Sunday, September 16, 2012

MGM vs. Grimm

I was very surprised about the large differences between the original Grimm version of Hansel and Gretel and the version created by MGM. The obvious differences started with the portrayal of the mother and how she actually cared when her children are lost and did not deliberately mean to send them into the forest. She attempted to help the father search for them and I believe MGM made this change to make the mother seem nicer and more family oriented. The movie was also different with the children being turned into gingerbread men and then being set free once the curse was broken. I preferred the Grimm version because of its illustration of the abandonment of the children because of the selfish needs of the parents. The children also became independent in the movie and I believe this was kept to show the hope kept alive in the children for their escape from the witch. MGM like Disney had to make changes to make the movies relevant to the current trends and keep society happy.

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