I'm going to focus on the witch's house in Hansel and Gretel. We all know the tale, but I'm fascinated by how many different ways artists portray the house in the woods made of cakes and candy.
This week's post was requested by Kim over at Gerushia's New World. Here you go! Hope you like it. By the way, Kim makes some pretty amazing art in case you want to take a peek.
This one makes me laugh. The witch's boobs hang down past her waist!
I noticed that the witch wears a red hood or cloak in many of the drawings. What an interesting parallel to the Little Red Riding Hood story. Maybe Grandmother is really the witch? Maybe Little Red grows up, goes postal, and eats children?
In a lot of the illustrations, the witch has a hideous nose and is bent over on wooden crutches.
The Hansel & Gretel cottage at the Efteling Theme Park in the Netherlands
Here's a 1987 movie version. Check out the cottage at 44:00-brilliant. At 46:25, the witch startled me. 57:55-he's in the cage! So creepy.
This 1971 version is from Germany, full of catchy, annoying German songs (like at 9:30). See the witch's cottage 17:15.
And the classic Fairy Tale Theater version with Shelly Duval. (You'll have to click the link, it won't let me imbed the video for some reason.) Starring no less than Ricky Schroeder and Joan Collins! She plays a dual role as the wicked stepmother and the witch.
I had to throw in an image of the pitiful children. Look at those cry babies! I ate that stuff up when I was a kid. I wanted the kids in fairy tales to be miserable. It was more fun that way.
This is the most boring witch's house I've seen. The painting style is more realistic, so it goes well with that, but I like my witch's house covered in sweets.
I like how even the cat looks nervous.
What's up with those canes? I guess they have to portray the old woman as lamey lame so that we believe it when they shove her in the oven. Boy, the senior set sure wears fugly clothes in fairy tales.
This one reminds me of a vintage Halloween postcard. I think it's the arching black cat and the white owl. Check out the witch's checkerboard shoes. Very Mackenzie Childs.
Ew-this one's scary. I think I've seen that lady at Walmart.
Now that isn't a scary witch, is it? I dig the boy's hat and the girl's muff.
Notice the candy cane stick gate.
Kay Nielsen does everything right.
The recent movie, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy *yum* Renner and Gemma Arterton.
I think Gustafson is one of the most talented living illustrators. Like the artists of the famous "Golden Age of Illustration", he follows in the footsteps of Maxwell Parrish and Arthur Rackham. His work is crisp and lush, and he imbues the characters with such personality.
There's that red hood again. I think this one is technically a liripipe.
Ooooh...this one'g great! Look at the skeletons under the ground beneath them.