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In "The Coat of Many Colors," Aleia's father loses his mind and tries to force his daughter to marry him. Joseph genuinely wants to save his father, while Franz is more interested on gaining his favor to ensure he inherits the kingdom and has no qualms about framing his younger brother to do so.
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Klaus, Snow White's childhood friend, is a character exclusive of the series. This series' version of "The Six Swans" gives the evil mother-in-law's role in the story to the Wicked Stepmother. In "The Iron Stove", there's no second princess claiming that the prince is hers. Instead, the Hot Witch is the Princess' love rival. Cruelly subverted in "The Coat of Many Colors": Aleia and her widowed father were very close, but then he lost his mind after an illness and tried to get closer than they should be Lisbeth from "The Magic Heart" is a very pretty girl who helps her Wicked Witch mother to mistreat a huntsman.
Subverted, it looks like she's an enchanted princess in this version. In "Brother and Sister", Queen Rose is abducted by her stepmother and taken to a foreboding mountain.
When the King finds out, he and some of his guards climb the mountain and find her in a cave, alive but very weakened. The young princess from "The Crystal Ball", prisoner of an evil witch who drains her lifeforce every night. Princess Anna in "The Waters of Life" is held prisoner by a demon in the moonlight palace.
Of course it happens in Cinderella and especially when Cindy and the Prince dance in the courtyard, after she's revealed to be the girl he fell in love with in the ballbut it's also parodied when the old King tries to rope his Queen into dancing with him. In this version of Snow White, a boar knocks the huntsman off a cliff to his death. The mad king in "The Coat of Many Colors," the show's version of "Allerleirauh," is heavily implied to die in a fire he set by accident. The father in "Beauty and the Beast" is implied to start the story terminally ill, and dies before the end.
In "The Six Swans", the king is murdered by his second wife after his children disappear. Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Not that hyper desperately, but the Soldier from "The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes" rose to the challenge because he had been wounded in a recent war and didn't want to stay put while he healed.
Averted for the most part, and sometimes even Inverted a few episodes, such as "Hansel and Gretel" and "The Iron Stove", are actually darker than their sources. A few straight examples exist in Cinderella where the stepsisters don't cut off their feet and Bearskin where the two older sisters don't kill themselves. The witch in "The Iron Stove" suffers this after getting stunned by the princess's amulet.
The huntsman in "Snow White" gets knocked off a cliff by a boar. The prince in "The Iron Stove" is first under a witch's curse, and later gets abducted by her when the Princess releases him. Also the prince in "The Old Woman in the Woods", whose kingdom has been cursed and his subjects turned into trees and he himself into an Owl by the witch.
He must team up with the Action Survivor Lisbeth to defeat the witch and when he's released at the end, he and Lisbeth marry. In "The Marriage of Mrs. Fox driven by his jealousy personified like a demon feigns death to test his wife's fidelity.
When she chooses a new handsome husband, he arises and drives them all out of home - ending alone, angry and unhappy. The original ending of "The Spirit in the Bottle" has the boy go back to school to become a doctor and use his magical cloth just to heal wounds. Here, he becomes greed and lazy so his cloth falls into a fire and he loses his wealth. Desperate to recover his riches, he goes back to the woods looking for the demon in the bottle to replace his cloth In The Town Musicians Of Bremen, the donkey acts giddy and walks on his hind legs after eating strange flowers.
The narration even says that people make some kinds of wine from certain flowers. Due to the Dead: In "Beauty and the Beast", Maria remembers her promise to Beast when she and her sisters are praying in front of their recently dead father's tomb, wearing black dresses and veils to signify their mourning. Elise in "The Six Swans" is silent for much of the story, because her brothers will be trapped as swans forever if she says even a single word while working on the shirts to break the curse.
She even lampshades it when the curse is undone: You saved us all! Now I can talk again! Rapunzel has the protagonist as a skilled musician, and her signature instrument is the lyre.
The Prince actually hears her playing and falls in love with her musicthen meets up with her. She keeps her lyre after she and the Prince are separated by the Witch, and the now blinded Prince finds her after he hears her play the same song that she played when they met.
Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Also, in "King Grizzlebeard," Helena calls her husband, who is a musician, "Musician" before she learns that he is in fact King Grizzlebeard. Elise's baby son in "The Six Swans" starts crying whenever the witch approaches him.
