Fairy tales are cultural snapshots of the lives of men and women, their economic and family circumstances and the conditions of childhood. At the same time fairy tales reflect our inner lives, our conscious and unconscious fears and preoccupations, as well as our fantasies and dreams.
Just as the stories are always changing and adapting so are interpretations by writers, social historians, psychologists and cultural commentators.
Re-enchantment weaves together psychological, social, historical and cultural interpretations providing the viewer a comprehensive insight into the hidden meanings of fairy tales. Also includes the re-interpretation of fairy tales by visual and media artists and popular culture in each story space.
DVD 1: Originally presented as an interactive multi-platform documentary, this DVD features a series of 10 x 3-minute animated documentaries (interstitials), exploring themes at work in fairy tales. Each episode offers a rich visual design and presents a new way of thinking about these familiar and much loved stories.
Fairy Tales Explored: Bluebeard, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood and Snow White.
Themes: Gender Roles and Stereotypes, Fairy Tale Sex, Princess Culture, Beastly Husbands, Wicked Stepmothers, the psychology of fear of the unknown, the human capacity for hope and wishfullness and a lot more...
DVD 2: Study Guide PDF
Relevant secondary curriculum areas include: English Literature, Creative and Studio Arts, Media and Film Studies, Psychology. At tertiary level: Women’s Studies, Cultural Theory.
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