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Random Amusement: Fairy Tale Movies

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Disney has the lion's share of this market, usually for good reason. Has anyone else managed to perfect that combination of public domain stories with catchy songs and talking animals and/or inanimate objects that results in ridiculous amounts of money? And then successfully merchandise the heck out of it?

But that doesn't mean there aren't other entertaining movies out there based on our favorite Grimm, Anderson and Lang tales. Some of them entertain us for the wrong reasons, but we're all allowed our guilty pleasures. ;) With that, I give you some fairy tale inspired movies I enjoyed.


Most of these make me laugh and have some priceless dialogue. Example: "You should write a book: how to offend women in five syllables or less." And, of course, "Inconceivable!"

The one most people might not be familiar with is "Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater." It's an older work with short adaptations of lots of tales and fables, but it has a lot of big names you'll recognize. Like Robin Williams in "The Frog Prince," and a very young Matthew Broderick is the prince in "Cinderella."

Have you seen any of these? Have any other fairy tale favorites?

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  1. The Swan Princess is one of my all time favs <3

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  2. Fairy Tale movies (and books for that matter) are always good. The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies ever! :)

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    1. As it should be! Although I'm ashamed to say I haven't read the book, though I can't imagine it topping those performances.

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    2. The book is good and worth reading, but I have to say the movie is still my favorite ;)

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  3. The only one of those I haven't seen is Penelope. I've seen The Princess Bride so much, I can pretty much quote the movie from any character. *grins* It's usually followed by Legend and Labyrinth.

    Other favorites are: Rogers & Hammerstein's The Slipper and the Rose, Ever After, A Little Princess, & Nanny McPhee.

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    1. I've seen Labyrinth, but I haven't seen Legend or The Slipper and the Rose yet. I'll have to look for them!

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  4. Wow, I've only seen four of these! (Princess Bride, Stardust, Enchanted, and Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella) I'll have to add all the others to my "to-be-watched" list!

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    1. I think a couple of them are still on Netflix, and I actually have the Faerie Tale Theater DVD set. Haven't watched it in a long while, but I have it. :)

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  5. I loved Stardust! I can't remember if I've seen The Swan Princess, I feel like I have. I loved The Princess Bride too, soooo good :D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. If you've seen The Swan Princess, I'm sure it'll all start coming back with a few lines of song. "What if Odette doesn't go for the merger? Urge her!" Yep, that rhyme from "This Isn't My Idea of Fun" still cracks me up. :D And all the yes to The Princess Bride!

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  6. Fairy Tale Theater sounds great! I'll have to see if my library carries it. I couldnt watch Stardust. I tried to right after I finished the book, but the trailer made it look wildly different than the book.

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    1. Just be prepared for a little corniness. ;) I haven't read Stardust the book, though my sister did and said it was very different (and less enjoyable) than the movie. If you have a chance, I'd recommend watching it. It has a very "Princess Bride" feel to it. :)

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