Fabulous Fairytales

This mini review comes a week late,  so hopefully you have all gotten a chance to catch Disney's delightful new addition to their animated canon. I've been saying for years that if Disney just went back to doing fairy tales they would have success...and look how right I was. Frozen, much like its predecessors Tangled and The Princess & The Frog mark a return to form...and I couldn't be happier. Now it must be said that Frozen has about as much in common with the Hans Christian Anderson story that it's based on (The Snow Queen,) as a fish has in common with a bird. No matter. That doesn't take away from its adorableness. The characters are fun and the story is charming; everything is in its place for it to be a modern Disney classic. I'm not sure that I think it's quite as solid as Tangled, but it comes close enough. EMILY RATING: 8.5/10

With Frozen's apparent and hopefully continued success, my only hope is that Disney realizes a second renaissance is within grasp...if they once again focus on the fairy tales. Here's my pick for the eight best fairy tales they could tackle next (if you can think of two more to round out the top ten let me know in the comments.) And hey, if any of these happen to already be in production and I'm just unaware....well that'd be great.

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS - This was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up. After all, pre-school aged Emily dressed up as Goldie for Halloween with a big ol' blonde wig and a gingham dress. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I absolutely loved the Faerie Tale Theater version of this...which I admit, is where most of the inspiration for this list came from. But really, the Goldie in that is full of sass and hilarity. If done right it could be a really fun story because there's plenty to flesh out.

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA - Speaking of stories that need fleshing out...The Princess and the Pea would certainly be one of them. But if Disney was able to do it with The Frog Prince and Rapunzel I'm absolutely confident that they could come up with a great backstory for this one too.

RUMPLESTILTSKIN - This one would certainly be a challenge. It features slightly unlikable characters and some pretty dark undertones (having the first born's safety in danger is certainly risky...) But I'm sure there's a light and fun spin that maybe could be had here? Plus they can inject a nice moral lesson about keeping one's promises and being honest and blah blah blah. But maybe they won't be able to since Shrek already wasted him.

THE LIGHT PRINCESS - A couple of days ago I had this flash of memory...and recovered something I had COMPLETELY forgotten about. When I was little, I was OBSESSED with this random made for tv movie, making my mom constantly check out for me at the library. It was mostly live action, with weird animated characters popping in and out. It was about a princess who was so light she could float. The reason why? Because she never cried of course. Throw in a witch and a sassy evil sidekick cat and I was sold. It'd be fun to revisit this story again in a modern way!

THE PRINCESS WHO NEVER LAUGHED - Two princesses in a row that never experienced certain emotions! This one though was more to do with being brought up in a verrry strict kingdom and wasn't a result of some fluke she was born with. It's the female version of trying on shoes of every girl in the kingdom...but this time the first man to make her laugh wins. A much better contest!

THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES - This was absolutely one of my favorites growing up. Something was just so magical about the princesses being able to travel to a secret world every night that no one knew about... This one really could have a lot of potential. There's plenty of characters to play with, and lots of fun to be had.

Can you think of any more to add??


Sarah said...

There is lots of potential with Little Red Riding Hood. I always liked The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers. A lot of comic potential with that one. Hansel and Gretel. They could probably do Jack and the Beanstalk the right way (where others have failed). Perhaps Tom Thumb or Thumbelina (though that would be stepping on Don Bluth's toes). I'll have to keep thinking...

Emily said...

Yeah. I thought of Red Riding Hood....but they might have to wait a bit since Hoodwinked got there first. Agreed about the rest. My other thoughts were Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling. I don't know if they'd have the guts to do Thumbelina since someone else did an animated version in the 90's. The Ugly Duckling already had a Disney cartoon version.

Laurie & Clint said...

I totally forgot about the light princess! Remember how you made mom check out Drs and nurses too? Barbie had a 12 dancing princesses movie maybe that would hinder Disney?

Laurie & Clint said...

I forgot about the light princess! Remember how you made mom check out Dr's and nurses? Ha ha! You were a funny kI'd. Also no one likes the boy who left home to find out about the shivers. Worst fairy tale theater ever

Emily said...

That Barbie Princesses movie sucked. They could do much better. And yes, I liked my little younger self. I was funny.

Joey said...

I loved the Dancing Princesses. When I was little, I checked out The Blue Fairy Tale Book, The Red Fairy Tale Book, and The Green Fairy Tale book. They had tons and tons of stories. There was this one where the princess had three dresses, one like the sun, one like the moon, and one like the stars. Very interesting!

Here's to more Fairy Tales for the girlies!