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andrael
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(11/8/06 4:25 pm)


Fairy tale crossovers?
For part of a paper I'm writing, I'd like to find as many examples as I can of fairy tale crossovers -- books, films, comics, etc. that combine characters and plot elements from two or more fairy tales.
So far I have:
Fables (comic)
Max Hamm: Fairy Tale Detective (comic)
Out of the Woods (stage musical)
Thanks to an earlier thread here I discovered the short film Dysenchanted... very nice.
And to a certain extent, the miniseries The 10th Kingdom, and the Shrek movies... though the former seems more like a crossover of settings rather than characters, and in the latter, the fairy tale characters seem more like cameos/special guest stars.

Basically I'm hoping to find more examples of crossovers where characters from different fairy tales actually interact, rather than just appearing alongside each other. Any suggestions or recommendations would be very much appreciated. :)

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(11/8/06 5:03 pm)


Re: Fairy tale crossovers?
Randomly to get things started and off the top of my head, so I am going to leave out too many as always...

Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

Beauty by Sherri S. Tepper

Fairy Tale Police Department

The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde

Princess School Series by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens

And there are a large number of picture books that I don't have time to list right now from Shake Dem Halloween Bones to Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada and Leslie Tryon (a few by them) to Goldilocks Has Chicken Pox by Erin Dealey and Hanako Wakiyama.

Heidi

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(11/8/06 5:11 pm)


Re: Fairy tale crossovers?
Oh, but some of my favorite picture books with multiple fairy tale characters are by Lauren Child (of Charlie and Lola fame now):

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book? by Lauren Child

Beware Of The Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child

Heidi

Fiyero Oberon
Registered User
(11/8/06 6:04 pm)


Re: Fairy tale crossovers?
You referred to Out of the Woods, a stage musical... perhaps you mean Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine? If you were actually referring to a musical called Out of the Woods, check out Into the Woods as well. :D

Clare Regina
Registered User
(11/8/06 7:23 pm)


Re: Fairy tale crossovers?
I remember reading a book called "Kissing the Witch" by Emma Donoghue, where the tales were retold in a certain order, and a character from the last story would be a character in the next, connecting all the stories together. It was really cool.

Veronica Schanoes
Registered User
(11/8/06 8:10 pm)


Re: Fairy tale crossovers?
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
The Godmother by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

aka Greensleeves
Registered User
(11/10/06 2:59 pm)


Re: Fairy tale crossovers?
What about the recent animated film "Hoodwinked?"
There's also Rebecca Lickiss's novel NEVER AFTER.

andrael
Registered User
(11/10/06 4:18 pm)


Re: Fairy tale crossovers?
Thanks for all the suggestions so far! A lot of titles I'll need to look into.

I only watched the latter part of Hoodwinked, so I might have missed out on the crossover element; what other fairy tales were included there?

Quote:
You referred to Out of the Woods, a stage musical... perhaps you mean Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine?

D'oh! Yes, of course I meant Into the Woods. :o

Writerpatrick
Registered User
(11/11/06 8:26 am)


Re: Fairy tale crossovers?
10th Kingdom was about the fairy tale kingdoms years after the tales occurred, so most of the characters would be dead.

There's also a French film but I'm uncertain of the title. I belive it's "Alice's Journey" but I'm not sure. It's a grown-up (but not porn) story about a woman going on a fairy tale journey. It does have her meeting a 40-ish Snow White who is living with the dwarfs (one for every day of the week).

darklingthrush
Registered User
(11/12/06 8:39 am)


one more title
I immediately thought of Beauty by Sherri S. Tepper. I'm sure there are many more titles but now I'm drawing a blank as well.

avalondeb
Registered User
(11/15/06 1:26 pm)


Re: one more title
I can give you some movie suggestion:

"Rebecca" and "Jane Eyre" - can be thought of as retellings of "Bluebeard" with forbidden knowledge changing the relationship, ugly secrets, etc.
"Hard Candy" - Little Red Riding Hood, with "Red" getting the jump on the "wolf"
"Splash" - I always think of "the Little Mermaid", she falls in love in a split second, make a great journey to find her "prince", etc.
"AI" - "Pinocchio"
"Hook" - "Peter Pan"

Cinderella:
"Ever After" - "Cinderella" with DaVinci as the fairy godmother
"Pretty Woman- "Cinderella", but I always hated the fact that Cinderella was a prostitute...
"Cinderfella" - funny w/Jerry Lewis as "Cinderella"
"Maid in Manhattan"

The following could all be said to be variations of the "Beauty and the Beast" theme:
King Kong
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Phantom of the Opera
Edward Scissorhands
The Beautician and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast (TV series)
and even Pride and Prejudice (beast-like male changes due to "beauty's" influence)

"The Ugly Duckling" is almost too many to name:
Dirty Dancing
Strictly Ballroom
Lilo & Stitch (although there is no physical change....)
42nd Street
The Devil Wears Prada
The Princess Diaries

For some reason, "The Blair Witch Project" always reminded me of "Hansel and Gretel".....

Don't know if you had mythology in mind, but "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is an adaptation of "The Rape of the Sabine Women"....

Hope this helps!


avalondeb
Registered User
(11/15/06 1:40 pm)


Re: one more title
Sorry!!! I mis-read your original post!!!

You wanted COMBINED fairytales.....

The Godmother
The Godmother's Apprentice
The Godmother's Web
--- all by Elizabeth Ann Scarsborough

Shrek
Shrek 2
Hoodwinked
Into the Woods
10th Kingdom
DysEnchanted (available on www.YouTube.com)
--- all fractured fairy tales

Jack the Giant Killer (all the Jack stories plus Kate Crackernuts)
--- Charles deLint

The Coachman Rat (Cinderella and the Piped Piper of Hamelin combined)
--- Jim Wilson

Hope this is a better list for what you had in mind!

Lexi
Registered User
(1/17/07 9:21 pm)


French cross-over
[There's also a French film but I'm uncertain of the title. I belive it's "Alice's Journey" but I'm not sure. It's a grown-up (but not porn) story about a woman going on a fairy tale journey. It does have her meeting a 40-ish Snow White who is living with the dwarfs (one for every day of the week).]

The movie is "L'odysee d'Alice Tremblay," produced in Quebec (Canada). It's great, with lots of different characters including Cinderella, the fairy Godmother, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Sharezade, Prince Charming, Wicked Witch, etc. However, only the wicked witch and Alice (who has an obvious Alice-In-Wonderland quality) interact with characters from multiple stories. Everyone else generally sticks with the cast of their own tale.

Still, even if it isn't what you're looking for, it's a fantastic movie and not to be missed.

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