Considering she would later throw him into the forest and make it look like his mother ate him, one can hardly blame him. Subverted with Helena from "King Grizzlebeard", since her fall from grace is a Batman Gambit from her father and one of her suitors the titular "King Grizzlebeard", who already had a crush on her to teach her to be less of a Royal Brat.
A male version in "The Man of Iron": Prince William is stolen away from his kingdom, and becomes a gardener, but in the end finds life much simpler, and becomes the Prince of his new kingdom. Elise and her brothers in "The Six Swans" start the story as the children of a King. When the Wicked Stepmother kills their father and takes over their kingdom, the six princes are transformed into swans and Elise must disguise herself as a Country Mouse though she at least managed to find a pretty decent house to protect herself and try undoing the curse undisturbed.
This lasts until a local King meets an older Elise and falls for her. The stepmother from "The Six Swans" is burned do death after she accidentally sets herself on fire. The Queen of "Snow White" dies from being attacked by a lot of wolves.
In the original cut of "Jorinde and Joringel," when Joringel picks up the cat really the witch in disguise by his tail, the cat farts right into his face.
The English dub cut the cheese-cutting. In "The Water of Life", Franz switches the titular water from his younger brother Joseph's canteen, so when Joseph tries to give it to his father, Franz makes it seem like he was trying to kill the king.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: The witch from "The Six Swans", as said below, is not wearing panties and it shows towards the end. The "Rapunzel and the Prince" thing; the writers didn't show them doing anything graphic, but managed to sneak some very suspicious scenes and details. One scene has them embracing few after deciding that they'll escape together someday, and there's a shot of Rapunzel's tower in a night environment The following one has them waking up in the same bed the next morning fully clothed, but that's probably how the animators managed to sneak this inwith the Prince acting like a sneaky lover about to be caught in his lady's bed and Rapunzel telling him to leave before the Witch comes to check on her.
And as a plus, some dubs have the narrators saying that the Prince would come each sunset and stay with Rapunzel all night longwhich pretty much cements them as lovers In "Snow-White and Rose Red", Snow-White and the Bear's very blushy and shy reactions to their above-mentioned Accidental Kiss implies that they may have developed mutual feelings before she learned that he was a human under a curse. The witch from "The Iron Stove".
Girl in the Tower: Rapunzel spends the first sixteen years of her life trapped in a tower with no doors or stairs, and only one window at the very top. Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Snow White from, well, Snow White is a very feminine-looking girl who is the Team Mom for the dwarves, but is first seen happily getting up trees with Klaus to get her beloved apples and being scolded by her nanny for doing such "un-ladylike" things. Invoked in "Hansel and Gretel". The white bird is actually the witch's imp familiar, the sugar-coated facade of the Witch's house melts away into a more traditional haunted house, a strawberry from said house turns into a toad Going Commando: If one looks closely when the witch jumps near the end of "The Six Swans", they can see that she isn't wearing anything under her skirt.
Hans in "The Golden Goose", is kindness exemplified but unfortunately isn't the most intelligent man. In "Briar Rose," the invitations the witches receive to the christening party are written in romanized Japanese and to boot, in medieval-style font. Some examples, especially the King and his daughter in "The Six Who Went Far in the World", two jerks that start a war just to obtain more gold and pay a soldier with only three coins.
This starts a Revenge plot with the King losing all at the end.
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Many episodes use this while still keeping the show appropriate for children: In "Hansel and Gretel", both the white bird and the witch turn into demons and the witch's house is presented as much scarier than in the story.
In "The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes", the mystery men who are dancing with the princesses turn out to be monsters, and attack the princesses when the soldier reveals their secret. For all that is pure and decent in the world, The Crystal Ball. Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Considering what the show is based on, it should come as no surprise that this is a common trait for protagonists and love interests. Rapunzel and Briar Rose play these. Well, technically these are lyres, but the effect remains.
The Hedge of Thorns: The princess in "The Iron Stove" has to get through one of these in order to save her prince. It turns out to be an illusion, but braving it still took a lot of courage on her part.
