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The Skeleton Dance

Posted by shanoah on January 27, 2009

Sure Disney movies feature Murder, Betrayal, Wrath, and Vengance. For the most part, they are based on traditional fairy tales, and are basically watered down versions of thr ones you know, which in turn are watered down versions of the originals.

Take Little Red Riding Hood. In early versions of that story, she eats dinner with the wolf, and the dinner is actually her dead grandmother. The wolf has her throw all her clothes on the fire, crawl into bed, and then he eats her. No woodchopper; the story ends right there.

And realize that most fairytales involving evil step-parents originally just featured evil parents, no “step” about it. At that, there have been some good modern-day creepy versions of these tales, like Neil Gaimans take on Snow White (Snow, Glass, Apples). Oh, and you forgot to mention the whole “cutting out her heart” bit in that film. The original versions of Snow White were pretty bad, too.

And Disney steals most of it’s ideas these days, so the themes will seep in. Disney used to be more original, though. Here’s an older Disney clip:

The Skeleton Dance – Silly Symphony

This was released in 1929. No real explanation for the events that happen, just skeletons, and a dance. And skeleton pogo sticks.

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2 Responses to “The Skeleton Dance”

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  2. Elliot Lake said

    Realize that the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales (which are the root of most of Disney fairy tales) are a rather slanted collection. They may have also (if I remember correctly; college was a long time ago) have tinted the stories to suit their own personal kink. As certainly did Bruno Bettleheim (his “the Uses of Enchantment” are an exercise in Freudian pathology; the man saw phallic imagery in everthing longer than it is wide, and sexually charged overtones to almost every human interaction. Off his meds, I expect).

    Lots of other cultures’ tales are lighter than the Germanic ones, the just didn’t get all the publicity the ones the Grimms copied.

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