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Twisted Tales

Twisted Tales is a collection of short films that take traditional fairy tales and add a twist – and often more than one. Some of the tales are famous – like Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood – and some of them are less well known – such as Mother Hulde – but all are retold with a twist in this entertaining new production.

 


Original Tale: Cinderella by Charles Perrault

Twist: Gender switching

Most people are familiar with the original tale of Cinderella: a wicked stepmother and ugly stepsisters, a beautiful girl treated like a servant who goes to a ball with help from her Fairy Godmother and meets and marries Prince Charming.

Twisted Tales’ version, written by Kate Weber, reverses most of the genders and sets up Cinderella not as a servant, but working on a family farm and being happy and content with her lot in life. Going to a ball and marrying a prince is the last thing on her mind.

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Get behind-the-scenes info and more at the Cinderella Production Diary!

 


Original Tale: Little Red Riding Hood by The Brothers Grimm

Twist: Different Setting – Modern Day

There have been many retellings of Little Red Riding Hood with different twists to the basic plot of a girl getting led astray by a wolf and either being eaten by the wolf or saved by a hunter/woodsman.

Twisted Tales version, by Eleanore Stasheff, is a dark, modern retelling of the beloved classic. When a naive girl is led astray by an escaped convict, her only hope lies in the bounty hunter who is tracking him down, and where Red, the convict’s partner, is anything but innocent.
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Original Tale: Legends of Kitta Gray, Swedish Folktales

Twist: Serialized adventure and different Setting – modern day

There are a lot of folktales about people tricking the Devil, but the tales of Kitta Gray are unique because she challenges the Devil not to get out of a deal with him, but just so she can say she beat him. She not only beats him, she tricks him more than once and people start coming to her for help. The other unique thing about Kitta Gray is that she is not the beautiful young heroine found in most folktales, she is in fact an ugly old crone.

Twisted Tales’ version, written by Eleanore Stasheff, sets the tale in the modern world and in a way picks up where the folktales end. Kitta Gray (younger and prettier, but still not conventionally pretty) suffers from the sin of pride once she wins bragging rights on beating the Devil, and the only way to redeem herself is to help people get out of deals with the Devil. The format is almost an introduction to a series of short films or a TV show.

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Original Tale: Snow White/Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty/Beauty and the Beast

Twist: After the Happily Ever After

Most fairy tales end with Happily Ever After, but everyone knows life isn’t really like that. Also, Prince Charming appears in a lot of Fairy Tales.

Twisted Tales’ take on this, written by Eleanore Stasheff, is four fairy tale princesses getting together for a picnic years after they are married. Snow White, Cinderella, Briar Rose, and Belle talk about their lives and three of them discover their absent husbands have a lot in common. The twist is not a new one, but it’s told in a fun new way.

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Original Tale: Mother Hulda by The Brothers Grimm

Twist: Different Setting – Modern Day

The original tale features a wicked stepmother, a lazy stepsister, and a hardworking heroine who chases a spindle down a magic well and meets Mother Hulde, a magical being who puts her to work as a servant but sends her home again with an apron full of gold. When the lazy sister tries to repeat the adventure she is sent home covered in pitch.

Twisted Tales’ version, written by Diana Neatrour, sets the tale in modern day and celebrates the idea that completing a task isn’t just about working hard, it’s about being smart.

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Check out some special behind the scenes info and footage for Hulde!

 

 


Original Tale: Cinderella by Charles Perrault

Twist: Serialized adventure and Different Setting – Modern Day

Not all versions of Cinderella have a Fairy Godmother, so where did she come from? How does one get a Fairy Godmother and more importantly how does one become a Fairy Godmother?

Twisted Tales’ take on this, written by Eleanore Stasheff, is an apparently ordinary woman landing a new job as a Fairy Godmother and, assuming it’s an acting gig, is unprepared for the new world of magic she discovers. In her first assignment she has to help a modern Cinderella get the man of her dreams. The format is almost an introduction to a series of short films or a TV show.

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Original Tale: The Stranger Child, a Legend by Count Franz Pocci

Twist: Different Setting – Modern Day, Gender/Character Switching

There are many myths and folktales about the kindness of strangers. The
Stranger Child is a German legend about a poor woodcutter and his family (wife
and two kids) who have very little. On Christmas Eve a mysterious child shows
up at their door, begging for food and a place to stay. They welcome the child and share their food with him and the children give their bed to him. In the middle
of the night the children are woken up by a strange light. The visiting child
reveals himself as the Christ child and angels arrive outside and herald him. He
promises to reward the family for their kindness.

Twisted Tales’ version, written by Eleanore Stasheff, sets the tale in modern day, with a father and daughter, and changes the stranger from the Christ child to his mother Mary.

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