What are Fantasy Films?• Fantasy films are films with fantasy themes, usually involving magic, supernatural events, make-believe creatures, or exotic fantasy worlds.• The genre is considered to be distinct from science fiction film and horror film, although the genres do overlap.• Fantasy films often have an element of magic, myth, wonder, escapism, and the extraordinary.• In fantasy films, the hero often undergoes some kind of mystical experience and must ask for assistance from powerful, superhuman forces.• Flying carpets, magic swords and spells, dragons, and ancient religious relics or objects are often shown in fantasy films.• Bizarre and imaginary, invented lands include sci-fi worlds, fairy tale settings or other whimsical locales are common settings.
Characters in Fantasy filmsUsually, the main characters in fantasies are princes or princesses. Fantasy films include gnomes, dwarves and elves, Strange and incredible characters (like monstrous characters that are divine or evil spirits or magicians and sorcerers) are put into fantasy films, and often overlap with supernatural films.
Different Sub-Genres in Fantasy filmsThe genre Fantasy is one the most broad genres so there are many different ‘Sub-Genres’ to identify the different films.What is a Sub-Genre?A sub category in the Genre fantasy itself. Sub Genres break down all the different kinds of Fantasy films.
Sub Genres I have discovered…Arthurian Fantasy = Encompasses stories about King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table or Merlin etc. Marion Zimmer Bradleys "Mists of Avalon" is a fine example of this sub-genre.
Comic Fantasy = Tales designed specifically as spoofs of other serious fantasies, or containing humorous elements to a light- hearted tale. The film ‘Elf’ would be a good example of this (directed by Jon Favreau).
Dark Fantasy = Encompasses the nastier, grimmerside to the usual fun of the fantasy genre. Darkfantasy includes the nightmarish, darker side ofmagic, creatures, evil and demons. ‘Nightmare onElm Street’ is a Dark Fantasy film however it maybe more of a Horror Film.
Epic Fantasy = Generally tales of a young nobody, thrownunexpectedly into a massive "Good vs. Evil"struggle, where he must learn to uncover his own latentheroism to save the day. Often also includes a "grail-finding" quest - regardless of whether the grail is anicon, a person, a magical talisman or any other form ofsymbolic token. Usually involves a very large cast ofcharacters and spans a vast area of a fantastical world.J.R.R. Tolkien is undoubtedly the father of this sub-genre, with his sweeping Lord of the Rings trilogy
Fairy Tales and Mythology = Fairy tales are notjust for kids! The original versions of manyfairy tales and myths were often violent storiesset in mystical lands, sometimes with strangecreatures and sometimes even stranger heroes
Heroic Fantasy = Fantastical worlds with an almostmiddle-ages feel, peopled with wizards andsorcerers, communing with dragons and riding petunicorns to tame a battalion of wild orcs andgoblins. Heroes are generally muscle-boundsword-wielding types, determined to rescue a truedamsel in distress. Magic is an accepted part oflife, although the workings of such are usually leftunexplained within this sub-genre.
High Fantasy = High Fantasy is the type of fantasy that most people expect when they regard fantasy as a genre. Includes lords and ladies, medieval styles and settings, kingdoms and castles, and dragons and knights. High fantasy, while generally rooted in classical mythology and medieval European legends, focuses its themes on Good versus Evil. Sometimes called "Epic fantasy". Often plotted to encompass three or more books.
Magic Realism = Stories where magic is an accepted part of the system and of the culture. There must always be consequences to the use of magic, or involve some form of prop to get the magic working, like an amulet, potion, talisman or incantation
Modern Fantasy = Tales of magic and wonder set in modern times. Some might regard this as the most popular sub-genre of today as there are films such as Harry Potter and the Twilight Sagas being released.
Sword and Sorcery = Good old-fashioned Sword & Sorcery. Rollicking tales of high adventure in almost medieval settings. Designed to follow the exploits of the hero as he battles to overcome all the bad guys by use of his trusty sword and some really huge muscles. Robert E. Howard brought about the rise in popularity of this sub-genre with his creation of Conan: The Barbarian
How Fantasy Films havedeveloped throughout the years….
1930’s Wizard Of Oz1939Directors - Victor Fleming, Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar AllanStarring - Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank MorganMade in Black and White, based on a childrens novel the wizard of Oz is about a girl Named Dorothy who goes on an adventure and finds magical enemies and friends along the way.
1940’SA matter of life and death1946Director Michal PowellStarring David Niven, Kim Hunter and Roger LiveseyA romantic fantasy film set In the World WarTwoReversing the effect in The Wizard of Oz, thesupernatural scenes are in "Technicolor mono-chrome"
1950’sSleeping Beauty1959Director: Clyde GeronimiStars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley and Eleanor AudleySleeping beauty is yet another fairy tale about awoman who is poisoned by a witch and is woken by akiss from a prince. In the earlier years fantasy tended toconsist of far fetched animated cartoon characters.
1960’sMary Poppins1964Director: Robert StevensonStaring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and DavidTomlinsonFilm about a nanny that has magical powers, it isalso a musical which is also common of fantasyfilms because it breaks the ‘fourth wall’
1970’sBedknobs and Broomsticks1971Director: Robert StevensonStars: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson and RoddyMcDowallAbout a magic bed which takes characters to magicallands and try to stop the Germans with their powers.
1980’sSanta Claus: The Movie1985Director: Jeannot SzwarcStarring: John Lithgow, Dudley MooreAbout Santa and his adventures, aimed at youngerchildren.
1990’sBabe1995Director: Chris NoonanVoice actors: Hugo Weaving, Danny Mann, MiriamMargolyes, Christine CavanaughYet again another animated fantasy film about farmanimals. The genre fantasy has known to be quitepopular with children as it is commonly used for ‘makebelieve’ scenarios.
2000Nanny McPhee2005Director: Kirk JonesStarring: Emma Thompson, Colin FirthIn this dark and witty fable, Emma Thompson portrays a personof unsettling appearance and magical powers who enters thehousehold of recently widowed Mr Brown and attempts to tamehis seven exceedingly ill-behaved children.
2010The Twilight saga: Eclipse2010Director: David SladeStars: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor LautnerTwilight Saga is love story about mythical creaturessuch as werewolfs and vampire’s who battle againsteach other.
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