Episode #282: But I Believe Elsa Can Save the World

It might not technically be an adaptation, but the hosts couldn’t resist talking about Frozen II (2019): the emotional new songs, cute new sidekicks, and Kristoff’s Best Boyfriend award.

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Adaptation #70: What Frozen Things Do In Summer

header070The hosts think that even ‘loosely adapted’ is being a little too generous with Frozen, Disney’s version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. But they are able to find a few elements of similarity as well as a multitude of reasons to love the film, including the sister-driven plot, the love story red herring and of course, the reindeer duet.

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For similar adaptations, check out our episodes on Epic, Once Upon a Time, Snow White, Emma and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

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Cinderella Gets a Character Makeover of YOUR Own Making

There’s no doubt that fairy tales are getting modern twists nowadays—particularly in the form of the heroines.  From TV shows (Once Upon a Time), to books (Cinder, The Stepsister Scheme), to movies (Snow White and the Huntsman), the heroines who were once so familiarly—and annoyingly—docile have been completely revamped.  They have shown us that Snow White can kick butt just as thoroughly as Prince Charming.

Simply put, being a “fairy tale princess” doesn’t mean what it used to.

The visual novel Cinders reportedly puts the changing heroine archetype to the test—no easy feat, considering the popularity of the story.  In my experience, Cinderella is probably the most retold tale of them all.  Sure, we’ve seen an influx of Snow White this past year, what with the two new movies that have come out just in the last few months.  But in general?  Cinderella seems to be the popular tale to tell—and I think I’ve seen every possible take on her character.  She was docile in the 1950 Disney version, feisty in Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted, and even a mixture of both in The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines—not to mention slightly OCD.

However, what sounds particularly interesting about this newest take on the Cinderella tale is that the player is given the choice to make the character into what they want her to be.   Created by indie developer MoaCube, this ‘game’ turns the often-told Cinderella story into a virtual version of a Choose Your Own Adventure book, giving all of us fairy tale fans the opportunity to write the story our own way.  Whether you want to follow the original fairy tale or you prefer to stage an intense Cinderella-rebellion, this game offers options for everyone and anyone.

And after you’ve written your ‘happily ever after’, you could reboot your own character and explore the path(s) left untraveled.  The options seem endless, and I can’t wait to test them all!

As for you, what would you choose?  Leave your thoughts below!

Update: Check out this awesome promo video for the game!

Disney Releases Synopsis for ‘Frozen’

Based on Hans Christen Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Disney began working on its version of the tale back in 2010, but put it on hold because of ‘story issues.’ Production is now surging forward with a release date set for November 2013 and cast announcements that include Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Idina Menzel (Wicked). In its official press release, Disney gave this synopsis:

In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Click here for the full press release.

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