Hansel and Gretel – a thrilling grim version by Neil Gaiman


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#2

If you look into them, almost all fairy tales are horror stories. This is why children need them.


#3

I think Hänsel and Gretel is one that is pretty grim even in the popular versions. Not even Disney managed to turn that one into something cute.


#4

Check out the movie “Whoever slew Auntie Roo” with Shelly Winters.


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(Disney Television Studios, circa 1982)

PRODUCER: “Here’s a plot outline about child abandonment, enslavement, imprisonment, witchcraft, murder and cannibalism. We need to turn it into a family film appropriate for all ages. You have until Thursday.”

TIM BURTON: “Can it have Kung Fu and robots?”

PRODUCER: “Sure, why not.”


#6

Are we sure that Wikipedia didn’t dream that?


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We are talking early 80s Hollywood, so I imagine there was a whole lot of cocaine involved.


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Why do I need Neil Gaiman’s remake?


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Because his money pit isn’t quite overflowing enough


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Because Neil Gaiman?


#11

Neil Gaiman was on Arthur? How did I miss that? Well other than not really watching TV for a long long time.


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And the Simpsons…


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I know we’re all supposed to think Neil Gaiman hung the Moon, but I just . . . . don’t. I’ve read a couple of his novels, including American Gods, and found them interesting ideas coupled to pedestrian execution. It’s rather like Stephen King creating the Dark Tower world and then telling a story in it about selling used cars.


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As long as Alan Moore is staying away from the story.

If he got his mitts on it there would be a lot of freaky tantric/incest bits in there. I still have PTSD from Lost Girls.


#15

Fair enough. I happen to love his work. Each to their own!


#16

Sandman was freakin great at the time, it made his reputation. I’ve been less and less impressed with everything he’s done since but I dont begrudge him his (supposed) $18M fortune either.


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