Reviews are pouring in for the recently released Cinderella, and it seems fans are in love with this new Disney twist. And really, it’s no surprise after Disney’s successful retelling of Maleficent. Now, with a live-action movie of Beauty and the Beast in the works (have you seen the cast list because three words: Emma, Luke and Dan), it seems fairy tale adaptations are still taking over Hollywood and television screens.
While you may be in love with the classic Disney cartoons, there’s nothing wrong with a little creative twists.
So, if you can’t seem to let go of your inner Disney princess (we haven’t either, don’t worry), there’s a lot more fairy tale stories to happily (ever after) fall in love with.
If you haven’t seen this historical re-imagining of Cinderella, you need to. While there was no magic, mice, or a fairy godmother, viewers can find the same aspects in people like Gustav, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the famous glass slipper. And yes, there’s also Drew Barrymore, who proved Cinderella didn’t need a man – he needed her.
Fairy tale adaptations don’t always have to take place in some enchanted kingdom. Sometimes they happen in the colourful 1950s suburbia with a man with, yes, scissors for hands. So, if you haven’t seen this 1990s Beauty and the Beast movie starring Johnny Depp, you’ve been missing out.
Once Upon a Time
Owned by ABC, Disney favourites found in this show range from old classics like Snow White to newer stories like Frozen. And with Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter sent to save them from their curse, viewers can enjoy this family-friendly story where Disney comes to life in our world, in Maine.
The Brothers Grimm popularized the fairy tales we know, but this NBC show turned those tales into a dark and thrilling series. Based on the Grimms’ stories, this television series combines the tales we know and love, modern day settings and some Criminal Minds plots where one man tries to save our world from the supernatural.
Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts and straight on ’til morning. This “sequel” to the popular fairy tale of Peter Pan shows that Never Never Land does exist – because no adult really, truly grows up. When Peter Pan’s two kids get kidnapped by Captain Hook, the now-old Pan has to do a bit more than believe in fairies to be the hero he once was.
What’s your favourite fairy tale adaptation?
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