Mimi's FYS Grimm to Disney Blog

The original Grimm tale of Hansel &Gretel and the MGM version of Hansel & Gretel are similar and different in many ways. The Grimm tale portrays the mother as a mean, selfish, and uncaring. The family is poor and there is barely any food left. She tells her husband that they will go into the woods and lead their children into the woods so deep so that they cannot find their way back. In both the film and the book the mother is struggling to provide for her family. You have the dad who loves his children dearly and opposes the idea of leaving them in the woods. In the Grimm tale, Hansel starts out making a trail of pebbles as they get deeper into the woods so they can find their way back. The second time he uses bread crumbs to make a trail but then realizes the animals ate the trail therefore they were lost and could not find their way back. In the film the mother is more caring and truly loves her children. Although she yells at them constantly there is still a caring relationship between her and the kids. When the mother comes back to see that her custard and milk was eaten by the goat she is furious, she sends both Hansel & Gretel out into the woods to pick berries. Hansel uses the bread crumbs that the bakery man gave Gretel to make a trail. After finding the berries Hansel & Gretel are lost because the trail of bread crumbs were eaten by the birds. In the Grimm tale the two children stumble upon a house made out of candy. However the gingerbread house in the film is more sophisticated then the one in the Grimm tale. The one in the Grimm tale seems to be made out of cardboard, very plain and dull. In the movie it is this big beautiful delicious house flourishing with candy all around it. The witches differ too because the one in the book is disguised as a man witch and the other one is a women figure. In both versions they are invited into the house to have some food. Later on they realize the grandma is a mean old witch who wants to eat them. The cage in which Hansel is kept it is located differently in both versions. In the Grimm tale Hansel is placed in a cage outside and in the film Hansel is placed in a cage inside the house. In both versions the witch is very mean, ugly and have a good sense of smell. The eyesight of the witches are clearly bad therefore both witches wear an eyeglass around the neck. The way the children defeat the witch are different in both versions. In the Grimm tale Gretel pushes the witch into the oven as the witch was demonstrating how to go into the oven. In the film Gretel takes the witches big stick and reverses the spell hanging her by rope over a stew into the oven. After the children see the witch has died the other children that were trapped in the Gingerbreads were free and the whole house started to melt away. In the Grimm tale Hansel & Gretel cross a river by riding a swan and find their way back home. When they get home the stepmother has died and the father was happy and overjoyed to see his children. In the film Hansel & Gretel run into the father as they find their way back. Both parents are extremely happy to see their and children and they also got the witches treasure. In both versions they lived happily ever after and did not have to live in poverty anymore. The movie directors made these changes because they wanted to show the differences in how a movie can be portrayed. They want to make the audience feelings and emotions change and not be so stuck on one version. The tale is very dull and plain but then the changes made in the film made the audience excited and intrigued.


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