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Why are fairytales so prime for being remade on the big screen?

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(L-R) Actors Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron play Snow White, the Huntsman and Ravenna (the wicked queen) in "Snow White And The Huntsman." Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away called Hollywood, a group of film executives were trying to come up with an idea for a new movie.

Does that story sound familiar? Perhaps. In this past year we’ve now seen two new Snow White movies, “Mirror Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” not to mention the fairy tale themed shows on network television, such as “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm.”

Of course, the Brothers Grimm are the original culprits, as they collected tales of folklore and adapted them into stories of their own. In modern times, however, it is those older Disney movies which are considered canon, such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Cinderella.”

Why are fairy tales so prime for being remade? Are there truly “tales as old as time”? What remakes or adaptations did the story proud? Where has Hollywood missed the mark? How closely connected are the movies to the original stories? What’s your favorite fairy tale, and what would you like to see covered once more, perhaps in IMAX and 3-D?


Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Charles Solomon, animation critic and historian for KPCC and author for

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