Illustrator, writer and a folklorist. Likes cats, tea and period dramas. Currently writing a book about Finnish mythology. A host of the Little Women Podcast.
Beauty and The Beast: Enchanted Christmas
Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas is animated movie appeared in 1997 and it’s a sequel for the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast from 1991. In the animation, the story is told as flashbacks. Flashbacks are from the time when Belle was still a prisoner in the Beast’s castle. If you haven’t seen this movie this is a spoiler warning!
Film Review: Snow White
Snow White and the seven dwarfs are Disney animated film appeared in 1937 and it was the first full length animated movie in the entire world. Finland’s premiere was in December 1938.
Film Review: Pinocchio
Pinocchio is the second Disney classic movie and it premiered in February 1940. The film wasn’t financially successful. Part of the reason is believed to be in the Second World War and Americans not going to the movies that much at the time. However, what it comes to the development of western animation Pinocchio is a remarkable film.
In Latvian myths, fairy tales and folklore devil is not an evil character. He is easily fooled by Dievs (God) and by people. He is physically strong but he is lazy. Realm of the devil was not like Christian Hell. It was more similar to our world. Entrances to his kingdom were in forests rivers, graveyards, swamps, caves, under the rocks and in the sea. It was believed that the devil kidnapped people and took them to his world the same way as some unfortunate souls of the dead who came back to claim the life of a person they knew in their lifetime. The character of the devil was Christian invention and did not exist in the pagan world view of ancient Latvians. When Christian devil was introduced to Latvians his image emerged from several deities that under the new order were announced all to be “the devil” and evil beings.
Louisa May Alcott's love for Philosophy and Philosophers
Before Jo goes to New York she has been quite frustrated from the way Laurie is not interested in his studies. Jo can not attend university because of her gender. Friedrich sees Jo as his intellectual equal. 1994 film captures the meeting of the minds perfectly. BPS series is so far the only adaptation that has included a symposium, leaving the symposium. There is another reference to transcendentalism when Friedrich and Jo talk about Kant´s theories.
Louisa May Alcott´s Favorite Romance
Wilhelm Meister´s Apprenticeship is one of Goethe´s most well-known novels. Louisa received her own copy of the novel from her friend, philosopher Waldo Emerson and she filled it with scribbles and notes. In the novel, there is a female character called Marina, who likes to dress up as a boy. In Little Women Jo likes to dress up as a boy. There is also an important character called Friedrich. Louisa transformed this infatuation with Goethe by incorporating Goethean themes in her own work. First thing Jo hears from Friedrich is his singing “Kennst du das land” (Do you know the land) himself, this is the opening line of Mignon´s love song in Wilhelm Meister´s Apprenticeship. When Friedrich comes to court Jo, they sing this song together.
“An Eloquence Which Made His Broken English Musical and His Plain Face Beautiful”
I found yet another connection between Friedrich´s character in Little Women and Dr Charles Follen. Everyone in Louisa´s circles knew the remarkable story of Charles (Karl) Follen. As a young man in Germany, he was the leader of Giessen Blacks — a radical student group and became an axe of revolution. He was hounded out from Germany to Switzerland where he became an honoured professor of law and philosophy. From there he fled to Paris and finally immigrated to America in 1824, where he became one of the early established members of the transcendentalist movement.
Jo and Friedrich, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau
There is a very compelling case to be made that Henry David Thoreau was the real-life Friedrich. When I read Little Women part 2 for the first time there was something that always puzzled me in Friedrich´s last name. I speak German and Bhaer is not German. Bhaer doesn´t mean anything. Baer without “h” is an actual German last name and means a bear. For years I actually thought that Bhaer was a typo, but if it was a typo why no one hasn´t fixed it for the past 150 years? unless