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Sleepy Cartoons: Sleeping Beauty 1

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Sleeping Beauty has captured imaginations for centuries and provided inspiration for many artists, writers, filmmakers and composers from the ballet “Sleeping Beauty” (Tchaikovsky, 1890), to the current film “Sleeping Beauty” (2011) with Sally Potter introducing Julia Leigh.

Originally, the stories were passed down from generation to generation through the art of story telling. The first recorded version of Sleeping Beauty has been traced back to Giambattista Basile, Italy (1632). He collected and wrote down the collection of Neapolitan Fairy Tales, titled Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille, also known as Il Pentamerone. You can read extracts of early versions here: Sleeping Beauty and her Rapist and here: Gruesome fairytale endings.  Basile and later Perrault (Charles Perrault included in 1697, La Belle au Bois Dormant in Contes de ma Mere l’Oye – ‘Tales of Mother Goose’.), according to folklorists, joined together two versions of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The first version is the more familiar, traditionally romantic and censored version whereas the second version is (briefly)…

…closer linked to the gruesome stories already mentioned above. The prince basically kept Sleeping Beauty as a (secretly married) “mistress” had two children, until he had ascended his throne. He then brought his family to his capital where he left the regency to his Ogre Queen Mother while he went to war with the neighbouring countries. The ogre sent the young queen to the woods and demanded that the children be served up to her for dinner. After much gruesome tumultuous activity the King appears in the nick of time and then they live happily ever after.

Doesn’t it sound strange that the two versions existed side by side? Another reader suggests that they were originally part of the same story where part 2 follows on from part 1. How could that be? Especially when they are so different in styles, characters etc. I think that Perrault and The Grimm Brothers started a process of cleaning up the crude folk tales and by the time the story reached the Victorians most of them had become ‘suitable’ for children. There must have been many many variations on the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, probably as many as there were storytellers. I also believe that as soon as a folk tale goes into print – it starts to become a commodity – an object, the story becomes more fixed and controlled. When a storyteller tells a folk tale he keeps the elements and exaggeration fluid to suit its audience. In addition, he/she personalises it by making their story unique, so that more people will want to hear ‘Sleeping Beauty’ even if they have heard it before. These examples are the oldest variants on the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ theme.

The Grimm Brothers edited their collection of folktales seven times during the beginning of 1800’s. At one point they almost edited out “Sleeping Beauty” because they thought it was too French-centric (Perrault). They, then, came across the story of Brynhildr in the Volsunga saga (Norse mythology) and because the similarities were so striking they decided to keep “Sleeping Beauty”. I think Brynhildr is a much more interesting version of ‘Sleeping Beauty’:

Brynhildr is a Valkyrie and the daughter of Budli. She was ordered to decide a fight between two kings, Hjalmgunnar and Agnar, and knew that Odin preferred the older king, Hjalmgunnar, yet she decided the battle for Agnar. For this Odin condemned her to live the life of a mortal woman, and imprisoned her in a remote castle behind a wall of shields on top of mount Hindarfjall in the Alps, where she must sleep within a ring of fire until any man rescues and marries her. The hero Sigurðr Sigmundson (Siegfried in the Nibelungenlied), heir to the clan of Völsung and slayer of the dragon Fafnir, entered the castle and awoke Brynhildr by removing her helmet and cutting off her chainmail armour. He immediately fell in love with the shield maiden and proposed to her with the magic ring Andvaranaut.

The story about Brynhildr doesn’t end with…’and they lived happily ever after’, it continues with several twists and turns that I will let you read about on your own.  The Valkyrie Brynhildr is an image of a strong-minded, attractive woman with red fiery hair holding a sword and shield.

In the next post I will continue with ‘Sleeping Beauty’ 2: Why is the story so popular? What did Disney do to ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and what message does the image of ‘Sleeping Beauty” convey to young girls about being a woman?

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July 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Medikidz Comic Book Store

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Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Medikidz Comic Book Store.

These comic books for kids look pretty cool. I couldn’t find one on narcolepsy but at least they stock one on OSA. 

