Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jack Zipes Weighs In On "Snow White and the Huntsman:

 What would the Brothers Grimm think of the current box office hit Snow White and the Huntsman?

We'll never know, of course, but asking fairy tale scholars may give us some insights and HERE The Smithsonian talks to Prof. Jack Zipes for his take on the question.

So many reviews talk about movie making, visuals and Hollywood impact and it's difficult to get more than a line or two of consideration on the actual fairy tale aspects, despite it being the whole premise. Thankfully The Smithsonian asks some of the questions we've all been wanting answers to and Prof. Zipes concentrates on how the Snow White tale is told and what he sees regarding the contemporary relevancy of this particular retelling. He also weighs in on how he believes popular culture is doing in telling tales of the common people (grim!) and how that's one of those difficult things about fairy tales. We have to let them go and watch how they evolve, even when it's not what we would choose or hope for...

[More in this in the next post - which should be up shortly. Hopefully. Life has been a tad unpredictable the last few months.]

In the meantime, go read The Smithsonian interview HERE (I recommend it) and get a "Grimm review" on Snow White and the Huntsman.

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