As an esteemed author of fairy tale retellings, I have the monumental and sometimes soul-wrenching task of deciding which details to pick from the myriad versions of any given story, and which details to leave out altogether. I have taken on Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, swan maidens, Rapunzel and Snow White, usually focusing on cruelly-maligned-by-history minor characters—and agonized over many impossible choices. But no decision has been harder than what the evil queen from Snow White should eat. Or, more accurately, what part of Snow White she should eat. For dinner.
In the original Grimm version of the story, the evil queen was the girl’s mother rather than stepmother, which [...]
Yesterday I was thinking about Little Red Riding Hood and how stupid she was, to the point where if her story were presented today, people wouldn't publish it. "She thinks a wolf is her grandmother?"
Same with Snow White. I recently reread the original, which is infinitely, delightfully darker than the Disney version (the evil queen/stepmother demands that Snow's heart be torn out and brought back to her to eat, salted, for instance, and then at the end Snow White finds a pair of magical molten iron shoes and makes her stepmother dance herself to death! What!! It's actually a lot to think about), but Snow White [...]
This one's a little old — it came out in November of 2010 — but it flew under the radar, so it's popping up again today courtesy random-cool-stuff curator Epic Ponyz.
For their dreamy song "Snow White," the little-known British electro duo Labyrinth Ear repurposed footage from the classic 1933 Betty Boop animation of the same name (the seven-minute original version of which is also on YouTube), to excellent effect. The song also appears on Labyrinth Ear's five-track Oak EP, which they happen to be giving away for free on their website.