My reason for taking this trip (besides the pleasure of travel), is the hope that I will be inspired to write another Children's Musical using one of their fairy tales.
In preparation for the trip, I have begun re-reading these stories from the more "original" sources and early translations into English. My hope is to find a lesser-known tale that would have a goodly number of colorful characters, an engaging plot line, NO ROMANTIC LOVE STORY, and not too much DARKNESS. (There really is a LOT of SCARY STUFF in these tales!!! No wonder modern retellings have undergone so many revisions!)
Walt Disney kept a lot of the frightening aspects of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" (1937) and "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) from the original Grimm's tales. However, "Cinderella" (1950), "The Frog Prince" ("The Princess and the Frog" 2009), and "Rapunzel" ("Tangled" 2010), thankfully, got rather sanitized and comedic treatments from later Disney artists.
As has been explained to me, bedtime stories including boogie monsters and scary stuff were meant to keep children from leaving their beds at night. Apparently, children were told that nothing bad would happen to them as long as they stayed asleep in their beds.
I wonder if that worked? My kids had bad dreams enough without scary bedtime stories. And no amount of warnings or threats ever deterred them from trying to get into our bed in the middle of the night, either!
Regardless, it's clear that I prefer the sanitized, comedic renditions of these tales! For me to be able to have pleasant dreams, I need to hear:
"Once upon a time..." at the beginning and "they lived happily, ever after" at the end.