6 months ago on 20 January 2014 @ 11:02pm 7 notes

Creole Rapunzel as voiced by Tisha Campbell

6 months ago on 20 January 2014 @ 3:49pm 4 notes

Currently watching my favorite incarnation of Rapunzel.

6 months ago on 20 January 2014 @ 3:43pm 5 notes

renamok:

The Valiant Little Tailor

Jack and the Beanstalk

Beauty and the Beast

Pinocchio

Thumbelina

Puss in Boots

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Little Mermaid

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

The Princess and the Pauper

The Snow Queen

HBO’s “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” 1995 - 2000

(from the same people who eventually brought us “The Proud Family”)

Over 8K notes now and people still mentioning the resemblance to The Proud Family (Hint: Read this.), reminiscing about the show, wondering how they missed its existence, and raising critical questions about PoC representation today in other similar media (Disney).

I love it. I’m so happy this took off the way it did. I only wish I had the ability to share the actual series itself with people who are interested.

My favorite episodes are: Rapunzel (Tisha Campbell as Rapunzel with Whoopi Goldberg as the evil Hoodoo Diva, Madam Zenobia. It shits all over Tangled and shows PATF how to do NoLa influenced mysticism right), Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Raven Symoné as the plucky, dreadlocked titular character), The Princess and the Pauper (Raven again with a spin on the Twain tale), White Snow and the Seven Dwarfs (three words: Buffy Sainte-Marie), Rumplestiltskin, The Little Mermaid (Tia Carrera as the titular character), Little Red Happy Coat, and Sleeping Rosita.

So many of these episodes have stood the test of time (particularly Rapunzel, my favorite of the entire series…). Why they aren’t all available on DVD, I couldn’t tell you. :(

6 months ago on 11 January 2014 @ 5:48pm 21,222 notes

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6 months ago on 5 January 2014 @ 4:12pm 2 notes

The Valiant Little Tailor

Jack and the Beanstalk

Beauty and the Beast

Pinocchio

Thumbelina

Puss in Boots

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Little Mermaid

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

The Princess and the Pauper

The Snow Queen

HBO’s “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” 1995 - 2000

(from the same people who eventually brought us “The Proud Family”)

6 months ago on 26 December 2013 @ 5:31am 21,222 notes
9 months ago on 9 October 2013 @ 8:53pm 9 notes

marydoodler:

With the advent of the Disney movie “Frozen” being another example of Disney not being as inclusive as they can be with their fairy tale themes and European tales not having a reason to have Poc. I think back to this show from my youth.

When I was 10, I used to love this series called “happily ever after”. It took my favorite fairy tales and reinvented them for a modern age. At the time I never appreciated just how amazing these reinventions were. Taking on an inclusiveness and feminist twist.

Some I remember are. Princess and the pea was set in Ancient Korea where the prince was fighting against the forced marriage and the ridiculous way his mother was determining what made a woman worthy. He fell in love with the less glamorous, but kind, funny and intelligent woman who was only proven to be a true princess by the pea test. The story kept its intent, but gave it importance. Margaret Cho was the voice of the Queen so extra awesome.

Rip van winkle was a about chauvinistic hippie husband who silenced his wifes voice, he falls asleep and 20 years later awakens to find she found it again and changed the world for the better.

Or the frog princess about challenging gender roles and the showed that the frog was a beauitul black woman who married a white prince. At the time I didn’t understand the social importance of interracial couples.

As a kid, I didn’t know why it was important there was non-white representation in a kids show. I do recall falling in love and drawing the representations of other cultures, but never questioned why. I just liked it because I liked cartoons and strong female characters. It was presented with such easy earnest and loving care, it never felt political or forced. It just was and it was loved all the same.

As a young white person then, the import of non-white characters never hit me, but I am sure there are girls out there that were thrilled to see their culture and strong representations of their race/ethnicity presented. I am a strong believer that inclusiveness is important for childrens media and that children will lovingly accept any princess that is created with tender care.

I know this from personal experience, because I loved this show and after tracking down these photos I never noticed how few white people there were. So perhaps Disney should take a hint from this 20 year old show. You don’t need white princess to sell a franchise, give society a chance. We’re ready for some diversity.

Episode synosis herehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happily_Ever_After:_Fairy_Tales_for_Every_Child

Edit 2: the response to this is inspiring and amazing. If you have HBO they play reruns on hbo family, or on HBO go they have 6 episodes every month cycle out. You can also find a few of them on youtube. I wonder how many notes it would take for HBO to release the whole series on dvd? I would love to buy it for my niece. Edit 3: found some episodes on dvd on amazon here and here
1 year ago on 19 January 2013 @ 10:54pm 7,948 notes

The video quality sucks but since HBO can’t be arsed to actually put out a full series DVD set, guess this is what I have to work with. Just wanted to post this because THIS is my favorite version of the Rapunzel fairy tale. 

1 year ago on 28 December 2012 @ 2:32am 3 notes

I miss this show SO much.

Seeing all these racebent takes on Frozen is making me think of the Snow Queen episode. The protagonist was a little Inuit girl and the titular Snow Queen was voiced by Eartha Kitt.

God, why was that show so ahead of its time and WHY were no lasting lessons learned from it? :(

1 year ago on 25 December 2012 @ 8:58pm 13 notes