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Dark fairy tales

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emily shirokuro

on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of Dark fairy tales

Dark fairy tales
Tim Burton
Snow White and the Huntsman
Once upon a time in wonderland
Pan’s Labyrinth
Beetle juice
The Brothers Grimm
Sleepy Hollow

The Brothers Grimm-
Pans Labyrinth -
Once upon a time in wonderland -
Sleep hollow 1999 -
Todorov theory
Todorov's theory was based off old Russian folk tales. The theory was that:
It would start off with equilibrium, where everything is balanced. Something will disrupt the equilibrium and it at the end it will be resolved by restoring the equilibrium. Its a simple way of begin, middle and end.
This can be put to the 1999 version of Sleepy Hollow. At first the main character Ichabod is called to work solving the murders of the town - equilibrium. Soon after working in the town the 'The headless horseman' arrives killing the towns people, leaving Ichabod needing to resolve peace - disturbed equilibrium. And in the end he solves the murders and the legend of the headless horseman - restoring the equilibrium.
Vladimir Propp studied fairy tales and broke down the common character uses in them -
1.The villain
2.The donor
3.The helper
4.The princess
5.The false hero
6.The dispatcher
7.The hero
To many movie you can apply this to, one reason begin that some of the film are based of the tales so they do already follow that structure.

Key settings
Settings for these films are -

Another 'magical land'.
Another time period - eg. Sleepy Hollow was set in Victorian England.
Small village.
Castle/manor house.
Females - Traditionally in fairy tales women are usually the main character e.g. Snow White, Rapunzel, tale of two sisters etc... They normally play the good characters who stumbled upon something unfortunate. Even though sometimes they need to be saved by a man, occasionally they will fend for them self's. in Hansel and Gretel she was the one to save them both from begin eaten.
Also occasionally women will pay the evil character such as the evil witch but the reasons for this is usually out of jealous for the main character e.g Snow white, giving a bad representation on begin vain and overly jealous.
Over the years in movies its now become a split view of mostly the women needing help from a man VS them begin in independent, even thought they maybe be independent they are usually accompanied by a man anyway.

Males - Males are normally the helper, romantic interest or the hero. There not really seen as evil but only occasionally but sometimes even then they are only following orders from a female e.g Snow White were the huntsman is sent to cut out Snow Whites heart. There typically good character that help. One example of them begin the main characters would be Brothers Grimm.

Over all i don't think there is much of a set gender role in traditionally fairy tales to much because it seems to shift in some cases but now i think its changed a little in movies.

The audience for dark fairy tales is usually adults/young adults, due to them begin twisted and sometimes quite creepy e.g Pans labyrinth, Brothers Grimm, a tale of two sisters. But sometimes the more the idea that is scary so they can have a lower age limit.
They appeal to some people who feel they're to young to watch light hearted fairy tales, some like the twisted innocence aspect.
Dark fairy tales are spun from folklore, which have been made into fairy tales. Most dark fairy tales are now classed as fantasy movies. The most popular fairy tales like: Cinderella, Snow White, Princes and the frog, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel etc...
Where made by Brothers Grimm, two brothers from Germany who made these stories based off their interest for folklore. Although to start off with these stories are originally dark they have been changed over the years.
Where do dark fairy tales come from?
Rapunzel - Shes taken as payment for parents stealing
- Locked in tower, forbidden to go outside
- All her hairs cut off
- Her husband was blinded by thrones when
jumper out of the tower.
Hansel and Gretel - Left in a forest to starve to death
- Hansel was locked in a barn and
force fed so he could be eaten
- Gretel was forced to work and
starved. She was also indented
to share the same fate as her
- Old women burnt to death
- Mother starved to death
A tale of two sisters - Abused by step mother
- Older sister was framed and was
drowned by older brother.
- youngest sister committed
suicide by drowning herself
- They killed all the new mayors
of the new town
- Brother and mother were
sentenced to death

Hes most famous and credited for his dark, Gothic, macabre and quirky horror and fantasy style movies such as:
Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Hansel and Gretel and Frankenweenie (1984 and 2012)
He is known best known for doing most films that most directors wouldn't really do, most of them having a creepy tones to them.
Generic conventions
Narrative directions
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