Iconic fairy tales and characters which still used as a metaphor for satire and political cartoons. Even before the dawn of cartoons, fairy tales have been told and shared with children in as early as the 2nd century and unlike our current cartoon-style art renditions, their fairy tales where illustrated much differently. Here are examples of some Iconic fairy tales and characters which still used as a metaphor for satire and political cartoons. Add, if we missed any.
"Little Red Riding Hood" is a European fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf. Its origins can be traced back to the 10th century to several European folk tales, including one from Italy called The False Grandmother (Italian: La finta nonna), later written among others by Italo Calvino in the Italian Folktales collection; the best-known versions were written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm.
"The Emperor's New Clothes" (Danish: Kejserens nye klæder) is a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent – while in reality, they make no clothes at all, making everyone believe the clothes are invisible to them. When the emperor parades before his subjects in his new "clothes", no one dares to say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as stupid. Finally, a child cries out, "But he isn't wearing anything at all!"
"The Ugly Duckling" is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen. The story tells of a little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight, he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all.
"Hansel and Gretel" is a well-known German fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch living in a forest in a house constructed of cake, confectionery, candy, and many more treats.
Everyone knows the story of Sleeping Beauty—a princess is cursed to sleep until her true love wakes her with a kiss. ... The original version of Sleeping Beauty was first written down by an Italian author named Giambattista Basile, who published a book called The Tale of Tales in 1634.
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