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April 06, 2009

Little Red Riding Hood 2.0 : The Geek Perspective

Here's Little Red Riding Hood 2.0, complete with satellite tracking, product placements, and the general geek perspective:

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Little Red Riding Hood is a classic children's story. The story has gone through several variations. In 1697 it was included in a book by Charles Perrault, who explained the 'moral' at the end so that no doubt is left to his intended meaning (a harsh morality tale warning young women about men's intentions):
From this story one learns that children, especially young lasses, pretty, courteous and well-bred, do very wrong to listen to strangers, And it is not an unheard thing if the Wolf is thereby provided with his dinner. I say Wolf, for all wolves are not of the same sort; there is one kind with an amenable disposition — neither noisy, nor hateful, nor angry, but tame, obliging and gentle, following the young maids in the streets, even into their homes. Alas! Who does not know that these gentle wolves are of all such creatures the most dangerous!

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (the Brothers Grimm) were told two different versions of the story, and in an 1812 book they presented them both - one as the original story, and the other as the sequel. In the sequel, the Grandmother and Red killed a wolf after learning the nature of wolves in the first story.

There are several mainstream presentations of Little Red Riding Hood, mostly derived from the Grimm Brother's version of the story:

Finally, we have Tex Avery's remake as a bridge between the classic Grimm's version and today's multi-media version. It departs from the Grimm Brother's story line and actually hews closer to Perrault's perspective until it diverges for the comic ending:


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