The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Grimm(1786–1859), were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who together collected and published folklore. They are among the most well-known storytellers of folk tales, popularizing stories such as “Cinderella” (Aschenputtel), “The Frog Prince” (Der Froschkönig), “Hansel and Gretel” (Hänsel und Gretel), “Rapunzel”, “Rumpelstiltskin” (Rumpelstilzchen), and “Snow White” (Schneewittchen). Their first collection of folk tales, Children’s and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen), was published in 1812.
The popularity of the Grimms’ collected folk tales endured well beyond their lifetimes. The tales are available in more than 100 translations and have been adapted by filmmakers including Lotte Reiniger, and Walt Disney, with films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. In the mid-20th century the tales were used as propaganda by the Third Reich; later in the 20th century psychologists such as Bruno Bettelheim reaffirmed the value of the work, in spite of the cruelty and violence in the original versions of some of the tales that were sanitized.
I have always been fascinated by their stories and how these tales were found and imagined by themselves with very dark elements. Being turned from quite dark sinister stories to fairytale princess stories with Disney you can still feel and sense the dark nature originated from them and it separates the Disney made and Disney/Brothers Grimm inspired films.
The Brothers Grimm film was very enchanting with the dark twists to it which were quite shocking! This is how their stories were original so I would love to see them all brought to life in their original versions..or close too..
Disney seems to be looking into this..
“Snow White” is a German fairy tale known across much of Europe, and is today one of the most famous fairy tales worldwide. The Brothers Grimm published it in 1812 in the first edition of their collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales. It was titled in German: Sneewittchen (in modern orthography Schneewittchen), and numbered as Tale 53. The Grimms completed their final revision of the story in 1854.
The fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the seven dwarfs, who were first given individual names in the Broadway play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1912) and then given different names in Walt Disney‘s 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Grimm story, which is commonly referred to as “Snow White”, should not be confused with the story of “Snow White and Rose Red” (in German “Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot“), another fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.
If you read the original version by the Grimm Brothers you will notice the iconic symbols still used in the newer versions today but will feel the dark almost sinister twists in the story. They are all very interesting to read!
INTO THE WOODS
Meryl Streep takes on the role of a witch in forthcoming Disney film Into The Woods, a new spin on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
Based on the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into The Woods includes characters such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame.
Disney releases the first picture from its new film version of Cinderella, starring Lily James (Downton Abbey) in the title role. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the movie will hit cinemas in March 2015.
So excited to see Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother and Richard Madden (GOT) as the Prince!
Two very exciting films to look out for! Will bring more information as they unfold! I hope the Brothers Grimm/Disney film will live up to the Grimm Brothers expectations! Bring back the dark scary Disney tales!
Next on my to watch list is the Grimm Tales TV series!