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.
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.
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.
Cinderella is a classical faerytale that was brought to life by Disney. Numerous versions of the tale have been told through different versions of media. Like most of Walt Disney’s films Cinderella was based on the tale created by The Brothers Grimm. Both tell a tale of a prince finding his love with a missing slipper, yet each are unique in telling the tale.
Many children grow up with tales about the Tooth Faery and other Guardians that give gifts to those who are good and the Boogeyman that lives under their beds to scare them at night. What would these beings’ appearances be, and how would children effect their powers? If these spirits are to protect children are any of them evil or merely misunderstood?
Despite being a fan of faerytales told by Walt Disney, I also enjoy other forms of storytelling using poems, folklore, and fables. Fables are a form of storytelling with a hidden moral for lesson for the reader to learn. Jacob and William Grimm wrote many fables that were later used as the inspiration or adaption of Walt Disney’s stories.