Riffing on several fairy tales and littered with pop culture references, Shrek positioned itself as animation’s dirty alternative to Disney classics.
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Released in 2001, it was the first film to really give Pixar a run for its money.
Produced during a crisis, an emerging collection of books talk to kids about coronavirus.
Smiling schoolboys reveal their missing teeth.
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During this unsettling time, global leaders have assured children and adults alike that the tooth fairy, free from the risk of infection, is indeed an essential worker.
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The latest fairy tale movie from Disney has a dark twist, so it's right on trend.
An illustration of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Brave Little Tailor.
Fairy stories come alive in the telling — and the retelling.
Fairy tales are extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong.
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Why grown-ups still need fairy tales.
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We consciously and unconsciously tell fairy tales today, despite advances in logic and science. It’s as if there is something ingrained in us that compels us to see the world through this lens.
Jenny Agutter and Laura Main in Call the Midwife.
BBC's Call the Midwife is a celebration of working class women's labour. In its frank, but sweet, discussion of childbirth, it has much in common with fairy tales.
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The row over Sleeping Beauty is just the latest in a long history of controversy surrounding fairy tales for children.
The famous ‘kiss’ scene from Sleeping Beauty.
Fairytales are increasingly being targeted for giving girls inappropriate messages. But these stories have always evolved with the times, and talk of banning them is misguided.
Edmund Dulac’s 1910 illustration of Sleeping Beauty.
Fairy tales can be brutal, violent, sexual and laden with taboo. But they are are excellent narratives with which to think through a range of human experiences: from disappointment, and fear to envy and grief.
Children’s books were historically moralising and instructive. What’s changed?
Children’s literature may be a modern genre, but there is a long history of writing for children with some surprisingly unchanging elements.
In the Fir Tree, children stamp on a discarded – but feeling – Christmas tree.
The Fir Tree, illustrated by George Dalziel and Edward Dalziel, from Out of the Heart: Spoken to the Little Ones, 1867
The Industrial Revolution choked English cities in smog, filled rivers with waste and spread disease in crowded cities. At the same time, fairy tales about humans destroying nature proliferated.
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Banksy has pulled off a modern retelling of ancient fairy tales.
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