There are so many different versions, adaptations, and parodies of Little Red Riding Hood. It is amazing how the story has traveled through the centuries. When I was younger I never thought much into some of the ridiculous aspects of a the fairy tale that I do today, and see through different cartoons and videos.
I found this print cartoon to be very funny. The cartoon is a social cartoon which pokes fun at how things are seen to be easier for younger generations. It relates Little Red Riding Hood, the story we all know, to another situation we also are all familiar with. Everyone has a grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, or elderly figure who at one point makes a comment about how much easier things are nowadays. I am familiar with hearing, “I used to have to use books for schoolwork, not the internet”, or “I never had a cellphone”. This cartoon brings back that familiarity with the idea of frozen foods and how available it is to get a good meal without the time and effort.
I also found a great video about Little Red Riding Hood. When I was young, I really enjoyed the muppets as well as Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. This video incorporates both of these into one skit. The moral of Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood” is that children, specifically ladies, should be careful of who they talk to, and the gentle ones are usually the most dangerous. The moral of this Sesame Street clip is that if you want to stay healthy or get better from being sick, cookies will not do the trick...but rather healthy, nutritious foods.
What is great about this video, is it has so many characteristics of the original story, yet it is so different. Little Red Riding Hood brings goodies to her grandmother to make her feel better, the contents of the basket, though are more characteristic of the Cookie Monster. Kermit as the reporter also brings a new aspect to the story. The main aspect of the story that changed was the wolf. In the versions of Little Red Riding Hood that we read, all of the Little Red Riding Hood characters showed no fear when confronted by the wolf in the woods. But in the end, the wolf turned out to be villainous. This Sesame Street version, on the other hand is the complete opposite. The Cookie Monster was scared of the wolf, as well as Kermit when the wolf answered the door. While in fact, the wolf was the doctor who was helping the sickly grandmother.
Both the cartoon, and the video clip were hilarious to me. They both brought forth a more relatable aspect of the story for younger generations. It brings out my curiosity of other versions and parodies of other fairy tales.