Contemporary Literature

One of the most influential re-tellers of fairy tales is Walt Disney. Disney and his cartoon movies of classic tales like "Snow White" have become world famous and what many think of when they think about fairy tales. It is true that without Disney interpretations of these fairy tales that many around the world would not know about these classic stories, but one must analyze what Disney does to the traditional stories that makes them so appealing. Walt Disney is a re-teller of these tales so there are elements of his re-tellings that are different from the way these tales were told before his movies

pushed fairy tales into the limelight. One of the biggest differences is that Disney tended to focus on and emphasize the importance of love and romantic relationships in many of his interpretations of traditional fairy tales. While in many traditional versions of stories like "Snow White" and "Sleeping Beauty" the love aspect is not the central focus, Disney plays up the romance and makes it the central theme of his version of the tales. Looking at the traditional versions of these tales and them comparing them to the Disney versions shows that while Walt Disney became an extremely famous re-teller of fairy tales, his emphasis on love and romance fundamentally changes the interpretation of these classic fairy tales.  This fundamental difference between the classic fairy tales and Walt Disney's re-tellings changes the purpose of the tales on the audience that reads and watches these tales. Through the examination of Disney's re-tellings of traditional fairy tales such as "Snow White," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Beauty and the Beast" it is clear to see that his emphasis on the love aspect of these tales truly changes much of the story.

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