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Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Cinderella

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Cinderella

The Book: 1812 (revised 1819) “Cinderella” from Children’s and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm The Film: 1950 Cinderella directed by Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson (Disney) 1998 Ever After: A Cinderella Story directed by Andy Tennant (Twentieth Century Fox) Most people are familiar with the story of Cinderella in one form or another (according to … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The Riddle

A Grimm Year: The Riddle

The Gist: While traveling, a prince and his servant arrive at the house of a witch. With one poisoned drink, a string of events is set in motion that leads the prince to a kingdom where the princess will marry whoever can pose a riddle to her that she cannot solve. His riddle is this: … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The White Snake

A Grimm Year: The White Snake

The Gist: A servant eats a piece of the King’s white snake and is suddenly able to understand what animals are saying. He helps out some fish, an ant colony, and three baby ravens, and in return they help him win the love of a princess. I’m going to let you read whatever sexual connotations … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The Three Snake Leaves

A Grimm Year: The Three Snake Leaves

The Gist: A young man falls in love with the King’s daughter, but she will only marry a man who agrees, if she should die first, to be buried alive with her, and vice versa. The man agrees. When his wife dies, he upholds his bargain, but a chance encounter with some snakes leaves him with … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: Hansel and Gretel

A Grimm Year: Hansel and Gretel

The Gist: A poor woodcutter and his wife leave their two children, Hansel and Gretel, in the woods because they cannot feed them. The lost children wander until they come to a house made of bread and cake. While gorging themselves, the house’s owner, a witch, captures them and intends to cook them for her … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: Brother and Sister

A Grimm Year: Brother and Sister

aka “Little Brother and Little Sister”* The Gist: A brother and sister run away from their witch of a stepmother. The brother drinks from a stream cursed by the witch (even though his sister tells him not to) and he turns into a fawn. The sister and the fawn live in a little cabin, until … Continue reading