Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Real Grimm Fairytales Were REALLY Grim

AVONDALE, Ariz. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The upcoming Matt Damon film, The Brothers Grimm, presents a darker side of fairy tales, but the stories that inspired the film are even grimmer.

According to storyteller K. Sean Buvala, many of the original Grimm fairy tales were quite violent before they became “Disneyfied.”

For instance, the original Cinderella has a scene where an evil stepsister cuts off her foot so it fits in the glass slipper while a tale called 7 Ravens features a girl who saves her brothers by cutting off her fingers.

Even more gruesome: In the original Little Red Riding Hood, Red and her grandmother are actually eaten by the wolf and saved when the hunter slices the wolf open with an axe.

Buvala says the mutilations are meant to promote the importance of sacrifice and believes the original Grimm tales are no more violent than the average videogame.

Still, he admits the stories are probably more appropriate for teenagers than toddlers.

The Brothers Grimm opens in theaters on Friday (Aug. 26), the same day Buvala releases Unvarnished Tales, a CD featuring the grim original versions.

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