inspired by “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen
If you are a regular visitor to these premises, you will know that I am a Disney freak from way back. My favorite Disney movie has always been The Hunchback of Notre Dame (rivaled only by Atlantis: The Lost Empire for hipster cred), I followed Tangled religiously through pre-production (all that gorgeous concept art!), and, despite my own vague distaste for Beauty and the Beast, I take an almost personal pride in the fact that its success shook Hollywood so badly that the Best Animated Film Oscar had to be created.
edited by Clare McBride
Cautionary Tales collects the original folk tales behind the Disney animated features in their most enduring forms, from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” (adapted in 1989) to Charles Perrault’s “Cinderella” (adapted in 1950) to the Brothers Grimm’s rendition of “Rapunzel” (adapted in 2010 into Tangled). Each folk tale has a particular message, whether it’s a gentle jab at gender relations in “The Ballad of Mulan” or teaching young girls how to cope with arranged marriages in “Beauty and the Beast”—in the end, they’re all cautionary tales.
…Yeah, I thought the Dragon*Con anthology was going to be my first anthology. Go figure! This idea grabbed me in February and wouldn’t let go, leaving me to spend a couple of weeks compiling and then learning how to create ebooks. It’s certainly been a learning experience! I’m actually really glad that this is my first digital anthology; it means the Dragon*Con anthology will be a lot easier to put together. Since tomorrow is my birthday, this is my birthday gift to you—I hope you like it!
The Little Mermaid
Based on the short story “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen
When I was a wee lass, my Disney movies were The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Pocahontas, which, I suppose, explains a great deal about me. I didn’t encounter the earlier Golden Age Disney princesses until much later; while I always enjoyed Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid were problematic for me–we’ll get to Beauty and the Beast sometime in the future. Recently, though, I rewatched The Little Mermaid while reading Ariel as transhuman to give her a chance. Surprisingly, it improved–but there were still some problems.