Granny O’Grimm’s Horrible Tale of Sleeping Beauty

Granny O’Grimm’s Horrible Tale of Sleeping Beauty

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty is an acclaimed, hilarious animated short directed by Nicky Phelan, which is a 2010 Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Short Film.  The other Nominees are French Roast, Logorama, A Matter of Loaf and Death and The Lady and the Reaper.

Granny O’Grimm turns the age-old traditions of bedtime stories and fairy tales topsy-turvey.  Cleverly crafted as a mixture between a conventional fairy tale and a horror story, this animated short is a wickedly wonky re-telling of a tale that makes us laugh at the same time that its sense of bitterness makes us  reconsider the cost of marginalizing our elderly in a world that’s obsessed with youth and beauty.  It’s both amusing and terribly sad that Granny’s best attempts to be a gentle loving grandmother telling a bedtime story go so very far astray as she gets caught up in her own angry bitterness.

Granny O’Grimm’s Horrible Tale of Sleeping Beauty

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Un Tour de Manège: A Ride on a Magical Fairground Carousel

Un Tour de Manège: A Ride on a Magical Fairground Carousel

Un Tour de Manège (A Ride on a Fairground Carousel) is an enchanting animated short film by Les Manèges, four young French filmmakers from Gobelins in Paris.  The film is a metaphoric fairy tale in which a magical carousel takes a little girl on the ocean voyage of a lifetime.  It’s a story about childhood fears of early separation from the mother, and of being thrust all alone into the vast ocean of life. On the little girl’s voyage she’s adrift in the ocean where other carousels abound, some inhabited by boys with threatening wolves, and where she must navigate dangerous whirlpools with the assistance of fluttering insects.  In the end, the girl is magically saved and returned to the soothing arms of her mother, at which point she secretly turns to the audience and mischievously winks to let us know that in spite of the dangers, she had quite enjoyed herself.

Un Tour de Manège: A Ride on a Magical Fairground Carousel

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