riding Hood (who appears to have developed something of a drinking problem, possibly inspired by real world paranoia about the tale).
There's quite a bit of fairytale-themed photography that incorporates elements of fetish and glamour, but still, Krawuzi's set of Little Red Riding Hood images really are quite well composed.
Kawuzi also has a fab set of photos based on Disney's Ariel, the Little Mermaid. If you're headed over to her site, I'd recommend checking out those too.
MoonYen's deviantart page features dozens and dozens of fabulous little knitted bunny characters, including Bunny Darth Maul, Bunny Watchmen and Bunny Freddy Kreuger. There are also fairytale-themed bunnies including Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast and of course, the above Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.
Thursday, 6 August 2009
This cartoon by vertiklychalingd raises a good point. I recently got around to seeing Disney's Enchanted and yet, it never once occured to me whilst watching it that, despite being referred to as such multiple times even within the text of the film itself, "Princess" Giselle is at no point technically a princess at all. It is Nancy (played by the wonderful Idina Menzel from Wicked) who ends up marrying the film's prince. Ultimately, it all comes down to the fact that the notion of "princessness" has transcended any actual reality attached to the term. Instead, "princess", and in particular the "Disney princess" brand, has become a sort of hyper-real notion that describes a set of behaviours, attitudes and appearances, regardless of whether one is actually a legitimate princess or not.