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There are just so many fairy tale film adaptations happening nowadays that adding another one seems like crazy talk. But adding another one we are.

Dorothy of Oz, an animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz, is coming soon to a theater near you. True, an Oz-sequel has already been done, 1985’s Return to Oz. It was quirky, it had spunk…and it fell just a *little bit short* of being good. But! Dorothy of Oz looks promising.

Dorothy of Oz Concept Art 1

She also looks like Lea Michele

So what’s the story about, and why does it have potential? Read the rest of this entry »

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So, this was actually announced back in April, but it was announced so quietly that I missed it. That, and I was eyeballs-deep in a giant pile of thesis papers at the time. But you heard it here first (sort of): There will be another Wicked Years book, and it will be the last in the series.

The book apparently opens with Glinda under house arrest. Well that, at least, is good! I was wondering where Glinda was in “A Lion Among Men.” I hated that book. Maguire can do so much better. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, and I will definitely read the book whenever it comes out.

Son of a Witch Book Cover

Something Wicked This Way Comes. Let's hope it's wicked good.

Find out what I hope happens in the book, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Because I live under a rock (this rock is called Ho Chi Minh City and it is very far away from Hollywood), I had no idea that a film version of Little Red Riding Hood is in the works. It’s called “Red Riding Hood” and it stars Amanda Seyfried.

Blog Reader: Great! Can’t wait!
Dae: Fiend, stay your excitement! I have *most sobering news.*
Blog Reader: Oh no! Whatever could it be?
Dae: Catherine Hardwicke is the director.

Yep. Twilight‘s director. So it should come as no surprise that the Wolf in this movie has been re-imagined as… a werewolf.

Twilight Movie Poster with Annoying Werewolf

If he shows up in this movie, I swear I'll have a stroke

But wait! There’s more! Read the rest of this entry »

Apparently, the *billions* of dollars earned by Tim Burton’s re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland is triggering something of a Renaissance for fairy-tale adaptations in Hollywood. A 3D, Zombie Apocalypse kind of Renaissance.

First off, a 3D Cinderella could be in the works. Disney just bought a screenplay – written by the adapter of “The Devil Wears Prada” – for a Cinderella remake. I would get upset about this, except for the fact that nothing could possibly be worse than Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

Time-Travelling Cinderella: Yes, Disney went there.

But wait! There’s more! Hansel and Gretel is also getting a 3D update! And here I might actually die, because the movie is set to be born under the all-watchful eye of…Michael Bay. Ya’ll, I deeply dislike Michael Bay. The man is a rather evil sexist, and I tend not to like rather evil sexists. What can I say? I used to be Collective Coordinator for my college’s Women’s Center. Being a sexist just ain’t cool, peeps.

But that aside, I shudder to think what Hansel and Gretel will be like as a “3D action-packed FX experience.” ::shudder:: Things can be interesting without explosions! I just know that I’m going to have nightmares about this. Hansel and Gretel meets every obsession our culture has. Vampires! Zombies! 3D FX! Explosions! Gretel washing a sports car in a bikini! APOCALYPSE!!!

Hansel and Gretel in 3D

This is the face of the apocalypse.

Am I over-reacting? Yes, but it’s what I do, and I like to play to my strengths.

I’m obsessed with Rapunzel. Not just the Disney movie, but with the fairy tale in general. Now, this post is about Samson!Rapunzel, but it helps to also read my previous post about the fairy tale itself.

I’m obsessed with the leaked trailer that ran amok on YouTube back in February. The trailer isn’t done yet (so disregard the bad artwork), but the story seems, well…um…see it for yourself here. (Due to Disney policing YouTube, I unfortunately can’t embed any videos here. Let’s have a pretty picture instead!)

Rapunzel Concept Art

I Wish The Storyboard-Trailer Were This Pretty

I have several thoughts about the “trailer.” Actually the first is a point:

Point One We shouldn’t judge this “trailer” by its “art” or “music,” since neither are anywhere close to what the final version will be. This is all a mark up.

Thought One “Rinse Rescue Repeat” has to be the worst tag-line ever.

Thought Two Samson!Rapunzel’s hair looks like it’ll be the set up for many a cheap gag.

Thought Three Flynn looks *just like* Eric from The Little Mermaid. Seriously, Disney, how lazy can you get?

Thought Four I actually like Flynn.

Thought Five Certainly Samson!Rapunzel’s Shoulder-Lizard is very original. But whatever happened to the squirrel? Much though I detest the Disney cliche of Heroine + Woodland Creatures, I don’t know that a Shoulder-Lizard is the way to go here. Though it might do something to make Rapunzel something of an oddball, which I would welcome.

You hear it everywhere, don’t you? People describe things like “Twilight” as “dark fairy tales.” Romantic comedies are always “fairy tale romances.” Any book with love, magic, a fairy, a prince, even *a pony* must be called a fairy tale. I think it’s written somewhere in a Very Important Book. Does this make me shudder? Yes. What do I think we should do about it? Absolutely nothing.

I think that one of my pet peeves is when purists in any given field start whining about how the Great Unwashed Masses are “doing it wrong.” “They just don’t understand” seems to be the sentiment. Why can’t they realize that the fairy tale is a historical, literary form which sprang up from a combo of French Salons, “blue books,” German bourgeois culture, with a little folk culture mixed in? Now what’s so hard about that?

Here’s the thing: I think that the over-use of “fairy tale” should actually be studied as an interesting phenomenon rather than decried as something silly. People are using the words because they mean something, or because they think they should mean something. So what exactly is that “something,” anyway?

Let’s look at two of my favorite example of this phenomenon. I know you’ll like the first one: it’s that timeless Julia Roberts movie Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman

The Fairy Tale of Our Time

You remember that scene from Pretty Woman , right? That one where Richard Gere asks Julia Roberts what she wants from him, and she gives him that whole spiel about the prince and the white horse rescuing her from the tower. “I want the fairy tale,” she says. Usually, this is the point in the film when I have a stroke. Read the rest of this entry »

Warning! I am hereby titling this post The Attack of Samson!Rapunzel. Read on for more…

Finally, I get around to posting an update on Disney’s Rapunzel. As usual with Lit.Scribbles, this news is old news, but our analysis is all new! Haha…ha… right. Ahem. So, dear readers, have you heard that Disney is changing “Rapunzel” to “Tangled?”

Dear Readers: What? Gasp! No!
Dae: Yes!
Dear Readers: Whatever for?

Good question. See, “The Princess and the Frog” didn’t do as well at the box office as one might have hoped (if one were a Disney executive). Hence the title change. It’s supposed to appeal more to the young, strapping boys out there who don’t want to see yicky Princess-y films. Think it’ll work? Take a look at the teaser trailer…

Don’t tell anyone about my magic hair! It’s…got…powers! What does this sound like, folks?
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