Snow White - Movie Summary
" . . . The first full-length animated feature ever made, it is timeless in its perfection and remains the most revered of all Disney films - from Pinocchio and Bambi, to Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Disney's immortal fairy tale springs to magical life as the lovely Snow White finds romance with a charming young Prince.
When Snow White's vain and wicked stepmother, the Queen, consults her Magic Mirror, her worst fear is confirmed- that Snow White's beautysurpasses even her own! Snow White is forced to flee into the forest, where she befriends seven lovable dwarfs- Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy and Doc.
But despite the dwarfs' loyalty, they cannot protect Snow White against the Queen's evil spell... which can only be broken by Love's First Kiss! Fully restored to its original brilliance, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs overflows with heartwarming romance, rousing adventure, and enchanting music."
And here is a link to the history behind the Disney production.
Have you read translations of the original German version from 1812
by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm?
Provided here by D. L. Ashliman
and Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts.
or perhaps related stories from Scotland Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree
or from Italy The Young Slave and The Crystal Casket
or from Switzerland Death of the Seven Dwarfs
or perhaps other versions Links to related sites
To truly know and love the full breath
and depth of this story time spent studyingwith Kay E. Vandergrift 's wonderful in-depth course material is a joy not to be missed. . .
Press to begin and try discussing some suggested questions by Prof. Kay E. Vandergrift:
Please take a few minutes to think about these questions to help focus your attention on the topic of folklore and fairy tales in a child's life and literature.
1. Are there folk and/or fairy characters or tales that were important to you in your own childhood?
If so, can you remember how and why they assumed importance in your life?
If not, do you know why not? Do you think you were unusual in this respect?
2. Were you exposed to a wide range of folk literature as a child?
If so, who shared this literature with you?
3. Do you recall any examples of folk or fairy tale from your childhood that frightened you?
4. How important are folk and fairy tales to today's children?
How much should we (as parents, teachers, librarians, etc.)
do to encourage the child's appreciation of such stories?
5. Are there any dangers in a child's belief in fairy tales?
6. Is there such a thing as "creative violence," that is, violence that helps to resolve
rather than heighten fears and tensions? Is this the violence of the fairy tales?
7. Do you really believe that many of the favorite fairy tales deal with oedipal conflicts and sexuality?
8. Who are the mythical heroes for today's children? Where do they come from?
9. If folk tales were the television of a printless society,
is television now the folk literature of our media-saturated society?
10. Give at least two descriptors for each of the following:
Stepmother, Godmother, Prince, Princess, Mother, Fox, Youngest Son,
Hare, Castle, Forest, Sword, Spell and Fairy.
Who are some of the other recurring characters of folk literature?
11. How is language used as an important factor in the telling of tales? Do you feel that it is critical?
12. What collections of fairy tales would you recommend to children and/or parents/teachers?
13. Are the Jacobs and the Lang editions viable today?
14. What fairy tales would you suggest to anyone interested in storytelling?
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