Thing the first: Gypsy Thornton over at Once Upon a Blog: Fairy Tale News just published a long, juicy interview with Yours Truly!
FTNH: Why did you start the Fairy Tale Factory? What prompted the idea?
AMY: …I…hope, in my more optimistic moments, that this class will give people some new tools to cope with hard times. I hope to inspire people, to encourage them to trust their own voices, and to help them connect with beauty in the world and in themselves. I especially want to help people find beauty in the parts of themselves that seem dark and scary. Like that Rilke quote about all our dragons really being princesses just waiting for us to be brave.
Thing the second:
Fairy tale fan Lisa Cote sent me a link to the animated version of Oscar Wilde’s story, “The Happy Prince.” Beautiful stuff. Thanks, Lisa!
Perrrault’s “Donkey Skin” is a great fairy tale, full of unwholesome passions, magic, trickery, and wonder. So of course fellow Frenchman Jacques Demy turned it into a film starring Catherine Deneuve in 1970.
Courtesy of We Love You So.
If that clip made you thirsty for more, you can read the whole thing over at SurLaLune:
THERE was once upon a time a king who was so much beloved by his subjects that he thought himself the happiest monarch in the whole world, and he had everything his heart could desire. His palace was filled with the rarest of curiosities, and his gardens with the sweetest flowers, while in the marble stalls of his stables stood a row of milk-white Arabs, with big brown eyes.
Strangers who had heard of the marvels which the king had collected, and made long journeys to see them, were, however, surprised to find the most splendid stall of all occupied by a donkey, with particularly large and drooping ears. It was a very fine donkey; but still, as far as they could tell, nothing so very remarkable as to account for the care with which it was lodged; and they went away wondering, for they could not know that every night, when it was asleep, bushels of gold pieces tumbled out of its ears, which were picked up each morning by the attendants.
I generally try not to succumb to the wild, desperate advances of all the fairy tale kitsch that’s lurking out there in the forest, but I just can’t resist this one. It was the phrase, “Uh oh, somehow that wicked queen OD’d Snow White!” that got me:
My friend Arlene just told me about The Path – a beautiful, creepy game based on Little Red Riding Hood. The animation is gorgeous, the metaphors divine. Meet the Wolf in many incarnations, learn what happens when you stray into the woods.
because i am fascinated by the use of fairy tales in advertising. the images we use to market products to one another reveal what we find essential in those tales.
I owe it all to Super Punch.
Check out this kitsch-tastic trailer for the Barbara Eden/Buddy Hackett star vehicle, the Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm!
Snow White picks up an endorsement from Volvo. Text reads, “With seven seats. Sorry.”