Progressive fairy tales

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve always loved a good Cinderella adaptation.  It’s one of the most popular, well-known fairytales.  I’m fascinated by the amount of ways people can tell the same story over and over and still breathe new life into it.

Can we stop for a moment and appreciate the fact that this movie exists?

As a kid, I was obsessed with this movie.  I’d rent the VHS from our local video store countless times.  When the video store went out of business, I asked for the DVD for Christmas.  It took three years of asking for my parents to finally indulge me.

It’s not only a retelling of the classic fairytale, but a re-rendering of the classic Rogers & Hammerstein musical, complete with a handful of brand new songs.  When I was younger, I loved the romance.  I liked the pretty dresses, the over-the-top characters, and garish colors.

Now that I’m older, the movie has taken on new significance.  Yes, I still love all the cheesy parts.  But I’m starting to realize just how progressive the movie is.  Hailing from 1997, it was a Disney-sponsored production that features only four white characters (the stepmother, stepdaughter, king, and Lionel).  The main couple is African American and Asian.  And there is no racial stereotyping, no odd excuses for such casting choices.  They’re treated as any other couple in any other movie like this.  I think it’s fantastic.

Is there a fairy tale adaptation you’re head-over-heels in love with?  Tell me about it in the comments!