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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fractured Fairy Tales


Fractured Fairy Tales by A. J. Jacobs

As part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Jay Ward produced 91 cartoons between 1953 and 1964 in a series called "Fractured Fairy Tales," humorous retellings of classic fairy tales narrated by Edward Everett Horton and written by the staff writers for the show. This book, written by A. J. Jacobs in 1997, takes 25 of those cartoons and adapts them as short fairy tales. Some references are updated for a new audience but he is fairly faithful to the scripts and does well at turning them into stories. While Jacobs' retellings are funny and faithful to the originals, they have a limited appeal now that all of the original cartoons are available on DVD or YouTube.

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