YMMV / Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics

Tropes from the Anime

  • Complete Monster: Bluebeard from season 1's "Bluebeard" is a seemingly charming rich gentleman, but in truth is a vicious Serial Killer who keeps the corpses of his murdered wives locked in a dark room. When his previous wife discovered his dark secret, he murdered her in a blind rage. Seeking a wife who would not disappoint him, Bluebeard woos a young maiden, Josephine, and coerces her into marriage, offering her riches and all his treasures, but warns her not to enter his cellar, for fear of her discovering his dark secret. When Josephine disobeys him—he had given her the keys to all the rooms—and discovers all of his previous victims, Bluebeard flies into a rage and chases her throughout the mansion, sword in hand, intent on killing her for her disobedience. Vengeful and unforgiving, masked by a polite exterior, Bluebeard was just as vile as his literary counterpart.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Japanese opening and ending themes.
  • Ear Worm: The English opening theme. Hey, come along and join the fun / It's the time~ for~ fairy tales~
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • There are a lot of viewers who think the stepmother from "The Six Swans" is very attractive, if only on a physical level. Given her nice figure, sharply attractive face, and flattering wardrobe, it's not hard to see why.
    • The witch from "The Iron Stove" that seems more a beautiful and young succubus than a classic witch.
  • Funny Moments: In Cinderella, the King suddenly tries to get the Queen to dance with him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Very, VERY popular among Latin-Americans who saw this series as children during The '90s.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Latin-American Spanish dub of "Snow White and Rose Red", Patricia Acevedo and Genaro Vásquez voiced Rose Red and her eventual brother-in-law the elder Prince. Flashfoward to some years later, when they're Usagi and Mamoru from Sailor Moon...
    • The first thing said by the Donkey in the first episode: "What's up, dog?"
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The stepmother from "The Six Swans" crossed into "truly irredeemable" either when she killed her husband the king, or when she kidnapped the princess's infant son, leaving him for dead, and made it look like she ate him.
    • The witch in "Rapunzel" crosses it when not only she cuts Rapunzel's hair off with a knife, but beats her with her walking stick and comes dangerously close to killing her and her unborn son. And not only that, but unlike in the original where the Prince falls off the tower on his own, she pushes him off the window.
  • Narm: Jorinde's song in Jorinde and Joringel, big time. The lyrics use certain phrases like Flower Power which sound incredibly awkward and out of place.
    I am but a little bird and you can see me fly
    I'm just a little bird, my love for you can fill the sky
    At the appointed hour, remember love has power
    So never fear should you shed a tear
    Remember the red flower
    Your love's magic lies in Flower Powernote 
  • Nightmare Fuel: There are really many examples:
    • Especially in the adaption of The Worn Out Dancing Shoes when it is revealed that everything within the strange world the princesses secretly go to and dance in are actually monsters and demons in disguise.
    • "The Crystal Ball" start in a very horror-style with the ugly witch performing an unholy ritual where she takes a young princess trapped in her castle through the glass, bites into her neck and drains her of her lifeforce and leaves her a rotting corpse.
    • "Bluebeard" when Josephine discovers the corpses of Bluebeard's ex-wives and the white roses turn to red blood.
    • "Hansel and Gretel" when the Wicked Witch goes One-Winged Angel.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The Latin-American Spanish dub had several VA's that would become very famous some years later, such as: Patricia Acevedo note , Araceli de León note , Luis Alfonso Mendoza note , Elsa Covián note , Rocío Garcel note , María Fernanda Morales note , Genaro Vásquez note , Martín Soto note , Juan Alfonso Carralero note , Belinda Martínez note , Salvador Delgado note , Jesús Barrero note , Yamil Atala note , Cristina "Cris" Camargo note , Mónica Manjárrez note , Laura Ayala note , Eduardo Tejedo note , José Luis Orozco note , Ricardo Mendoza note etc.
    • Some of the people from the original Japanese version were quite well-known too, including: Mitsuko Horie note , Ryusei Nakao note , Kenichi Ogata note , Mami Koyama note , Chieko Honda note , Hiromi Tsuru note , Masami Kikuchi note ,. etc.
  • Tear Jerker: The series' rendition of "Rapunzel" has the aftermath of Rapunzel and the Prince's separation, with the now blinded Prince searching for his lost love non-stop for several years. The poor guy is seen leaning on a walking stick, his injured eyes perpetually closed, calling out to Rapunzel in despair... which makes their reunion, the Prince being healed by Rapunzel's Swiss Army Tears, his meeting his and Rapunzel's son where he immediately acknowledges the kid as such and the three's return to the Prince's kingdom among the cheers of the crowds as sweet as possible.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This show is clearly aimed for kids. However, it contains many scenes of intense cruelty (such as a princess being falsely accused of killing her baby in the episode "The Six Swans", characters being beaten by abusive guardians in "Brother and Sister" and "Rapunzel", and the main character being framed by his brother's cruel trick in "The Water of Life"), as well as semi-frequent use of violence and Nightmare Fuel. One episode is based on the Grimms' story "Allerleirauh", which features a princess fleeing from her father who wants to marry her. The darkest episode was perhaps "Bluebeard", which features the title character killing his wives and nearly kills the most recent one until her brothers save her. Much of the dark imagery was toned down for the English dub, but the show was still quite dark considering its target audience. The catch? This show was aired on Nick Jr., which is known today for very sugary shows such as Dora the Explorer.
  • The Woobie: Princess Alea from "The Coat of Many Colors". Her insane father tried to force her to marry him, she narrowly escaped burning to death when the castle caught fire, and she ends up all alone in a foreign kingdom. It's no wonder the poor girl is traumatized.

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