Tag Archives: Disney

The Little Mermaid and exclusion

OGOM and the appeal of the mermaid Mermaids (and other fabulous marine creatures such as sirens and selkies) have long been favourite topics with us at OGOM. Three’s something appealing about their ambiguous positioning between human and animal, aquatic and … Continue reading

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Fairies weren’t always cute – they used to drink human blood and kidnap children

Sam George, University of Hertfordshire When most people think about fairies, they perhaps picture the sparkling Tinker Bell from Peter Pan or the other heartwarming and cute fairies and fairy godmothers that populate many Disney movies and children’s cartoons. But … Continue reading

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Review: Beauty and the Beast, dir. by Bill Condon (Disney, 2017)

Sam and I have been posting on the theme of ‘Beauty and the Beast recently here and here (I am doing research on the tale and will be presenting a paper at the Damsels in Redress conference next month). I … Continue reading

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The Gothic influence of Snow White’s Evil Queen

The website Tor.com has published a very interesting article, ‘Ayesha, White as Snow: H. Rider Haggard’s She and Walt Disney’s Evil Queen’. As the title suggests, the author of the piece, Gilbert Colon, looks at the similarities between Haggard’s eponymous protagonist and … Continue reading

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Disney’s Walpurgisnacht

Witches and magical transformations are themes that OGOM will be pursuing over the next year or so. Disney’s wonderful adaptation of Walpurgisnacht in Fantasia (1941) makes full use of the potential of cinematic technology to depict the transformative powers of … Continue reading

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Fairy Tale Adaptation by Disney

An interesting little snippet here about Disney’s recent spate of fairy tale adaptations–the Grimms’ ‘Rose Red and Snow White being the latest, but with an intertextual twist that aligns it with the better-known ‘Snow White’. The writer also describes some … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman on the meaning of fairy tales

Continuing the themes of fairy tales and Angela Carter, here’s an excellent interview with Neil Gaiman by Gaby Wood where they discuss his own intertextual adaptations of classic fairy tales (particularly his brilliant ‘Sleeping Beauty’/’Snow White’ mash-up, The Sleeper and the … Continue reading

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Film and Fairy Tale

The reinvention of fairy tale through literary and cinematic adaptation is a whole area of debate in itself. These three pieces look at different aspects of film versions of fairy tales: first, ‘The 25 Best Live-Action Fairy Tale Movies Ever, … Continue reading

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What Disney princesses would look like if they were zombies

I do like Disney, but it’s always fun to see its wholesomeness subverted. Here, classic Disney princesses have succumbed to the zombie state, their perfection decaying and their cuteness become horror. This is pure silliness, really, yet can raise interesting … Continue reading

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Marina Warner, ‘How fairytales grew up’

More from the always-insightful Marina Warner on the fairy tale and its transformations and adaptations. Here, the essay revolves around Disney’s Frozen to encompass the many variations, dilutions, and intensifications of the original folk motifs through the ages.

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