12.26.11

Grimm: “Bears will be Bears” (2011): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 1:08 am by Rosepixie

In this episode the show plays with the story The Three Bears. Goldilocks (I believe her name was Gilda or something and she completely looked the part) and her boyfriend broke into a fancy house that apparently belonged to three shapechanging bears (there are a lot of shapechangers in this show). Overall, this was a far more interesting reimagining of a fairy tale than the first episode was.

Grimm: “Pilot” (2011): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 12:41 am by Rosepixie

This episode’s tale was Little Red Riding Hood. It set up the wolf as a shapechanging murderer/kidnapper who lived a mild-mannered life in the woods and attacked girls who traveled the forest paths. It was a reasonable update of the bare bones of the story, but the sense of stalking and deception was gone. Still, it is only the pilot. Hopefully the writing will get more nuanced as the show continues.

12.21.11

“Robin Hood” (2006-2009): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 12:52 am by Rosepixie

This is an interesting and amusing retelling of the story of Robin Hood. I appreciated the fierce, independent women in the series, even if sometimes their stories betrayed a lack of grace in storytelling. Robin was charismatic and appealing and the villains were delightfully fun to hate. I definitely felt like the series lost something after Marian died and Djaq and Will Scarlet left the group, even though I did like Tuck a lot. This was absolutely a fun series, but the lack of consistency was slightly frustrating. Still, I enjoyed it and am glad to have watched it!

12.06.11

Xena: “If the Shoe Fits…” (1998): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 1:08 am by Rosepixie

This episode was sort of a team retelling of Cinderella. The story progresses as it is passed from storyteller to storyteller, however it also changes. Each narrator recasts him or herself into the tale (usually as the title character) and the rest of the story is sort of remade in his or her own image. Joxer has a romantic encounter at the ball with Gabrielle (who is the beautiful princess in his portion of the story), Xena is strong and refuses to let a shoe determine her destiny, etc. It all made for a fascinating version of Cinderella that did a great job of illustrating the different characters from the show.

Rugrats: “Finsterella” (2001): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 12:22 am by Rosepixie

This episode is a retelling of Cinderella with Chuckie playing the title role. It was actually a great use of the story. Chuckie has a new stepmother and a new stepsister and he uses the story to work through his conflicting feelings about them. Chuckie focuses on the early part of the story, before the ball, because his growing understanding that his new family is loving and that he has the wit and courage to get what he wants for himself make portraying the actual ball unnecessary. I enjoyed this episode.

12.05.11

Rugrats: “No Place Like Home” (2000): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 4:37 am by Rosepixie

This retelling of The Wizard of Oz is a drugged dream that Susie has while have her tonsils taken out. The abstract concepts from the original story were replaced by more concrete objects (i.e. “courage” became “a flashlight”), with the exception of the wish to go home. There were references to the 1939 movie, but the world was entirely constructed of the trappings of a child’s world – a hopscotch road, a merry-go-round, a petting zoo, bunny slippers, a playground, even a bouncy castle. It was cute, if a bit odd.

Rugrats: “Two by Two” (1999): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 3:01 am by Rosepixie

Poor Angelica totally got left to die in the flood! I mean, sure, she’s kind of a brat and all, but does she really deserve to be drowned horribly in the flood while even the dog, Spike, and the ants from the backyard get to be saved in the ark? The kids actually acted out the story of Noah’s ark pretty faithfully – even to the point of only saving worthy humans, yet trying to save all the animals. It was actually slightly disturbing.

Rugrats: “The Magic Baby” (1999): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 2:15 am by Rosepixie

This story played with the idea of magic beans from Jack and the Beanstalk. The babies are given magic beans in exchange for a toy, but must figure out what to do with them. The wisdom and practicality of growing a beanstalk in the house is questioned, so they make wishes on the beans instead. At some point it is determined that there is a giant around as well. The beans don’t cause quite as much trouble as Jack’s but the modern adventure that they do have is pretty cute!

Rugrats: “Angelica Nose Best” (1997): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 1:06 am by Rosepixie

In this episode, Angelica lies and thinks that her nose is growing like Pinocchio’s did. The story was cute and had a nice ending. I appreciated that the while there was an obvious lesson from the story, the episode itself did not feel didactic. The babies’ attempts to help Angelica were surprisingly well-reasoned and coherent. I enjoyed the episode more than I expected to!

12.02.11

Strawberry Shortcake: “A Princess Named Rap” (2010): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 5:27 am by Rosepixie

This was a very unusual version of Rapunzel. Even more interesting, it was completely different from the version of Rapunzel told in the “Berry Fairy Tales” book series, which was also highly unusual. This version had no prince, very present and loving parents, and no wicked witch. Rapunzel was in her tower taking lessons from a tutor on being a proper princess. It actually worked surprisingly well, although it was a very different story from the traditional fairy tale!

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