FILMMAKERS AND FOLKTALES
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
THE ORIGINAL TALE
As we examine Beauty and the Beast, what elements are there for
entertainment for adults?
• What indicat...
WALT DISNEY
A DISNEY MOVIE
 glorifies individualism and reinforces the Disney way
 controls children’s interests and consumer tastes...
AS WE WATCH DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE
BEAST, HOW DO ZIPES’ INTERPRETATIONS
APPLY?
JIM HENSON
THE STORY
TELLER
A HENSON FILM
 is daring and innovative
 uses shortcuts such as having a narrator tell the story or
silhouettes
 has pu...
AS WE WATCH HENSON’S HANS MY HEDGEHOG
(ANOTHER VERSION OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,
HOW DO ZIPES’ INTERPRETATIONS APPLY?
HOMEWORK
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies 525-533
"Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper" 534-537
"Ashputtle" 538-541
"Th...
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  1. 1. FILMMAKERS AND FOLKTALES
  2. 2. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  3. 3. THE ORIGINAL TALE As we examine Beauty and the Beast, what elements are there for entertainment for adults? • What indicates the change in class of the merchant? • What indicates the sisters’ obsession with class/status? • What indicates the status of the beast? • What indicates the suitors’ fixation on status and wealth? • What place does marriage and romance have in this tale? • What place does commitment to promise/ deception have? Then, what are the moral aspects that keep the story in collections of folktales for children? •How does Beauty represent good: a good daughter, a kind sister, a person of character? •How do the sisters represent bad, women without moral character? •What makes the Beast a sympathetic character? •What does the punishment of the sisters and the reward of Beauty and the Beast teach children?
  4. 4. WALT DISNEY
  5. 5. A DISNEY MOVIE  glorifies individualism and reinforces the Disney way  controls children’s interests and consumer tastes  represents American values, the vision of eternal youth and beauty  has characters that are lifeless, one-dimensional, uniform  includes singing to help reveal the characters’ innermost thoughts,  always ends happily  avoids anything complicated or confusing  teaches that only the good will inherit the earth  adds funny and adorable characters that can take over the plot  is infantilized, does not  shows a well-ordered, clean world  focuses on male heroes and male prowess  has rigid sexist and racist notions
  6. 6. AS WE WATCH DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HOW DO ZIPES’ INTERPRETATIONS APPLY?
  7. 7. JIM HENSON THE STORY TELLER
  8. 8. A HENSON FILM  is daring and innovative  uses shortcuts such as having a narrator tell the story or silhouettes  has puppet dog as the skeptic who plays the doubter in the audience  goes against the Disney image  includes characters who deal with personal struggle, conflict with parents, suffering  emphasizes the values characters are portraying: sincerity and loyalty, strength and weaknesses; values are clearly expressed  shows the narrator is both inside and outside the narration and is actively involved with the audience who interrupts, questions, mocks, laughs and sighs  has no clear line between reality and fantasy
  9. 9. AS WE WATCH HENSON’S HANS MY HEDGEHOG (ANOTHER VERSION OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HOW DO ZIPES’ INTERPRETATIONS APPLY?
  10. 10. HOMEWORK Saturday Afternoon at the Movies 525-533 "Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper" 534-537 "Ashputtle" 538-541 "The Indian Cinderella" 542-543 "The Princess Who Wore a Hachi" 363 – 36

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