 

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March 15, 2011 at 5:44 am

Sleepy Cartoons: Sleepy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Sleepy

Sleepy

Sleepy fits in his naps anytime and anywhere he can, but none of the other dwarfs ever complains. Maybe that’s because he works just as hard in their diamond mine as the others, albeit in a more relaxed fashion. In fact, he’s so relaxed, and yawns so widely, that the resident housefly keeps buzzing into his mouth in hopes of finding a nice warm home. But even on the perpetual verge of a nap, Sleepy turns out to be twice as observant as his fellows when it most matters. Strangely goaded and prodded by the forest animals outside their mine, none of the dwarfs can figure out what’s going on until Sleepy yawns, “Maybe the old Queen’s got Snow White.” Thanks to Sleepy, the dwarfs are soon off to the rescue. It’s not the first cartoon the sleepy character is smart or helps carry the story forward. Skalman in the Swedish Comic does also have a key role in solving puzzles as the stories progress. Perhaps there is an idea here that both Sleepy and Skalman thinks about puzzles or life in general in more dept and so manages to contribute to the group. The Snow White and the Seven dwarfs (corporate) personality test describes how to leverage some of Sleepy’s strengths which is to remind him that personal reveries are often unconscious approaches to solving the problem, and the more that this can be brought back to the group, the more successful will the group’s efforts be. The dwarfs are successful in helping to rescue Snow White thanks to Sleepy.

In the personality test Sleepy primary mode of living is focused internally, dealing with things rationally and logically.

Sleepy’s reveries have an adventuresome spirit. They thrive on action, and are usually fearless. They are fiercely independent, needing to have the space to make their own decisions about their next step. They do not believe in or follow rules and regulations, as this would prohibit their ability to “do their own thing”. Sleepy types value privacy and sometimes keep important issues to themselves. Adaptable and spontaneous, they respond to what is immediately before them. Sleepy people avoid making judgments based on personal values.

I obviously had to take the test to see if I was Sleepy but to my surprise the result said I was Happy.

If you want to take it too go here: Snow White Personality Test

 

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February 4, 2011 at 8:50 am

Sleepy Cartoons/Comic: Skalman

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Skalman relaxing in the sun

Skalman relaxing in the sun

Skalman is a regular character in a Swedish cartoon called “Bamse” created by Rune Andreasson. It has been printed since 1973.  The main website is http://www.bamse.net until 13th of January 2011 and afterwards http://www.bamse.se

Bamse Comic

Bamse Comic

Unfortunately, the website does not translate to English but it might do next year when they move. Wikipedia has an entry in English on Bamse

 

The turtle Skalman carries a large yellow hat. He is a technological, logical and chemical genius. He “knows best” and has lots of useful things stuffed up his shell. His most precious invention/the one he is the most proud of is the infamous “food-and-sleep clock”. It rings several times a time reminding Skalman that it’s time to eat and when it’s time to sleep. It doesn’t matter what he is doing or if he is in the middle of an adventure, when it rings he obeys, he has to obey! The food and sleep moment often occurs at a time when it’s most inconvenient. He is the genius of the comic but when he is sleeping Bamse and friends have to do some problem solving themselves. When Skalman sleeps, nothing can wake him up. He hates the word: hurry (sound a bit like Queen of Sleep!)and he never, ever runs. All of these characteristics make Skalman the Sleepy Comic of the day!

Skalman

Skalman

 

 

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December 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

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Sleepy Cartoons: Sleepy Smurf

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The smurfs are great, and who’s the best but sleepy smurf? There is even a Facebook group called: Sleepy smurf is the coolest smurf.  Sleepy smurf is also called lazy smurf but that is totally irrelevant, he is not lazy. He is sleepy smurf full stop. Original name is Schroumpf Paresseux and he is the sleepiest of all smurfs. He spends almost all of his time sleeping, either in his bed. a hammock, on the grass, or anywhere, anytime, day or night. Meet the Smurf that can sleep just about anywhere (sounds familiar?). In the shade of a mushroom, under a wheelbarrow or even on the building site of the dam. Any place is the right place for a little nap. His first thought in the morning is about what time he’ll get back to bed. It’s not that he’s lazy, but just the very idea of work wears him out.

The official smurf site can be found here: http://www.smurf.com.

bed time

bed time

Smurf Sleep Walking

Smurf Sleep Walking

Sleepy smurf yawning

Sleepy smurf yawning

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December 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

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