So a few weeks ago, I went away for a glorious weekend with my boyfriend, and ironically enough we had a bit of a Disney movie marathon.  And when out at dinner one night, my boyfriend-being the writer that he is-asked me what fairy tale I would do as a Disney movie.  I liked the idea I came up with a lot, so I share it here and now with you lovely folks.

Disney, I hope you’re listening.

Disney studios as long been an iconic name, and image.  There is very little that Disney touches that they cannot turn to gold.  With characters like Mickey Mouse and his gang, as well as the ability to breathe new life into old fairy tales, Disney has been entertaining us and our children for generations, and I doubt they’ll stop anytime soon.

Their teaming up and eventual buy out of Pixar only upped the ante for them, because now they have a damned near exclusive hold on the computer animated motion picture market.

Now when it comes to their animated works, there are few flops that Disney has come out with.  For the most part their weakest market is live action, at least from the adult standpoint.  Because, lets face it, kids will watch anything.

And I’m sure for the past few years a lot of you have been wondering what Disney (or any film maker/studio for that matter) will put out next, considering all the fairy tales-once a staple for storytelling, film making, and television-have been done.  Now most directors are turning to making over old classics like Spider Man, Batman, etc.  But I realized something during the course of this conversation:  Only the easy fairy tales have been done.

Lets have a look at the list shall we?  All the conventional and popular fairy tales: Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Princess and the Frog, you get the picture.  These for the most part are all easy stories to turn to the big screen.  But what about the other, smaller, lesser known fairy tales?

The one I came up with was Rumpelstiltskin.  You all know the story.  A young girl forced to turn straw into gold for a king, makes a deal with a wizened gnome creature.  He’ll spin the gold, she takes the credit, and he’ll come back for his reward later.

Girl marries king, has a baby boy, and the little blighter comes back to claim the babe as his reward.  Queen makes tearful deal with Rumpelstiltskin: I figure out your name, I keep my baby.  Rumplstiltskin agrees, queen tries ans fails to guess his name, and on the last night to guess, a lucky woodsman/messenger/what-have-you, gives the queen the good news of discovering his name, queen wins the bet, and the little imp either ran away in rage, or tore himself in two depending on the version you subscribe to.  The end.

Now how on earth would you turn that into a movie?  There’s no love interest, because the queen is already married to the king and has a baby.  There’s not much of a quest, but you can expand that a bit.  But really, it’s hard to turn this tale into a movie and keep all the traditional aspects.

Well, I can only assume so since no one else has done it yet.

But I came up with a way that it could work.  Keep the beginning.  Poor girl, has to turn straw into gold, makes deal, becomes queen, has baby.  Has a baby girl this time.  And when the girl comes of marrying age, Rumpelstiltskin comes to claim her as is bride. And twist! He’s not the imp he appeared to the queen as, but rather a powerful warlock who disguised himself as an imp/gnome/whatever when he made the deal with the queen.  Still haven’t figured out the reason he wants her has his bride.  Maybe just because she’s so pretty or something.

So, girl gets kidnapped, and now has to be rescued by her street savvy young male friend, who now goes on a quest to save her, accompanied by appropriate emotive animal companion.  To stave of her nuptials, girl makes the name deal with the sorcerer to buy some time.  Boy finds out name somehow, finds princess, epic battle with sorcerer, uses name as weapon to win the battle, carries off his beloved back to her castle where they live happily ever after.  The end.

So that’s what I came up with, but there are more stories out there waiting for their chance at animated film stardom than just Rumpelstiltskin (at least as far as I’m aware).  Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, Red Riding Hood (I don’t count Hoodwinked.  Played too much with the original story, a lot of it got lost), The Ugly Ducking, and that’s just from the list of those most well known to us as children.  And what about going further across the water for the stories? Japan, China, Indonesia, even the lesser known Grimm stories which for the most part are German.

All I’m saying here is that the fairy tale well is not yet tapped out.  There’s still plenty of room for original works here, there’s no need to start ripping off books and remaking old favorites.  If someone like me can come up with what I like to think is a half decent movie idea, then what in the Nine Hells is going on in Hollywood?

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