Around the globe all children's hearts turn on a tale. Some sweet and some not, but all a hypnotizing journey. From Grimm works to nursery rhymes our imagination boggles as pleasant calm turns to dread. Anyway you slice it horror has firm roots within the folkloric.
With Disney giving us yet another tale of evil at the box office, the scares are ripe on this Summer's wind. 'Maleficent' is just the latest in the long line of cinematic stories that owe there wickedness to fantasy tomes of old. In truth the house of mouse literally cut it's teeth on fear.
Tales of escaping doom are common place in Walt's borrowed yarns. Take our little friend Red Riding Hood produced by Laugh-O-Gram Studio. The tragic childhood our girl must have faced with a grandmother eaten by a wolf and the prospect of the same fate in store for her. A straitjacket would a awaited most of us if we had survived. The Three Little Pigs, from the Silly Symphony series, lived lives equally terrorized and spent building shelters that per capita guaranteed their devoured fate. And what of Jack and his Giant grinding bones to make his bread, again done for Disney by Laugh-O-Gram.
In later years we get Snow White vs her Evil Queen, Pinocchio and his Monstrous Whale, and Peter Pan longing to keep his youth while being chased by a hooked Captain and his trusty Mr. Smee. When a crocodile is your savior how frightening must your existence be?
As the above title reminds us even the 1805 English Nursery Rhyme bares true the heinous truth:
Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?