Faerie Tale Theatre Production Smackdown, Round 2
(Revisit Round 1)
Let's begin with the results of the last round, which I know you've all been waiting for . . .
Rapunzel vs. Rumpelstiltskin --> WINNER: Rapunzel
Cinderella vs. Sleeping Beauty --> WINNER: Sleeping Beauty
The Princess and the Pea vs. Thumbelina --> WINNER: The Princess and the Pea
Little Red Riding Hood vs. The Tale of the Frog Prince --> WINNER: The Tale of the Frog Prince
Hansel and Gretel vs. The Snow Queen --> WINNER: The Snow Queen
The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out about the Shivers vs. The Princess Who Had Never Laughed --> WINNER: The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out about the Shivers
The Pied Piper of Hamelin vs. Rip Van Winkle --> WINNER: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp vs. The Nightingale --> WINNER: Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Thanks again for your votes! I really love it when Shredded Cheddar gets interactive. That's why although I'm taking control of Round 2 away from you, I include one of those mini face-offs at the end of this post for anyone who still wants to vote for a great faerie tale production. =)
The Aladdin Eight
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp vs. The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out about the Shivers
Let's open Round 2 with two brave boys, who remind us that faerie tales aren't as princess-centric as they often seem! One of them finds a genie who grants wishes and the other finds out what it means to be afraid. And if you don't mind my getting a tad spoilerish, let me share my amusement that a beautiful princess is one's greatest wish and the other's greatest fear.
Winner: The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out about the Shivers--because Shredded Cheddar is occasionally a Horror blog, and I personally believe that wishes aren't half as good for the character as shivers.
The Princess and the Pea vs. The Tale of the Frog Prince
Now back to some princess stories! This pairing amuses me because I had to deal with it last year in a Faerie Tale Face Off. That time around, The Frog Prince emerged victorious because it gave us more character development from its princess and more involvement from its prince. But now that both have been adapted for "TV theatre," which demands acts and scenes of its plot, they reenter the ring more equally matched.
Winner: The Princess and the Pea--because getting conflict from a princess and a frog is just too easy, but who would have guessed there was such comedy, romance and even suspense from a princess challenged by a pea?
The Pied Piper of Hamelin vs. The Snow Queen
What both stories have in common is the taking of children. In the first, the citizens of Hamelin learn the hard way what happens when you don't keep your promises; in the second, a mysterious woman steals away a young boy from the girl who is his closest friend.
Winner: The Snow Queen--because the occasional bittersweet faerie tale is great for the story diet, but it's really the happy endings we're in the genre for.
Rapunzel vs. Sleeping Beauty
Let's stop fighting it: faerie tales just feel more complete when they have princesses in them. And that's not just my "Disney Baby" conditioning talking! (On the other hand, it might be my inborn girlishness.) Our last two faerie tales in the Aladdin Eight feature the archetypal princess in the tower: one is trapped because she cannot climb down; the other is in an enchanted sleep only the kiss of true love can break.
Winner: Sleeping Beauty--because we should never underestimate either the romance of a simple kiss or the power of true love.
And now for a mini face-off which might lead to another wild card entry later in the smackdown . . .
Goldilocks and the Three Bears vs. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Two lovely girls have cause to be wandering in the woods. One finds a charming little house where some things are too cold, some things are too hot, but other things are just right. The other finds a cottage which is home to seven little men. You know, if Goldilocks could have just been nicer to the bears and if Snow White's stepmother had not been so set on vengeance, both these stories could have ended both happily and rustically. But which one gets your vote?
(For those who haven't watched these episodes or who aren't familiar with the show at all, please know that I let you vote for the story you like best or the cast you love most!)
This is a submission to the Friday is for Fairy Tales weekly link up at This Miss Loves to Read. Pay Irena a visit and read about Graciosa and Percinet.
Image Sources: a) Goldilocks and the Three Bears DVD, b) Snow White DVD