Well, not really. We all know that I would be an awful Red Riding Hood. I’m easily led off the path of righteousness, and if my mom wanted me to take goodies to my sick grandma, my first thought would be, “Heck no! I’m not trying to catch a cold.”
Don’t worry, there is a point to this, and there are visuals.
Today I dragged my tired butt to campus for the children’s literature class expecting it to be like the other two classes, but was pleasantly surprised to see the half of the teaching duo that I liked. She has a huge literary boner for fairy tales, so today’s lesson was on genre and intertexuality using fairy tales, specifically, Little Red Riding Hood. In total today, I saw several versions of the story, some funny, some scary, and some just plain creepy. Because I enjoyed it so much, I thought I would share the highlights with my seven readers.
Version 1: The Grimm Brother’s Little Red Riding Hood
In case you haven’t read it, here it is in its entirety.
I do not remember the stones and the sausage, and there being more than one wolf, but I was still amused by the tale. We used this one as the base to compare all the other versions that we examined.
Version 2: The Animals: Little Red Riding Hood
This song had me laughing. The baaaaaaing like a sheep at the end really got me giggling. Apparently in one version of the story, the wolf skins a sheep and wears the the sheep skin and walks with LRRH and talks her into going into the forest to get flowers. She has no idea he is a wolf, and that she should be afraid of him. The song launched a very funny conversation about what the guy wanted from the girl. Let me tell you, it is really hard to try and talk about sex without really talking about sex.
Version 3: The Best Poem Ever
Roald Dahl was already a genius in my book, but this poem just cemented his place in my little literary hall of fame. If you don’t click on any of the links, this is the one to click on. The fact that Riding Hood goes hood on the wolf is amazing, and then wearing him as a coat at the end tops it off. The video they made for this version is a bit odd and creepy, but the poem is hilarious.
Version 4: Creepy 80s Video
I don’t have a video of this, but I really don’t want everyone to be as creeped out as I was. It was a bad soap opera with a slutty mom and a slutty Red Riding Hood named Esmeralda. We spent a lot of time talking about all of the soap operas and other things alluded to in the video, and to be honest, most of them went over my head.
Version 5: Politically Correct Little Red Riding Hood.
The funniest version by far.
We read this version out loud, and the whole time the lovely Claire was reading, I was giggling like an idiot. We then talked about how offensive this could be to people, but I am not one of those people.
Version 6: Hoodwinked
I would love to see this movie. I remember when it came out, but I really didn’t have too much of an interest in it. After all of the versions today, I think the movie might be fun
Version 7: Chanel No. 5
I fail to see how this relates to Little Red Riding Hood, so if someone want to enlighten me, I am open to comments.
This is how I spent my Friday afternoon. What an exciting life I lead.