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We Review: A Day in the Woods

We all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood and how she went flopping through the forest woods on an errand for her grandma who lived in a house made of gingerbread. On the way, she met a wolf who had just killed and consumed three large hams, and was looking for a dessert with a strawberry-caped topping. And then Red Riding Hood picks up a stray Kalashnikov rifle and goes ape. I think that’s how it goes, doesn’t it? Anyhow, there’s a puzzle game about it by South African indie devs, RetroEpic. Without the Kalashnikov, of course. And this time, Red doesn’t know precisely which cottage is her Grandma’s. And off we go, a skipping through the woods.

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RED: A Bloody Reimagining of “Little Red Riding Hood”

Created by filmmakers Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot, RED is a modern and brutal re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. In this sinister short film, Little Red Riding Hood is on the run from the big bad wolf. The wolf bears down on the little girl and with no lumberjack to come to her assistant, Little Red Riding Hood must take matters into her own hands.

RED is dark, moody, bloody, and with arresting soundtrack to match. See it below.

[via Ufunk]

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Christopher Walken Reads “The Three Little Pigs”

Christopher Walken surely needs no introduction. He is famous for keeping a watch in a very safe pace, requesting the application of more cowbell, and on one occasion, he even flew through the air. He is also a very good actor.

In 1993, Walken was invited to a TV show hosted by a younger Jonathan Ross to do a special reading of the classic fairy tale, Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. Appearing in a sweater as loud as his personality, Walken reads the story in his typical style, not only entertaining the audience but himself too.

[via Scott Beale on Google+]

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Wishery: A Snow White Remix by Pogo

If you’ve not had the bestest of starts to the day, maybe this will cheer you up. You may recall the past works of Pogo (refresh your memory); This time, he has used his musical wizardry to create a fantastic mashup made up entirely of different sound effects from Disney’s 1937 classic, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Check out his remix, Wishery.

Download the remix on his website,

[via The Awesomer]

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The Sexy Side of Fairy Tales

You may recall our post on Jeffrey Thomas’ Twisted Princess, a series where he takes some of Disney’s beloved princesses and gives them with a makeover from hell. If you thought that contained a little too much macabre and not enough titillation, then this might do the trick.

Comic book artist J. Scott Campbell (entirely different from Scott Campbell) has taken some classic female characters from your favourite fairy tales and dressed them down in ways you’ve never seen before. It’s sexy, skimpy, and will certainly appeal to the hornier members of society, of which I’m a card-carrying member. The images were drawn by Campbell and coloured by Bakanekonei. Have a look at some of them after the jump – possibly NSFW.

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Julie Heffernan paints magical self-portraits

Today is one of those days when I’d rather be at home, shnuggled up with the dogs watching mindless sitcom reruns and drinking a steaming mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows, Jack Daniels and Prozac. Anyway I’m stuck at my desk and the next best thing is escaping into the internet, and today I found something truly beautiful – the paintings of American artist Julie Heffernan.

The paintings are as David Cohen, New York art critic aptly put, “a hybrid of genres and styles, mixing allegory, portraiture, history painting, and still life, while in title they are all presented as self portraits.” I think they’re what would have happened if Botticelli and Hieronymus Bosch had a baby, and magical realism and fairy tales had a baby, and those two babies had a baby, and that baby had a baby with LSD, and THAT baby could paint.

I can lose myself in Julie Heffernan’s paintings – they make me feel better.

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Fallen Princesses

In contrast to the predictable happy endings depicted in the Disney fairy tales, Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses project takes those fairy take characters and places them in modern day scenarios.

From unhappily domesticated Snow White to heavy boozer Cinderella, to a cancer-stricken Rapunzel, Goldstein replaces those “happily ever after” moments with more realistic outcomes.

See more images and Goldstein’s motivation for the project at JPG.

[via The Daily What]