From Grimm to Disney was actually my first choice for a First Year Seminar. I have always loved Disney movies and all the Princesses. In my ninth grade English class, we had to read the Grimm version of The Little Mermaid and it was a bit… strange, but definitely interesting. It made me wonder how Disney could turn such a horrible story into some sort of fairy tale. Whenever I would play with Barbie dolls or any kind of dolls for that matter, when I was a little girl, I would always have the girl doll in some sort of distress where the boy doll would have to come in and save her. When I saw this FYS as an option I knew I wanted to take it! In this seminar I hope to get a better understanding of why the Grimm’s stories were so gruesome and the true morals that Disney changed for each story.
To be honest, my favorite fairy tale is a hard tie between Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and The Little Mermaid. When I was little, I was Belle from Beauty and the Beast for Halloween for probably five years straight. I just love everything about Beauty and the Beast! Also, I love Pocahontas. I love the songs, and the characters, and event the fact that it is a true story. And then there’s The Little Mermaid; she’s a mermaid, you can’t get much better than that. You see, it’s impossible to choose a favorite from these three; they’re all so great that there’s not one that stands above the others.