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Disney author Kevin Yee is about to make you an offer you can’t refuse. He’s offering a free online course that will look at fairy tales, their history and Disney’s adaptions.
Among the topics to be covered in the class are:
- Why does Cinderella’s prince not just look at her face to identify her?
- Why Snow White was originally a family drama in the worst way – and definitely NOT a story for today’s children!
- What do those hedges full of thorns in Sleeping Beauty really mean?
- Why is Ursula so masculine in Little Mermaid, and what does this have to do with the very last shot of the movie?
- What does Belle’s Beast *really* stand for? Why is he animalistic?
- What is the symbolism of a frog supposed to imply, in Princess and the Frog?
- How does Tangled completely change Gothel’s character?
- Why does Disney change the siblings around from the Snow Queen for Frozen?
The class is what is called a Massive Open Online Courses – or MOOC for short – that allows for free college-level content provided to the masses. All you have to do is register and then be available Feb. 10-Mar. 10 to do some light course work and absorb Yee’s expertly provided material.
The full course description is below the jump: