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By Brian Daley

Sir Crassmore had as unlucky expertise for buying himself into the heart of any difficulty that will come alongside. If it couldn’t be present in the Beyonds, he’d locate it within the Singularity – and there it was once giant hassle, certainly.

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Even the design of Star Wars robot C-3PO owes a debt to this film. ’’ Lang is also known for his adaptation of the epic German poem Die Nibelungen (1924), a two-part film featuring elements later found in Rings, Harry Potter, and other fantasies, including dwarves, a magic ring, a dragon, and an invisible cloak. Hollywood was apparently reluctant to fully embrace the supernatural (as Rick Worland notes), either because it was thought that audiences might not buy into such stories or because German-style horror risked being too morbid for American audiences.

If you believe in Tinker Bell, go ahead and clap your hands – but then also hand over your wallet. You’ll have to if you’re going to pay for all the tie-in merchandise that Disney wants to sell. The Disney phenomenon has spawned scores of scholarly books and articles, many of them negative. Most critics agree that the animated films are superbly crafted, but many accuse them of being sexist, racist, and at the very least blandly commercial. Furthermore, as a business, Disney has long had a questionable track record.

With advances in digital and interactive technology, we may wish to reconsider the idea that fantasy represents the impossible and say instead that fantasy presents us with everything that is possible. ONCE UPON A TIME 37 E1C03_1 01/20/2010 38 CHAPTER 3 A BRIEF CRITICAL OVERVIEW Literary and Film Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Literary Approaches to Fantasy Most critical overviews of fantasy focus on print literature. With a few notable exceptions, such as Disney animated films, scholarly work on fantasy film has been limited, and most book-length studies concentrate on science fiction and/or horror while ignoring films that don’t fit comfortably into either of those categories.

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