Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers day?

Heres a picture I made for my dad for fathers day. I wasn't sure what to make for him since I kind of felt that my dad never really was that ultra-dad protector type, we were just always expected to take care of ourselves and not be stupid. Which I guess in itself was a kind of protector. 

Thus, because am currently obsessed with little red riding hood and all her incarnations I came up with this. Tada! 

She's an interesting character, Little Red. She's sent all by herself into the woods and has to learn about predators, and evil and the weighing of consequences. What was her mother thinking!?! 

There are of course all these different interpretations of what it all means, the most common one being that it represents a girl finding her way to womanhood, the red representing menstruation (collective "ewwww" from audience) and the wolf being that ever-present male who suddenly gives her attention once she's matured. 

It's very scary actually, how she's charmed by the wolf. Or atleast thats what I imagine, since the soundtrack for the Musical In to the Woods has been constantly playing. When we meet the wolf he bounces back and forth between him showing her all the wonderous things she will find if she leaves the path, while inwardly speaking of how he can't wait to possess her. He makes all these gutteral sounds, that are hyper sexual (in my opinion) and his voice oozed that ultra perfect 50s "honey I'm home" sappiness. What kind of appetite the the wolf has changes from different tellings. Current ones only say that he eats her, however early ones describe him asking her to undress and come into bed with him, all while under the guise of the grandmother. The whole things is so dirty! I LOVE IT! The musical does a good job of walking that tightrope between both so as not to freak out the children, but to touch on the nerves of the parents that are present.

The thing I love the most about "In to the Woods" is how they take fairy tales, which are known for their black and white lessons and show that nothing is ever so in real life. Everyone gets what they wish for and yet they still want more, bigger houses, different princesses etc. etc. In Little Red's case she says the following after being rescued:

And I know things now,
Many valuable things,
That I hadn't known before:
Do not put your faith 
In a cape and a hood,
They will not protect you
The way that they should.
And take extra care with strangers,
Even flowers have their dangers.
And though scary is exciting,
Nice is different than good.

Now I know:
Don't be scared.
Granny is right,
Just be prepared.

Isn't it nice to know a lot!
And a little bit not...

See, instead of feeling sorry for herself and letting this one violation sully the rest of her existence she learns from it and comes out a better person. It sucked, but she's thankful for it all the same. Thats a good story right?! Thats a story you want to tell your kids!