While watching Finding Nemo, I was intrigued by the introverted but bubbly star fish, named Peach. Unlike the other marine creature’s inhabitation in the fish tank with Peach, she was the only creature that seemed content with their environment. I first saw Finding Nemo, with Luna, she knew how much I loved creatures that live under the sea.
Many consider December to the mark the final big holiday of the season. For some this would be Christmas but those that celebrate the Wheel of the Year celebrate Yule or the Winter Solstice. There are many traditions for this celebration including a tale of battle between the Holly and Oak King to tell tale of how their seasonal battle effects the seasons.
Children are taught to never “cry wolf” when making false claims, yet until they are explained, or the wrongs are pointed out to the child. In the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Aesop, the child lacks understanding of the consequences of taking up someone’s time when there is nothing wrong. Aesop is famous for having morals to his fables hoping to teach others a valuable lesson through storytelling.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first animated film created by Walt Disney. Like most Disney films, this was based off the German fable Little Snow White. The fable tells the tale of the young princess and the fate of her evil stepmother, who shows how far a person will go for their own selfish desires.
Disney’s Aladdin is a beloved tale of a street rat with a heart of gold that gets the girl of his dreams in the end with the aid of a magical lamp. The movie Aladdin is based on the Middle East fable Aladdin and the Magical Lamp. The tale is found with a collection of stories titled The Arabian Nights or The Book of One-Thousand and One Nights in its original language. The story was written by Antoine Galland.
After receiving a collection of fables by Hans Christian Anderson from Luna, I became engrossed with reading the other fables he had written. Ugly Duckling offers the moral of being proud of yourself even if you struggle to fit in with others. I always loved the idea of an awkward person growing up to be a graceful beauty.
Disney’s animated film Beauty and The Beast (1991) is one of my favorite films. The concept that a quiet bookworm find love in a man that appears to be a beast, showing that love is not always based on appearances. The tale told by The Brothers’ Grimm shows a different side to Beauty shedding a different light on the classic tale.
Disney is well-versed in creating films based on tales created by The Brothers Grimm, creating stories many children can identify by name. Rapunzel is the story of the woman with the seventy-foot-long hair. Disney painted a light-hearted tale about a kidnapped princess trapped in the tower, but with The Brothers Grimm’s version, there lies a darker version of the tale.
Many people consider faerytales to be full of morals and teaching children how to behave. There are some tales that have no life lessons in them and are merely a tale for a child to enjoy. Thumbelina is one of these tales created by Hans Christian Anderson. His tale inspired a movie version of the story showing an animated version of his tale.
While growing up we are forced to deal with situations where we must decide if we take the lead or stick to the status quo? Do we speak up when we sense something is amiss or stay silent? Not wanting to draw attention to ourselves? The Emperor’s New Clothes, by Hans Cristian Anderson, shows the consequences when no one wants to speak up.