The Grimms’ Little Red Cap is one of the most famous and adapted fairy tales out of them all. From “Into the Woods” to “Silence of the Lambs”, there have been several variations of this very famous fairy tale. Walt Disney’s cartoon version of Little Red Riding Hood was created in 1922. The cartoon was made for social and entertainment purposes as it strayed from the original tale in some ways but also remained similar.
Walt Disney’s Little Red Riding Hood is a creative adaption to the original tale. One similarity between the two stories is the plot line. A girl is sent out to her grandmother’s house and is faced with the villain and is eventually saved by her hero. This is the tale that we have come to know and love. I found the changes that Walt Disney made to be very interesting. The wolf is actually an older, businessman. He beats Red Riding Hood to her grandmother’s house. Instead of being eaten by the wolf, the grandmother is not home. Red Riding Hood gets to the house, but the cartoon does not show what goes on inside. Many different views and predictions can be made about what goes on- maybe a chase around the house, a fight, or possibly a rape. Instead of the huntsman coming to kill the wolf, a pilot saves Red Riding Hood and dumps the “wolf” into a lake. The cartoon ends as the pilot and Red Riding Hood share a kiss.
I found Walt Disney’s take on Little Red Cap to be very artistic and interesting. My favorite part about the entire cartoon was the fact that there was no dialogue, just music. This left me to make my own judgment and predictions about what they were saying based on my own beliefs and how I read and interpreted the fairy tale. I also liked that Disney incorporated the character of the wolf and the huntsman but in a different way. This made the cartoon more realistic. Overall, I found the cartoon to be entertaining.
Growing up, I could recite the entire story of Little Red Riding Hood. It was one of my favorite fairy tales. I’ve enjoyed finding different adaptions and finding out that some movies, like “Silence of the Lambs”, are interpretations of the tale that I never knew.
Cartoonist: Walt Disney (1922)