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Disney’s A Twisted Tale Series Retrospective – Part Two
(Click Here for Part One) (Note: These mini reviews contain mild spoilers, including revealing a few twists and providing details from the climactic moments of the books.)
Disney A Twisted Tale Series Retrospective - Part One
A couple of weeks ago, Disney+ premiered the new Marvel animated series What If?, an anthology which provides a set of “What if?” stories changing established parts of the Marvel mythos. What if Captain America’s British girlfriend got the Super-serum instead? What if the Avengers were killed off by a mysterious force before they could get together? This sort of reimagining plays very well with fans, as it allows them to take familiar characters and see how they are shaped by new and intriguing scenarios. In 2015, Disney created the A Twisted Tale series, which applies this AU formula to the Disney Animated Canon. Each A Twisted Tale book is based on a Disney Animated Classic, with these stories changing elements at the beginning or end of the original story to create hundreds of pages of complications for our heroines and heroes to overcome. The A Twisted Tale series currently consists of eleven books - Six have been written by Liz Braswell, three by Jenn Calonita, and two by Elizabeth Lim. The eleven books adapt Disney Animation hits old and new (from Snow White to Frozen) with tones ranging from psychological horror to romantic fantasy, from epic quest narratives to dystopian actioners. However, all of them maintain a more serious and mature approach, with a greater sense of danger and threat. There are plenty of updates for contemporary sensibilities, such as more developed romantic relationships and several new female characters to even out the gender gap. Despite this, a lot of Disney’s upbeat fantasy charm remains intact, and fans will really enjoy seeing their favourite leads earn their happy endings.
Fairy Tales – The Ultimate Critic Proof Medium?
People often criticize fairy tales for promoting a dated, reactionary view of the world, but still maintain their status as defining cultural touchstones, with children continuing to read classic fairytales, watch fairytale films, and buy all sorts of Disney merchandise. Adults also love fairytales, with fairytale adaptations becoming a major YA subgenre, and fairytale films supposedly aimed at children gaining a vast millennial fanbase. In light of the continued perseverance of fairy tales, his article aims to examine whether or not they can be considered “critic proof” To what extent do they evade the negative aspects of criticism, and how have responses to criticism allowed the genre to evolve? Due to Disney’s disproportionate dominance of the genre, much of this article will emphasize their movies, but it will also acknowledge the fairy tales they adapted, and some of the countless adaptations of these we have seen over the years.
Inside No. 9 Season 6 – Review and Episode Rankings
Since it premiered in 2014, Inside No.9, the dark comedy anthology series from The League of Gentlemen co-creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith – has consistently proven itself as one of the most inventive and original shows on British TV. The episodes are entirely stand-alone (although one turned out to be a followup to Psychoville) and set in a single location linked to a Number 9 in some way. The 37 episodes so far have varied from lightweight farce to gothic horror, from domestic drama to murder mystery, but the most common format is a seemingly banal event or activity going horribly wrong, usually with a gruesome sting in the tail. Pemberton and Shearsmith have appeared together in all but two of the episodes (Season One featured one episode without Pemberton and one without Shearsmith) accompanied by a large collection of veteran British actors, ranging from Gemma Arteton and Jack Whitehall to Derek Jacobi and Fiona Shaw.
Cursed: An Anthology - Review
What’s It About? Cursed is a fantasy anthology edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane and published in 2020 by fantasy publishers Titan Books. It contains twenty stories themed around the idea of being cursed, from reimaginings of Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel to stories about “screaming skulls” and vampire zombies. The authors range from fantasy icons such as Neil Gaiman and Jane Yolen to more overlooked writers. Seven of the stories in Cursed (‘Troll Bridge’, ‘The Black Fairy’s Curse’, ‘Wendy, Darling’, ‘Fairy Werewolf Vs. Vampire Zombie’, ‘Look Inside’, ‘Little Red’ and ‘Hated’) were originally written for older anthology series, but the rest were created especially for this collection.
Cinderella is Dead - Review
Cinderella is Dead is the debut novel from African American author Kaylynn Bayron. Bloomsbury YA brought the rights to it in 2019, as part of a two-book contract which was recently extended to five books. Since it was published last year, Cinderella Is Dead has been critically acclaimed and nominated for several literary awards, with online book retailers Wordery declaring it their Children’s Book of The Year for 2020.
Could Cruella Remind Us Why We Love Disney Villains?
If you were to ask the average person what they remember about Disney’s 1961 animated film 101 Dalmatians, they will ALWAYS, without exception, bring up its iconic baddie Cruella De Vil. With her distinctive black and white hair, gigantic fur coat and obsession with turning the titular animals into a new item of clothing, Cruella De Vil is one of the quintessential Disney villains. Cruella’s popularity is now being exploited by the forthcoming 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruella, which reveals the backstory of the notorious villain. Set in 1970s London, Cruella explores how Estella De Vil became the deranged clothing mogul who has terrified so many of us over the decades. The project was first announced in 2011, and has gone through several directors and screenwriters, with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie overseeing the finished film. Cruella is being released in May, and the promotional campaign has begun in earnest with the first posters and trailer, released last week.
Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors Review
Broadway may be closed until Summer 2021, but many of the writers and directors who work there have created several projects to keep Broadway fans entertained. Podcasters Broadway Podcast Network have released a variety of podcast miniseries in a radio serial format, including Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors. A four part comedy series (You can listen to each part separately, or the whole thing as an omnibus episode) released in May and available on most major podcast services, its lighter take on the Dracula story provides a Halloween option for those not keen on being too scared. Greg Greenberg and Steve Rosen wrote the script, with Greenberg directing. Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors began life as a play in 2018 and is available for licensing in that format. The cast for the podcast version includes of some of Broadway’s best and brightest, including Christopher Sieber (Shrek: The Musical, The Prom) James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin: The Musical, Tangled: The Series), Alex Brightman (School of Rock, Beetlejuice: The Musical), Laura Bentani (Gypsy. My Fair Lady), Ashley Park (The King and I, Mean Girls) and Annaleigh Ashford (Sunday in the Park With George, Wicked) as well as Disney regulars Richard Kind (Inside Out) and Alan Tudyk (Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen), and sitcom icon John Stamos (Full House).