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.
Many can recall the iconic moment in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when the school is under attack by a fifty-foot snake called a basilisk. This king of snakes is a mythical creature created with the myths and legends found in Roman and Greek mythology. They are evil creatures whose intentions are to harm the world around them and kill mankind. Yet, there are tales where basilisks are protectors to homes from spiders and scared temples of Apollo and Diana.
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.
Recently, indie video game companies have created stunning animation and game design making them a competition against other gaming companies. Some are based on fears we have as children, while others take a page out of the history books. There are some who theorize the game, Bendy and the Ink Machine, is based on the feud Walt Disney had with Iwerks, a fellow animator while others see it as a tribute to how dark cartoons can become.
Many know the iconic red cloak was the symbol for Little Red Riding Hood but what if there was an organization marked by this same cloak? What if instead of being chased by wolves they oversaw tracking down werewolves and other supernatural creatures? In Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak combines steampunk with the mystical world of fantasy.
There are many who believe in the humanization of Death and that his task is to collect the souls that have gone astray. There are many myths surrounding the personification of death and the creation of his famous scythe. Funimation created the animated show Soul Eater to give an explanation on how the weapons used by Death were created.
When I was growing up, I was introduced to point and click computer games. Many schools used these games for educational and entertainment purposes. For many these games were an introduction to gaming creating a love for other gaming consoles. Broken Age is a point and click game on the Playstation and Windows making many recall the style of games my generation grew up on.
Many fans of Nickelodeon were introduced to a new hero named Aaog in Avatar: The Last Airbender. The animated show ran for three seasons before its story was complete and a sequel was created. The show has influences of Budish beliefs, war, and human’s connections to nature through the four core elements.
The Addam’s Family was a classic gothic family that was aloof and scary to the residents of the town they resided in. They were known for caring about their family and ensuring that their children knew about their ancient heritage. Despite them being naïve to the society around them they ensured that they always looked out for their own.
How would you react if you stumbled across a teen with scissors for hands? Would you take him home, call the cops, or turn around and leave hoping to never see him again? Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands brings this scenario to life, questioning how accepting people can be about those that appear abnormal in their normal society.