Webvideo / Fairy Tale Friday
your mother's fairy tales
.Fairy Tale Friday
is a a video series by My Damn Channel
featuring a pajama-clad narrator (usually Grace Helbig
before Chloe took over) reading out loud from a book of fairy tales as if reading a bedtime story to children.
But these fairy tales
are definitely not
for children. Strong language, questionable morals, nasty sex, and unsympathetic protagonists abound, and the accompanying illustrations are frequently Not Safe for Work
In a sense, it can be said that Fairy Tale Friday is a faithful modern continuation of the age-old tradition of the original fairy tales: an oral tradition passed down by women in the common language of the folk.
The series can be watched here
. View at your own risk.
This web series provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptational Sexuality: Cinderella is a lesbian.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The witch posts videos of Rapunzel on a fetish website for men who like long hair to masturbate to. The first time the Prince sees the witch climb her hair, he's so turned on, he drops his pants right then and there.
- All Trolls Are Different: The trolls in "The Snow Queen" resemble troll dolls, and fill a similar role to the trolls in Frozen.
- Anachronism Stew: Most episodes combine a period aesthetic with 21st century technology and culture. Special mention goes to Cleopatra stalking Ceasar's sister on Facebook, and the Great Nuclear Disarmament of 614.
- Artefact Title: The series had expanded beyond traditional fairy tales to include parodies of Shakespeare plays, Broadway musicals, comicbook superheroes, and modern literature like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey.
- Artistic License – Biology: The sex between the Princess and the Frog. Frogs don't actually have external genitalia.
- Asian and Nerdy: Snow White.
- Bare Your Midriff: Thumbelina, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Jasmine, Pocahontas, pre-makeover Elphaba, Esmerelda...
- Biker Babe: Clara from The Nutcracker.
- Black and Grey Morality
- Black Comedy
- Bedlah Babe: Jasmine, naturally.
- Bestiality Is Depraved:
- The Princess and the Frog have sex in various positions in their attempt to break his curse. Yes, it's illustrated.
- The Little Mermaid had casual sexual relations with a mollusk and a halibut.
- The shepherds who steal Little Bo Peep's sheep.
- The farmer who takes in the Ugly Duckling.
- The Cloppers.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Mommy and Daddy dalmatian.
- Catholic School Girls Rule: One of the outfits the farmer has the Ugly Duckling wear.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: Belle catches the beast watching porn on his laptop.
- Comedic Sociopathy: The series' primary source of humour.
- Downer Ending: Most of these fairy tales do not end happily ever after.
- Embarrassing Nick Name: Thumbelina was nicknamed "Cockchafer" in college.
- Femme Fatale: Belle is a minor example. She sues the Beast for sexual harassment after having sex with him, even though she instigated the encounter in the first place.
- Lest we forget "Brandii with two Is, and a heart over one I", who stole everything of value from the castle, and was never heard from again. Or did she?
- Fractured Fairy Tale
- Friends with Benefits: The Little Mermaid's relationship with the mollusk, and the halibut before she married the latter.
- Fur Bikini: Cruella de Vil designs lingerie made from animal skins.
- Gag Penis: Pinocchio has one that fills the same role as his nose in the original.
- Gender Bender: Jonah Vaark (a male Joan of Arc in 1970s New Orleans) and Hamlette.
- Gamer Girl: Helen.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot:
- Belle recommends Blue Is the Warmest Color to the Beast for this reason after she catches him watching lesbian porn.
- Glinda teaches Elphaba to take advantage of this to impress guys at parties.
- Good Bad Girl: Little Bo Peep has an extremely high libido, and is not above using her sexuality to get what she wants, but she never does anything really morally reprehensible, and is one of the more likable characters overall (relatively speaking).
- Granola Girl: Thumbelina. She's a vegan who practices yoga, makes disgusting smoothies, and bakes gluten-free even though she has no problems with gluten.
- Groin Attack: The Big Bad Wolf's gruesome fate at the end of "Little Red Ridinghood".
- Hidden Depths: Princess Brandii appears to be a shallow blonde bimbo, but she is actually a Harvard-educated psychiatrist according to the Alternate Character Interpretation offered in Behind the Stories.
- Hipster: Snow White, the "Royal Apple Genius", Belle, and the Web Design guys from "Little Bo Peep".
- Ms. Fanservice: Most of the female characters, but most notably Little Bo Peep, who essentially wears the Grimm Fairy Tales version of her traditional attire.
- The '90s: Little Miss Muffet is set in 1990s Manhattan.
- Race Lift: Snow White is Asian. Esmerelda is Latino, rather than Romany.
- Raging Stiffie: Pinocchio gets one every time he tells a lie.
- Really Gets Around: Most of the female protagonists to some degree. Elle gave hand-jobs to all the boys in her geometry class, Alice is too insecure to say "no", Thumbelina was nicknamed "Cockchafer" in college, and Rapunzel ends up going into the adult film industry. Little Bo Peep really takes the cake, though.
- Notably averted with Elphaba, who, despite appearances, was the only 18-year-old girl in her neighborhood who isn't pregnant.
- Seashell Bra: The Little Mermaid, of course.
- Sensual Slavs: The very sexual Little Bo Peep came to the US as a mail-order bride from Belaruse.
- Shoot The Shaggy Dog Story: The Last Unicorn.
- Spicy Latina: Esmerelda.
- Stalker with a Crush: Rapunzel's Prince. Quazimodo is a slightly less creepy example.
- Stocking Filler: Little Bo Peep.
- Unfortunate Name: The Princess who was conveniently named "Sleeping Beauty".
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Most of the protagonists range from selfish, and uncaring, to downright sociopathic. A notable exception is Cinderella: She's cool, smart, independent, and actually quite content with her station in life, only going to the ball to humor the Fairy Godmother.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Digging for gold" isn't what it sounds like.
- Urban Fantasy
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Glinda and Elphaba do.
- Zombie Apocalypse: An insect version in "The Ant and the Grasshopper".