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10 of our fave fairy tale to film adaptations…


The Huntsman: Winter’s War‘ brings the beloved childhood story featuring Snow White to life. To celebrate it’s release we’ve put together a list of our fave fairy tales that have hit the big screen.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron return to their roles in ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’. An epic action-adventure in which they are joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.

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1. Tangled105158-Tangled-Rapunzel-twirling-gif-RcFnIn 2010, Disney brought the classic fairy tale ‘Rapunzel’ to life in a retelling named ‘Tangled’. Featuring the voices of Mandy Moore as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi as Flynn Rider.

The story follows a young adventurer who lets down 70 feet of her enchanted blonde hair in an action-packed expedition alongside a charismatic outlaw.

Fun fact: Whilst the film is based on Rapunzel, the film was given the title “Tangled” in a bid to appeal to both male and female viewers.

2. MaleficentMaleficent2The untold story of the iconic villain from ‘Sleeping Beauty’ takes the spotlight in this vengeful masterpiece. Angelina Jolie stars in the lead role.

Maleficent has placed an evil curse on the King’s daughter Aurora. As Aurora grows older she discovers that she holds the key to peace in the kingdom — and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness.

Fun fact: Three of Jolie’s children—Pax, Zahara and Vivienne—all had cameos as young royals in the film.

3. Cinderellagiphy (9)There have been many adaptations of this classic tale. Disney themselves have remade it twice, once in animation (1950) and then as a live action film (2015).

In the latest remake Lily James filled the glass slippers of Cinderella. It also starred Cate Blanchett (Stepmother), Richard Madden (Prince) and Helena Bonham Carter (Fairy Godmother).

The film featured incredible costume designed by Sandy Powell, who has been nominated for an incredible 11 Oscars – 3 of which she won.

Fun fact: A total of 10,000 Swarovski crystals were placed one-by-one in Lily James’ (Cinderella) dress and hair.

4. The Princess and the Frog
tiana-kiss-frogBased on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, ‘The Frog Prince’, this classic legend is an animated comedy set in the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

This modern twist features a hardworking waitress named Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose). There is also a frog prince (voiced by Bruno Campos) who desperately wants to be human again. There is a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through New Orleans.

Fun fact: The Princess and the Frog is the first Disney movie to feature an African-American princess.

5. Shrektumblr_inline_ml38ze2eRP1qz4rgp‘Shrek’ stars a range of fairy tale faves including: The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears, Peter Pan, Pinocchio and Snow White.

The story sees an ogre named Shrek on a mission to reclaim his swamp from the evil Lord Farquaad. The film includes the voices of: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow.

Fun fact: Eddie Murphy’s BAFTA nomination for his voiceover performance, was the first of its kind for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

6. Beauty and the Beast
beauty-and-the-beast-gif‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a timeless classic based on the French fairy tale with the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

This animated musical is a romantic fantasy between a young prince who was turned into a Beast. And Belle, a beautiful woman whom he’s kept imprisoned in his castle.

Fun fact: A live action retelling of this classic is being made, which will see Emma Watson star as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

7. Hook
0f4ea10d6511c7c8ff15a29ff7dd4860Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook’ sees a grown up Peter Pan (Robin Williams) return to Neverland to challenge his old enemy Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman).

The film starred some great talent including: Julia Roberts (Tinkerbell), Bob Hoskins (Smee) and Maggie Smith (Granny Wendy). Who didn’t want to hang out in the Lost Boys home when they watched this film?! Bangarang!

Fun fact: Maggie Smith was only 56 years old at the time of filming. She was aged by makeup to play Granny Wendy, as a 92 year-old. Amazing, right?!

8. Jack the Giant Slayertumblr_inline_mg77fwhAmN1qboe61‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is a classic English tale that was brought to the big screen in 2013 by ‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer.

As with all of the re-telling’s of the classic tale, there are magic beans, a beanstalk and giants. However one plot point which differs is that instead of being sent by his mother to sell a cow Jack is sent by his uncle to sell a horse. This then leads to the purchase of magic beans!

Fun fact: Stanley Tucci was the only non-Brit cast member and adopted a British accent for his role of Roderick. Whatta lad!
9. Enchanted
tumblr_m3lsz0I2Pe1rv77s6o1_500What begins as a typical animated fairy tale quickly changes when the characters are abruptly thrust into the all too real world of New York City. Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is banished by the evil Queen Narissa before she is due to wed her prince, drams!

The “real world” of America is a shock to Giselle as she realises that not everywhere operates on a “happily ever after” basis. And she is soon stuck between two men – Prince Edward and New York Lawyer Robert Philip… mega drams!

Fun fact: The film was nominated three times in the Oscar category for Best Song
10. Into the Woods
tumblr_nem3iwrIQO1swhep0o2_500‘Into The Woods’ brings together a number of Brothers Grimm fairy tale faves including: Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood.

The film stars a top Hollywood cast including: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp.

Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role as the evil Witch who sent the baker and his wife on a hunt for magical items to reverse the curse she set upon them.

Fun fact: Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine once got lost in the all too big and realistic set of the woods that a production assistant had to come to their rescue!

The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands.. How are the fates of Eric the Huntsman and Queen Ravenna deeply and dangerously intertwined?

To find out head to the cinema on April 4 when ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ hits the big screen. 

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Written by Hannah Lovejoy

I'm the Film & TV Channel Manager at MP! I love sitcoms and Rosa Diaz is my spirit animal. I probably drink too much coffee - also guilty of quoting Hamilton The Musical on a daily basis. Tweet me @HanLovejoy!

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