Thursday, July 12, 2012

Movies: Oz: The Great and Powerful

Ok, folks. I am breaking my rule here. I have always insisted that Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz are not fairy tales. They did not start out in oral tradition, they were invented by white guys within the last two hundred years and written as children's books. Do we call The Chronicles of Narnia fairy tales? What about Un Lun Dun? And, of course, the opposition argues that Hans Christian Anderson did the exact same thing. And Oscar Wilde. Why do we count those? And then I would say, but fairy tales have little characterization and are always short. Blah blah, back and forth. Feel free to weigh in in the comment section.

HOWEVER. I'm actually getting a little excited for the new movie coming out, Oz: The Great and Powerful. Io9 has brought my attention to this interesting behind the scenes video:

While we didn't really get to see any of the setting, and James Franco as an actor still worries me, the characterization of Oz sounds really interesting and spot on. And he and Mila Kunis are in love with the BOOKS, not just the movie, which is fantastic! 

Still could be a train wreck, but I am hopeful! 

1 comment:

  1. Oh! I've always considered The Chronicles of Narnia fairy tales!

    I remember reading somewhere that fairy tales are just literary (as in written) folk tales, but I don't know anything about that.