The Prince from Rapunzel falls into one when thrown out of the tower by the Witch, and has to crawl out of it despite having his eyes injured The witch's spell in "Briar Rose" is so strong, it covers the entire castle in these and those who tried to get through it wound up becoming ensnared in its vines, succumbing to the spell themselves. When the Prince fated to wake her up gets close, however, the vines and thorns immediately split and let him go inside the castle, and when he wakes up Briar Rose they completely retire.
In "The Six Swans", Elise herself a redhead marries a red-haired prince from another kingdom while working on the shirts. Hoist by His Own Petard: In "The Six Swans", the witch, having been exposed for what she really is, attacks with a wind spell. But in doing so, she reignites the pyre where Elise would've been burned to death, and sets herself aflame. Some aren't nobles by birth, but become royalty by via marrying a royal.
Gretchen becomes Queen in Rumplestiltskin after marrying the King.
Rose becomes Queen after marrying the king in "Brother and Sister. Peter marries into royalty in "Worn Out Dancing Shoes. Elena becomes Queen Consort after marrying "King Grizzle-beard. Three of them - the one in "The Iron Stove" who more closely resembles a succubus than a typical witchthe one in "The Six Swans" whose beauty briefly manages to charm the heroine's fatherand the one in "The Water Nixie" who wears a pink see-through dress.
All three witches are the villains of their respective episodes. In-UniverseElena cannot see anything past the fact of King Grizzlebeard's, well Grizzled Beard, even though the man is very kind, incredibly rich, noble and rather handsome.
Two soldiers, by order of the King and Princess, administer a sleeping potion to Speedy in "The Six Who Went Far" to sabotage his chances of winning the race against the Princess. Fortunately Hunter, an expert marksman, is able to wake him up by firing a warning shot.
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In the first part of the episode "Puss in Boots", the narrator lists everything that the miller's three sons received from him after he died. Toyed around with the Bear Prince and Snow-White in "Snow-White and Rose Red", as aside of the Accidental Kiss mentioned above, Snow-White is implied to have developed a crush on the Bear before learning that he was a handsome human prince under a spell.
It's rendered moot when he recovers his human shape, logically. Kiss of the Vampire: Subverted in the episode "The Crystal Ball," although it is a wicked witch, not a vampire, who routinely bites the neck of an innocent princess, in one of the most cruel and sadistic scenes ever imaginable. The princess also turns into a corpse afterwards, and somehow regenerates At the end of "Snow White and Rose Red" the sisters kneel before the Bear Prince when he reveals himself, but the Prince kneels in front of the girls to thank them for their help.
And then he proposes to Snow White, with his brother proposing to Rose Red. Provided in many tales both as punishment for bad guys or reward for good guys. Let the Past Burn: This type of ending was used at least more than once. The titular "Briar Rose" was kept away from the world in a tower of her castlewith only her dolls as company aside of her loving but overprotective parents.
Her mother the Queen lampshades it as she tells her husband the King that they can't keep Briar Rose away from the world and playing with dolls forever. In "Brother and Sister", when Rudolf recovers his human form, he is naked and his full body is shown.
They probably got away with it without censorship because, when released, he's a young teen rather than an adult man. At the end of "The Six Swans", the witch accidentally sets herself on fire when she summons a mighty wind. The witch in "The Iron Stove" is suggested to be this. Lisbeth from "The Magic Heart" was kept under a mind control spell by the witch who kidnapped her as a baby.
Her attraction to Frederick weakens the witch's hold on her, and after the witch dies, the spell is broken. After William takes a level in kindnessWilliam finds his reflection has gone back to normal. Subverted by Lisbeth in "The Old Woman in the Woods", who styles her red hair like this despite not being a mother.
The narrator in the English dub sometimes talks very quickly, though it's not immediately noticeable. Plenty of characters in the English dub have moments of this. Then again, this wasn't exactly uncommon in English anime dubs of the time.
The Japanese language can say a lot with relatively few words, so attempting to get the information out in the same amount of time would often result in rapid-fire dialogue. The Latin-American Spanish dub manages to mostly avert it. Named by the Adaptation: Some of the episodes give the characters names they didn't have in the original stories though this depends on which language you're watching the show in.
