Which Fantasy Was Too Heavily Sanitized For Mainstream Audiences?

Mention "Disneyfication" and everybody knows what you're talking about. But the phenomenon of sanding all the rough edges off fantasy stories goes way further than cartoons, into every area of pop culture. What's the most horrible case where a fantasy lost all its darkness or complexity, to make it more popular? » 4/08/14 2:17pm 4/08/14 2:17pm

China Is Pretty Much the World's Biggest Little Mermaid Fan

So China — as in, the People’s Republic of — is really into the Little Mermaid, and not that saccharine Disney cartoon we feed our tumescent American children. The Hans Christian Andersen fairytale is apparently a huge deal in China, so much so that Denmark has been able to establish a strong diplomatic relationship… » 8/25/13 3:50pm 8/25/13 3:50pm

What if The Little Mermaid was about a mermaid who wants to snuggle…

Cats rule their humans in Yasmine Surovec's crazy-eyed webcomic Cat vs. Human, and it seems mermaids are not immune to their aloof charms. In her retelling of The Little Mermaid, a young mermaid wants to pet a cat and seeks the aid of the Sea Witch to become a cat cuddling human. Naturally, it doesn't go well. » 4/07/13 7:30am 4/07/13 7:30am

10 Creepy Details Glossed Over By Modern Versions Of Fairy Tales

In the upcoming film Snow White and the Huntsman, that classic fairy tale receives a modern rejiggering complete with a guest appearance by Thor and (hopefully) a golem made out of poison apples. » 5/30/12 11:40am 5/30/12 11:40am

Behold the dark beauty of Russia's 1968 Little Mermaid cartoon

Disney's The Little Mermaid may be the best-known animated film based on Hans Christian Andersen's short story, but it was by no means the first. This Russian film, directed by Ivan Aksenchuk in 1968, uses a variety of animation styles to capture the sad tone of the tragic fairy tale, from the horrors of the mermaid's … » 4/08/12 3:30pm 4/08/12 3:30pm