A few weeks ago, I told you that my latest obsession is fairy tales. Well, that was only partly true. My OTHER latest obsession is web series! They’re a great way to tell stories in short, palatable segments. While they sometimes tell new stories, they often update the classic stories we know and love for these modern times. (One of my personal favorites is The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.) Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Fairy Tale Therapy (link to the trailer), a collection of videos that combines my love for web series AND fairy tales! It didn’t take long for me to devour them. Now, I want to share them with everyone! Here’s my review:
Fairy tale characters have it hard. Their lives may seem ideal, but it’s not easy having to put up with the things they do! While many of their stories end with a “happy ever after,” how long does that last? Not long, according to Fairy Tale Therapy, an engaging series produced by Synthetic PictureHaus.
Each video sees a different beloved character attending a therapy session, often with hilarious results. Goldilocks is a kleptomaniac, for example, in tribute to her tendency to take and use things that did not belong to her in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She even keeps her little catchphrase, “It’s juuuust right!” from her original story. I won’t spoil the rest of the characters and their problems for you, but trust me, you’ll want to know who else is unhappy with their happy ending!
The therapist who must treat these sometimes-kooky individuals is generally quite patient, though the viewer can see how this job wears on him. His exasperation makes everything all the more amusing, as we can sympathize with him yet be glad that we AREN’T him.
The acting is this series is definitely worth remarking on. It is clear that each actor is very dedicated to their portrayal. They have made strong choices in terms of body language, gestures and vocal intonation; nothing seems wildly out of character. Of course, where would the actors be without good writers? Whoever wrote the FTT scripts is very clever and knows their fairy tales well. I was impressed by their creativity and character development.
The problem with web series is that anyone with a camera can make one, and there are a LOT of them out there on the internet. Some of them lack solid camera work and/or good sound. Thankfully, this is not one of them. The production quality is excellent. FTT is shot from several angles (I think) and the sound quality is enhanced with the help of boom mics.
I know that making a production of this caliber requires a lot of resources, but my one complaint about the FTT series is that the videos sometimes felt too short. I wish there was a little more time to explore the patient’s problem and resolution. Overall, however, this is a wonderful compilation and I hope more people discover them.
The next item on my to-watch list is another Synthetic production called Wish It, Inc.! It is also a fairy tale-based web series. I hope it’s just as good as this one!.