Faerie Tale Theatre Production Smackdown, Round 4
(Revisit Round 1, Round 2, Round 3A and Round 3B)
There were moments when I thought we'd never make it to this point . . . but here we are! =D
Over three exciting and intense rounds--for that is exactly how they seemed to me--The Princess and the Pea managed to take down Thumbelina (which might be short, but is also scrappy!), The Tale of the Frog Prince (which has Robin Williams at the peak of his game!), and the wildcard contender Goldilocks and the Three Bears (which I daresay is actually the better of the two--ROFL!). Finalists don't come as formidable as this!
As for The Snow Queen, it stormed through the smackdown, soundly thrashing Hansel and Gretel (and its real child actors!), The Pied Piper of Hamelin (and its clever rhymes!) and even wildcard entry Jack and the Beanstalk (and its special visual effects!). That's certainly nothing to sneeze at!
The time has come to settle this once and for all, for the sake of a happily ever after.
But before you do, one last wildcard . . . ;-)
. . . just to keep things interesting! =P
Pinocchio, based on a novel by Carlo Collodi, strains the definition of "faerie tale" so much that I didn't even consider it for the original bracket for Round 1. And yet someone whose taste I respect claims it is her favourite Faerie Tale Theatre episode ever! (Hi, Syrin!)
Now, I have nothing against the episode itself or the decision to produce it; I just had to be ruthless in whittling the twenty-eight possible contenders down to sixteen. And so Pinocchio went immediately--and based-on-a-satirical-short-story Rip Van Winkle almost did, too.
But because I like complicating things for everyone (including, unfortunately, myself), I'm bringing Pinocchio back for one last chance. The link above will take you to the first part of this episode on YouTube, which you can watch a bit of before you vote.
Remember that a vote in this smackdown counts as an entry in the June Giveaway. I'll be announcing the smackdown winner and the giveaway winner in the same post next week!
Image Sources: a) The Princess and the Pea DVD, b) The Snow Queen DVD, c) Pinocchio DVD