“Tale as Old as Time” Rewind – 1991 Disney Animated Film

The time has come for me to discuss that movie – Disney’s 1991 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. This is the reason this blog series is here after all, and I can’t do a review of filmed versions of this story without mentioning it. So grab your nostalgia goggles, some love for classic Disney animation, and a nice spot of tea – so we can enjoy the magic and charm of the first animated feature film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

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Like you’ve seen over the last few weeks, the best adaptations of fairy tales are the ones that take risks and are embraced by a whole new generation for those differences from the source material. And Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is among the best examples of this. The reason being for the huge changes were all due to the drama involved in the pre-production stage for the film.

You see, back in the 1930’s, Walt Disney himself attempted to make his own feature length animated film of the classic French tale. But ultimately he left it “in the vault” so to speak, considering the story almost impossible to crack by his standards. But the team at Disney Animation decided to blow the dust off of Walt’s work, and finally put the movie into production. But as with any great movie, this adventure wasn’t easy.

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Costume Couture: Where to buy if you’re simply not a stitcher.

Like any acquired skill, learning to sew takes time, practice, and weathering of both successes and failures to master. Where does that leave someone who adores wearing awesome outfits, costumes and cosplays, but doesn’t necessarily know their way around a sewing machine? Costume Couture is here to help!

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Daily Geekette’s Favorite Activist Authors

Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day as well as the “Day without a Woman”  protest arranged by the organizers of the Women’s March. March as a whole is also Women’s History Month. In honor of these events, I thought I would share with you lovely readers some of my favorite female activist authors. Some were authors first, some activists first, but all deserve to be celebrated. Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Favorite Activist Authors

“Tale As Old As Time” Rewind: “La Belle et La Bete” 1946 Version

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We’ve now arrived to a point in which I can talk about a crown jewel. Yes, many of you have wondered when I’d be bringing up this version—and now, it is time. This week on Tale As Old As Time Rewind, we’re going to examine the beloved classic version of Beauty and the Beast made in 1946. Directed by Jean Cocteau, this is considered, next to Disney’s, the most iconic rendition—and for good reason. Most other adaptations wouldn’t exist without Cocteau’s being created. And with that, we should give it some respect. So let’s take a look at what many consider to be the best version of Beauty and the Beast to ever be made.

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Sunday Sundries: A Nerdy News Recap – Feb 26th-Mar 4th.

It’s hard to believe it, but 2017 has already rolled the calendar to March!  Whether or not the new month has come in like a lion or a lamb in your current locale, there is one constant when it comes to the third month of the year: it’s National Women’s History Month. If you’d like to learn more about NWHM, or see what other interesting and intriguing newsy tidbits you might have missed this week, please keep reading!

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The Gal-lery: Octavia E. Butler & Nnedi Okorafor.

As Black History Month draws to a close, some of the members here at the Daily Geekette would like to help the celebration continue by suggesting some of our favorite books by black writers, both past and present.

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“Tale as Old as Time” Rewind – “Panna a Netvor” The Czech Version

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Since the last couple of Rewinds have featured more cheesy versions of this classic fairy tale, I thought this week we’d examine one that is a little more on the darker side of things—and is actually my favorite version of Beauty and the Beast of all time. It features a lot of differences from the original, but the kind that actually make it—dare I say—better in some aspects. And though it reflects a few staples that were going on in the international horror genre at the time, the movie still retains a timeless elegance and definitely sticks out among other BatB adaptations.

So without further ado, we’re going to travel to Europe, and look at one of the most unique takes on this story you’re probably ever going to hear about. This is Panna a Netvor, the 1978 Czech version!

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Double Book Review: The Radius of Us and Dreadnought

It feels like in our current political environment, the need for diverse books and stories about people in different places with different identities — both real and fictional — is only growing. The Radius of Us is the second novel by Marie Marquardt dealing with the Latinx immigrant community around Atlanta, GA. Dreadnought: Nemesis-Book One is the debut novel of trans author April Daniels, and is set in a version of our world where superheroes are real, and the new hero to inherit the Dreadnought mantle just happens to be a 15-year-old trans girl who is yet to come out to her parents.

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How to Start Your Own Geeky Book Club

Did you know that the reason I write for this blog is because of a book club? In high school I bonded with Co-Editor-in-Chief Kayla through a YA Sci-fi & Fantasy book club that she ran at the local Borders (R.I.P.). Book clubs are a great way to meet fellow book geeks and nerd out about your favorite genre. But what do you do if you can’t find the perfect book club in your area? Start your own, of course. I’ll tell you how. Continue reading How to Start Your Own Geeky Book Club

“Tale as Old as Time” Rewind: The Hello Kitty Versions…. with Squirrels!?

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I’m sure many of you are wondering what the heck the title of this article is alluding to – but trust me, this is gonna be a fun installment in this series. Why? BECAUSE IT IS HELLO KITTY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT! Yes, the iconic symbol of cute from Japan even took a few unique takes on the “Tale as Old as Time”. We’re going to focus on one in particular (aka the cooler version, by my standards) and see how Miss Kitty herself spins this classic story. And as promised, there are squirrels involved. Let’s jump right into this week’s Tale as Old as Time Rewind! 

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