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Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Posted on December 31, 2012 by Raksha There have been 1 comment(s)

We know the tales, we know the stories but we don’t know the Grimm brothers.

Jacob and Wilhelm gave us the stories we grew up listening to. They created the Children's and Household Tales commonly known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It consists of a collection of German folk tales. The Grimm brothers loved stories based on Germany and German culture. Their final edition of the book contained over 200 stories.

They gave us the power to imagine. Characters like Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses gave us a sense on what is royalty. The characters did magic and animals could talk, opening our minds to the impossible. With every tale teaching us a moral value, the brothers have set a moral ground, a sense of right and wrong, a sense of good and evil in the minds of everyone who has heard these tales as a child.

We’ve loved their tales so much that people have movies based on these tales. Here are a
few of the famous tales every child would have heard or read which have also been adapted into movies and toys:

Snow White: The story of the most beautiful girl in the world – Snow White is an all time classic. The animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Walt Disney in 1937 was the first of its kind to ever be made in full color and it was the first production by Walt Disney Productions. The film was a huge success for Disney and was the first to make it to the list of the Walt Disney Animated Classic series. From then till date in the year of 2012 we have new movies being released on this classic tale namely – Mirror Mirror (2012) and Snow White and the Huntsmen (2012)

Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937 film) poster

Cinderella: This film was released  as an animated feature by Walt Disney in 1950. It was said to be the biggest hit for Disney after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Movies about Cinderella didn’t stop there. There were a few other films made, animated and non-animated, based on this story, notably Ever After (1998) featuring Drew Barrymore.

Walt Disney's Cinderella (1950 film) poster

Rapunzel: The girl with really long hair who every little girl envied. This most popular movie is yet again by Disney. Tangled (2010) the animated feature film is a fairly recent adaptation of the classic tale. Other than the much appreciated animation work, the film had some great original music and soundtracks.

Red Riding Hood: The story of a little girl and her encounter with a cunning wolf in the woods. The first ever film attempted was as early as 1960 and went on to be a trilogy of Mexican films. The first was called La Caperucita roja and the whole series was dubbed in English later. However, after this, a few movies had chosen a darker approach and used the plot to make horror and thriller films. For example the Red Riding Hood (2011) was described as dark fantasy and a thriller movie.

A coincidence being that all these famous tales have girls as the lead role in the plot!

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  • This brings back fond memories. It's quite telling that girls (or Princesses) were often the central character in these stories. There must be a period context to why this was so. If you look at a host of other cultures, (e.g. Hindu, Chinese) - the presence of the female gender is not as overbearing.
    But most importantly, these are and will always be - awesome stories!

    Posted on December 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm