Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales

Fairy tales exist in every culture, and are likely as old as human language itself. We look at why these tales endure and how they are re-imagined in stories, books, and movies.

Fairy tales are told in every culture, and are likely as old as human language itself. Hollywood has long been under their spell, and this year alone eight movies that retell a fairy-tale are coming out, including two featuring Snow White. Television is also reinterpreting familiar tales, with "Grimm," "Once Upon a Time," and "Neverland" on screens now. We look at why these stories endure, and take a look at how they're being re-imagined.


Jack Zipes

Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota; author, "The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre" (April, 2012); editor, "Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales;" and "The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films"

Nell Minow

Movie critic for Beliefnet.com and author of "The Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies," (2nd Edition)(iUniverse, Inc).

Chris Epting

Pop culture writer and author of "Hello, It's Me - Dispatches from a Pop Culture Junkie"

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Once Upon A Time


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