Fox"Helena the princess from "King Grizzlebeard"among others who are unnamed in the original stories. The English dub does this on occasion, typically whenever reference is made to someone dying a violent death not if someone dies a natural death, such as Maria's father in "Beauty and the Beast". For example, in "The Six Who Went Far," it's mentioned that those who lose the race against the Princess "never come home", and we even see an executioner raising his sword to behead one such loserbut the words "kill" or "execute" or any variation thereof are never used.
Nice to the Waiter: The wolves of "Snow White" are quite friendly to Snow White and the dwarves. That does not stop the wolves from attacking the Evil Queen after she poisoned Snow White.
Klaus from "Snow White" is very close to Snow White and aids her as much as he can, but he never shows any signs of being romantically attracted to her and they're pretty much Like Brother and Sister. She marries Klaus' friend the Prince, and Klaus is nothing but happy for them. In "The Six Swans", the King springs into action in defense of Elise and his sons when the Queen materializes a giant serpent in their bed chamber.
In "Briar Rose", the Royal Couple love their daughter to death but, in an attempt to protect her from the curse she's fated to fall victim to, have kept her pretty much locked away for her first 15 years. The main character of "The Marriage of Mrs. There are several, given the nature of its stories, most based on 18th century styles.
Josephine in "Bluebeard" is offered lots of dresses, including a white one with several layers of ruffling on the skirt, and a pink on with several ribbons and ruffles. The dress made for "Cinderella" is pale pink with plenty of frills and ruffles, and a yellow flounced petticoat. Even the Queen Mother wears an orange dress with golden trimming, white ruffles and petticoat, and giant poofy sleeves.
The stepmother and stepsisters have their own fancy dresses as well. Leonora in "The Frog Prince" wears a pink and white dress, complete with poofy sleeves and fur-trimmed neckline. Princess Anna in "The Water of Life" wears a yellow dress with a pink petticoat of several layers of frills, and a fur-trimmed neckline. The wedding dress that Gretchen wears in "Rumplestilskin" is made of the golden threads the titular imp had spun.
Snow White from "Snow White" has a Canon Foreigner best friend named Klaus in her story, and they're shown as this from the very beginning. Their relationship like that probably came to an end when she married the Prince.
While they no doubt remained close friends, the Prince will obviously remain even closer to her as her husband. Actually, the story uses those tropes in interesting ways. When Snow White goes missing,klaus and the Prince become Heterosexual Life-Partners for a short time it's implied that they were friends before the story began.
In the end, Snow White and the Prince become romantic partners. The Princess from "The Iron Stove" is quite stubborn when she has a goal to fulfill, especially if it involves her beloved Prince. Elise from "The Six Swans" never ever falters in her decision to save her beloved brothers, even when it brings her enormous difficulties. The most she does is cry in complete silence when she's about to die, and yet she still thinks of her brothers and son rather than of herself Rose-Red from rom "Snow White and Rose-Red" counts too, never losing her energy and her smiles.
Most of the princesses and other leading ladies have at least some pink in their outfits. One of the preoccupations of this group was German folklore. Their enthusiasm for this subject resulted in Von Arnim and Brentano's Des Knaben Wunderhorn The Youth's Magic Horna collection of folk songs and folk poetry of all kinds, the first volume of which appeared in and immediately became popular.
The Grimm brothers were naturally interested in this, but not uncritically: At all events, the decision by the Grimm brothers to collect and publish fairy tales was not an isolated phenomenon, but part of a widespread preoccupation of the time. The sources they depended on were both oral and literary. One thing they did not do was walk the countryside, seeking out peasants in their fields and cottages and taking down their stories word by word.
Some of their tales were taken directly from literary sources; two of the finest, "The Fisherman and His Wife" and "The Juniper Tree", were sent to them in written form by the painter Philipp Otto Rungeand reproduced by the Grimms in the Low German dialect Runge wrote them in. Much of the rest came in oral form from people at various levels of the middle class, including family friends, one of whom, Dortchen Wild, the daughter of a pharmacist, Wilhelm Grimm eventually married.
What matters is the vigour and zest of the versions they published.
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Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Grimm's Law, formulated by Jacob, describes certain sound-changes in the history of Germanic languages; and the brothers together worked on the first great German dictionary.
