of Emperor's New Clothes and its themes have appeared in literature and
other forms of art. This page provides a small discussion of some of the
better known treatments by authors and other artists. Novels produced by romance publishers are not listed on this page, but can be
found on Romance Novels: Fairy
Tale Romances at Emperor's New Clothes.
Gidwitz, Adam. In a Glass Grimmly. New York: Dutton Juvenile, 2012. Amazon.com:Buy the book inebook or hardcover or paperback.
NOVEL: More Grimm tales await in the harrowing, hilarious companion to a beloved new classic Take caution ahead-- Oversize plant life, eerie amphibious royalty, and fear-inducing creatures abound. Lest you enter with dread. Follow Jack and Jill as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true. Step lively, dear reader . . . Happily ever after isn't cutting it anymore. In this companion novel to Adam Gidwitz's widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark & Grimm, Jack and Jill explore a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm and others, including Jack and the Beanstalk, The Emperor's New Clothes, and The Frog Prince.
Brett, Simon. "The Emperor's New Clothes." Once Upon A Crime. Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, eds. New York: Berkeley Prime Crime, 1998. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcoveror paperback.
Brooke, William. "The Emperor's Clothes Are News." Teller of Tales. New York: Harper Trophy, 1994. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
Dalkey, Kara. "The Chrysanthemum Robe ." The Armless Maiden. Terri Windling, ed. New York: Tor Books, 1995. Amazon.com:Buy the book in hardcover or paperback.
Fisher, David. "Tailor v. Emperor: Motion for Summary Judgment." Legally Correct Fairy Tales. New York: Warner, 1996. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover.
Garner, James Finn. "The Emperor's New Clothes." Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life and Times. New York: Hungry Minds Inc, 1994. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover.
Kress, Nancy. "Clad in Gossamer." Silver Birch, Blood Moon. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds. New York: Avon, 1999. Amazon.com:Buy the book inpaperback.
Mayer, Gloria Gilbert and Thomas Mayer. "The Emperor's New Clothes." Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist Fairy Tales for Serious Managers. New York: American Management Association, 1999. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover.
Schmidt, Stanley. "The Emperor's New Clothes." Once Upon a Galaxy. Will McCarthy, Martin H. Greenberg, and John Helfers, eds. New York: DAW, 2002. Amazon.com:Buy the book inpaperback.
Walker, Barbara. "The Empress's New Clothes." Feminist Fairy Tales. San Francisco: Harper, 1996. Amazon.com:Buy the book inhardcover or paperback.
What, Leslie. "The Emperor's New (And Improved) Clothes." Twice Upon A Time. Denise Little, ed. New York: DAW Books, 1999. Amazon.com:Buy the book inpaperback.
Wisenberg, S. L. "After the Procession." North American Review. 281:4. July/August 1996.
I have listed primarily
classical compositions of music using the themes of this fairy tale in
either ballet, opera or some other musical style. I have also provided
links to popular recordings of the music when available at Amazon.com.
The advantage to these links is that you can listen to samples of the
music at no charge.
O'Connor, Sinead. "The Emperor's New Clothes." I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. Ensign Records, 1990.
Danny Kaye .... Marmaduke
Cyril Ritchard .... Emperor Klockenlocher
Imogene Coca .... Princess Jane Klockenlocher
ANIMATION. From Rankin and Bass. From back cover of DVD: "Emperor Klonkenlocker of Bibbentucker is the best-dressed man in the land, and has offered one million grinklens to the winning tailor for the Emperor's new clothes. Marmaduke and his loyal partner Musty decide that becoming tailors will enhance their chances to win the competition. First premiering on ABC as a network special in February 1972, "The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye stars Danny as the character Marmaduke telling the classic story of a magical musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes'."
Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: The Emperor's New Clothes (1985) (TV). Gilbert Cates, director.
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Alan Arkin ... Bo
Art Carney ... Morty
Georgia Brown ... Maggie
Dick Shawn ... The Emperor
Cannon Movie Tales: The Emperor's New Clothes (1987). David Irving, director. Amazon.com: Buy it on DVD or VHS.
Sid Caesar .... The Emperor
Clive Revill .... Prime Minister
Robert Morse .... The Tailor
MUSICAL. From Sony Pictures: "Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale gets a lavish makeover in this whimsical live-action comedy starring showbiz legend Sid Caesar (Grease), who plays the eccentric Emperor with his "trademark foreign language gibberish and nervous delivery" (Variety). Full of mischief, merriment and mayhem, this delightful twist on a beloved story weaves a hilarious family adventure you won't soon forget!
"The Emperor's blinding vanity makes him an easy mark for con artists, especially the two phony tailors hired to make him a dazzling outfit for his daughter Gilda's (Lysette Anthony) wedding. While the elder crook (Robert Morse) schemes to steal the royal jewels, his nephew (Jason Carter) is busy stealing Gilda's heart. In the midst of it all, it takes a child to reveal the truth that no one else can see!"
The Empress's New Clothes (2007/8). Debbie Horsfield, writer. Hat Trick/BBC Northern Ireland Production for BBC One.
The third fairy tale in the BBC Fairy Tales anthology is The Empress's New Clothes. Debbie Horsfield (creator of Cutting It, Making Out) retells The Emperor's New Clothes, a story which dates back to the second century.
One of the earliest versions features a painter of invisible pictures rather than a weaver, who claimed only persons of noble birth could see his art. And in a medieval Arabic version of the tale, a king struts naked convinced he's wearing clothes only visible to men who are the flesh and blood sons of their fathers.
"It's the story of a naive young mother who arrives in the big city, is befriended by a celebrity and is immediately swept away by the apparent glamour and excitement of her lifestyle," explains Debbie.
The universal theme about the urge to consume and outshine makes The Emperor's New Clothes so enduringly popular and provides inspiration for Debbie Horsfield's vibrant update.
In The Empress's New Clothes, just as the emperor defines himself through his fine clothes, Debbie's heroine, soap star Michaela (Denise Van Outen) is slavish to fashion to an extraordinarily high degree and hell bent on outshining her co-star and arch-rival Shekeelia (Koel Purie) at the Silver Sphere Awards, the highlight in the soap opera calendar.
Such obsession with expensive clothes and belongings can only lead to downfall and as we all know from the original story – nudity.
In terms of her inspiration for the comedy-drama, Debbie explains: "I talked to people who'd been publicists on various soaps. I combed the glossy magazines, particularly those featuring WAGs and soap stars. I talked to friends in the fashion industry and the PR industry.
"I talked to everyone about whether they bought designer clothes and why. I knew a bit about the world of award ceremonies, having been to a few myself! I'd had personal experience of being a naive newcomer in a big city so didn't need to research that! Likewise, I knew what it felt like to be a new mother with small children, feeling distinctly out of things.
"This fairy tale struck me as particularly relevant for today's celebrity-and-designer-obsessed society. The more I read it, the more I realised how every aspect of the story has contemporary resonances."