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angelalloyd
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(6/6/07 3:56 am)


allusion in fairytales
Hi,
Im hopefully planning to write my dissertation on fairytales! fairytales, apart from listening to them as a child- is something ive only recently began to get back into. this has probably been since the massively popular Shrek films! I hope to write about the allusions in the films, how the makers of the film have constantly alluded to successful parts of other films, and why/ what this adds to the film. ie: in the first shrek there is a part where princess Fiona replicates the moves taken from the popular, mind bending Matrix film.
my iniital research has lead me to go back and read some of the grimm brothers tales, and first i asked myself the definaition of fairy tale? some tales are purely just folk tales really, theres no magical elements. and perhaps, arent fairytales/ folktales just allusions of everyday life?
im not 100% settled on what i want to write about, but seein as i have 8500 words to fill, i guess i can write about several things! another aspect of allusion i wanted to maybe discuss was the characters, particualy animals take on aspects of the animal. ie, the bad character is a viscious wolf. i dnt think ive ever read a fairytale about a wolf that was good.. do story tellers/ film makers use this stereotypical assumptions and allude to an animals characteristics so we naturally understand this character is evil?
in contrast to this statement, i feel shrek turns fairytales on their heads, as there main characters are ogres and donkeys..
anyway... hope i make some sense. any help, further books for research would be fantastic
thanks

moonway
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(6/6/07 7:21 pm)


Re: allusion in fairytales
Since you mention the film Shrek, I have to tell you that in the Little-Red-Riding-Hood-based film Hoodwinked, the wolf is not evil.

Also, in The Giant Who Had No Heart In His Body, the wolf is good; without his rather extensive help, the young prince never would have succeeded.

Kaleigh Way

Edited by: moonway at: 6/6/07 7:23 pm
aka Greensleeves
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(6/8/07 2:47 pm)


Re: allusion in fairytales
You may have already done this, but before getting too far into your work with the film versions of "Shrek," you might want to take a look at the William Steig book that inspired them. They part ways fairy early on, but you'll want to make sure you've covered all your bases.

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