As I said before, be careful of fairy tales for children as it could affect their taste level, body image, values when they grow up. Like me. Haha! If they want to read fairy tales, get them the original Grimm’s and Hans Christian Andersons and none of that Disney-fied BS. (the Little Mermaid died and turned to see weed(?) or something, the dude who climbed Rapunzel’s tower became blind, Cinderella’s sister got her part of her foot chopped off to fit the tiny slipper) It’ll give them nightmares but at least they’ll be prepared to face life knowing… shit happens.
I got to admit though that Disney is making progress with the later Princess tales like The Princess and the Frog and Brave. For live action princess tales, I recommend:
1. The Princess Bride – I just finished re-watching this movie that came out in 1987. Starring a young and uber handsome Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, an 80’s supermodel. This is where the line “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” originate’d from. (Yes, it’s not from a mob movie). I love the humor and only thing I didn’t like was Buttercup, the princess bride. She always looked a little stiff to me. I could also use subtitles for Andre the giant’s lines as I can barely comprehend what he’s saying. It’s still a must-see movie for everyone though. I suspect that most modern comedy fairy tale story can trace their inspiration from this film.
2. Ever After – Starring Drew Barrymore and Angelica Houston among other superb casts, this movie turns the Cinderella story into something feminists would see with their daughters. I remember seeing an interview with the director and writer, Andy Tennant, where he mentions his inspiration came from his own daughters and what Cinderella story he wants to tell or show them. In this version of the story, there’s is no magic but there is a fairy godmother in the form of Leonardo Da Vinci. It’s truly amazing how I could believe this history. If we didn’t know better we’d say that once upon a time, there was a girl named Danielle, a fan girl of Thomas Moore’s Utopia, who was friends with the great da Vinci and was married to a prince.
3. Enchanted – I’d call this one a deconstructed Disney princess movie. The movie parodies all Disney princess tropes like characters randomly bursting into songs, animal house slaves (or minions) you don’t have to pay to clean your apartment, the fall in love at the first sight and get married the next scene, puffy skirts and even puffier hairdos. I just love this movie that not only teaches young daughters the value of dating before marriage, but also how to thoroughly spend your daddy’s credit card in an “emergency.” I love Isla Fisher, I mean Amy Adams in this role with Dr. McDreamy. Cyclops was hilarious too.