Mirror Mirror on the wall, it seems Snow White is still the fairest of them all. With ABC’s new hit series “Once Upon Time” and two feature films on the way, what is it about this fairy tale heroine that has captivated us for centuries?
As you well may know, Snow White was the very first animated Disney princess, chosen by Walt Disney himself. And since Disney-ABC television group has exclusive trademark rights to the names Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezey, Bashful, Dopey and Doc, The ABC program will be the only place where you can see these familiar characters in their Disney likeness. Universal Pictures’ version starring Kristin Stewart and Charlize Theron will feature dwarves named Caesar, Nero, Muir, Coll, Duir, Quert, Gort and Gus… and that’s right, you counted eight.
While both ABC and Universal Pictures are giving the exiled princess a new role, that of a tougher heroine who can fight for herself; That is… until she craves a fruity snack. Relativity Media’s story promises a more whimsical familiar take on the fairytale, starring Lily Collins as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the evil queen.
While I was initially disappointed with Universal’s take on the story, with it’s recent theatrical trailer release featuring Charlize Theron’s queen literally sucking the life out of a young girl so that she may maintain her youthful beauty, as well as a creep-tastic mirror that melts and molds itself into a brooding hooded figure who’s words send Charlize’s queen into her famous murderous quest. I must say, I’m definitely excited to see this movie.
And what about “Once Upon a Time”? Obsessed! I like to refer to my generation as the Peter Pan generation, we don’t want to grow up, so we’ve brought all the fun, games and fairytales with us. Not to mention a serious lack of shame about it. Personally, I love how ABC is retelling us their versions of the classic fairytales, primarily Snow White’s forest shenanigans with the prince, their love story and the other classic characters. Ginnifer Goodwin is magnificent in this role weighted against an equally marvelous Lana Parrilla as The Evil Queen.
I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit that I don’t think anything on television has shocked me so much as when Rumplestiltskin killed Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother to accrue a deal from the naive gold digger. Again… OBSESSED. And don’t even get me started on True Blood’s Kristin Bauer van Straten (Vampire Pam) as Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.
Thanks to it’s unique storyline, wonderful cast and brilliant guessing games, Once Upon a Time is here to stay, and only time will tell which movie fairs better.