In came what was probably the most dramatic incident in their lives; together with five other university colleagues, they refused to take an oath of allegiance to the new king of Hanover, Ernst Augustbecause he had illegally dissolved the constitution. As a result they were dismissed from their university posts, and had to take up appointments at the University of Berlin. Their first edition was published inand the collection went through six further editions Wilhelm, by this stage, doing most of the editorial work till the seventh and final one ofby which time it was immensely popular.
It shares its eminence with The Arabian Nights: Not only did the collection grow bigger, the tales themselves changed as the 19th century went past, becoming in Wilhelm's hands a little longer, in some cases more elaborate, occasionally more prudish, certainly more pious than they were to begin with. Scholars of literature and folklore, of cultural and political history, theorists of a Freudian, Jungian, Christian, Marxist, structuralist, post-structuralist, feminist, postmodernist and every other kind of tendency have found immense riches for study in these tales.
But my interest has always been in how the tales worked as stories. So I decided to retell the best and most interesting of them, clearing out of the way anything that would prevent them from running freely.
I didn't want to put them in modern settings, or produce personal interpretations or compose poetic variations on the originals; I just wanted to produce a version that was as clear as water.
My guiding question has been: The characters have little interior life; their motives are clear and obvious. If people are good, they are good, and if bad, they're bad.
Even when the princess in "The Three Snake Leaves" inexplicably and ungratefully turns against her husband, we know about it from the moment it happens. Nothing of that sort is concealed. The tremors and mysteries of human awareness, the whispers of memory, the promptings of half-understood regret or doubt or desire that are so much part of the subject matter of the modern novel are absent entirely. One might almost say that the characters in a fairy tale are not actually conscious. They seldom have names of their own.
When they do have a name it's usually Hans, just as Jack is the hero of every British fairy tale. The most fitting pictorial representation of fairy-tale characters seems to me to be found not in any of the beautifully illustrated editions of Grimm that have been published over the years, but in the little cardboard cut-out figures that come with a toy theatre.
They are flat, not round. Only one side of them is visible to the audience, but that is the only side we need: They are depicted in poses of intense activity or passion, so that their part in the drama can be easily read from a distance. Some of the characters in fairy tales come in sets of multiples.
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The 12 brothers in the story of that name, the 12 princesses in "The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces" the seven dwarfs in the story of "Snow White"— there is little, if anything, to distinguish one from another. James Merrill's reference to the commedia dell'arte is apposite here: In one drawing there may be a dozen or more Pulcinellas all trying to make soup at the same time, or gazing in astonishment at an ostrich.
Realism cannot cope with the notion of multiples; the 12 princesses who all go out every night and dance their shoes to pieces, the seven dwarfs all asleep in their beds side by side, exist in another realm altogether, between the uncanny and the absurd.
A good tale moves with a dreamlike speed from event to event, pausing only to say as much as is needed and no more. The best tales are perfect examples of what you do need and what you don't: The opening of a tale, for example. All we need is the word 'Once. Once there was a poor man who couldn't support his only son any more. When the son realized this, he said, "Father, it's no use my staying here.
I'm just a burden to you. I'm going to leave home and see if I can earn a living. Once there was a farmer who had all the money and land he wanted, but despite his wealth there was one thing missing from his life. He and his wife had never had any children. When he met other farmers in town or at the market, they would often make fun of him and ask why he and his wife had never managed to do what their cattle did regularly.
Didn't they know how to do it? In the end he lost his temper, and when he got back home, he swore and said, 'I will have a child, even if it's a hedgehog. And that, of course, is part of the explanation for the flatness of the characters. The tale is far more interested in what happens to them, or in what they make happen, than in their individuality. When composing a tale of this sort, it's not always easy to be sure about which events are necessary and which are superfluous.
Every paragraph advances the story. As white as snow, as red as blood: Nor is there any close description of the natural world or of individuals. A forest is deep, the princess is beautiful, her hair is golden; there's no need to say more. When what you want to know is what happens next, beautiful descriptive wordplay can only irritate.
In one story, however, there is a passage that successfully combines beautiful description with the relation of events in such a way that one would not work without the other. The story is "The Juniper Tree", and the passage I mean comes after the wife has made her wish for a child as red as blood and as white as snow. It links her pregnancy with the passing seasons: