Adapting Hans Christian Anderson

May 7, 2015

“The stories of Hans Christian Andersen don’t always have endings that allow the characters in them or the reader much closure. You can’t predict the ending of Andersons’ fairy tales. They teach you to retrospect though. “

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You’ve heard, or read, or watched the stories of The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Princess and the Pea. You might also recall, The Emperor’s New Clothes or Groove as it is now commonly referred to. The origins of these stories come from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. And what a master storyteller was he.

The other day, my friend and I were discussing Disney and other animated films that we loved –‘cause who doesn’t love a bit of animation? – When we decided to re watch Thumbelina. Not remembering a whole lot of the story other than it features a pretty little thing no higher than an inch who falls for a Fairy Prince, and also a Spanish, busty, lip-sticked toad. We thought what better way to spend the evening than revisiting one of the loves of our childhood.

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