Shakespeare References in Disney Movies

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The Horrible Histories Shakespeare Biopic

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Romeo and Juliet DVD and Blu-Ray Giveaway!

February 7, 2014 at 11:42 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies | Leave a comment
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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:

We were lucky enough to snag two copies of the recently released Romeo and Juliet film, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Thanks to our friends at DFilms, we have one DVD and one Blu-Ray to give away, and you could be a winner!

Since we are getting close to the most romantic day of the year, all you have to do is submit an original love poem (max. 6 lines) along with the following:

  • Your Name
  • Your Age (If you are under 18, make sure to get parental permission first!)
  • Your Mailing Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • Whether you want a DVD or Blu Ray

Submissions should be sent to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org

We will post the winning poems on our blog and social media pages!

*This contest is open to all residents of Canada. Entries can be submitted until 11:59PM EST on Friday, February 14, 2014. Winners will be contacted via e-mail or phone to confirm mailing information.

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Lego Movie

February 6, 2014 at 11:52 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

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The Tragedy of Khamlet: Or, The Klingon Hamlet

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Throwback Thursday- Ethan Hawke’s Hamlet

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Link- What if Shakespeare… WROTE STAR WARS?

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ANOTHER ROMEO AND JULIET TICKET GIVEAWAY!

October 21, 2013 at 10:22 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies | Leave a comment
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Happy Monday, everyone! I have just received a surprise in the mail from our friends at D Films! We have received some FREE passes for a screening of the recently released Romeo and Juliet film! All you have to do is send an e-mail to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org and include the following:

  • Your Name
  • The best way to contact you
  • The name of the actor who plays Friar Lawrence

*Ticket winners must be available to pick up their tickets at our office in Toronto between 9:30am and 3:30pm, Monday- Friday. Details will be given in a confirmation e-mail.*

Good luck!

The Past and the Present: Shakespeare on the Big Screen

June 20, 2013 at 10:30 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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Image: ClipArt ETC Chandler B. Beach The New Student's Reference Work for Teachers Students and Families (Chicago, IL: F. E. Compton and Company, 1909)

Image: ClipArt ETC
Chandler B. Beach The New Student’s Reference Work for Teachers Students and Families (Chicago, IL: F. E. Compton and Company, 1909)

 

Would William Shakespeare have pictured Hamlet as a lion cub? Or imagined Othello as a high school basketball player?

It’s impossible to say how Shakespeare would react to seeing adaptations of his most famous characters in modern times. There is no dispute that his plays remain a popular source of inspiration for movies. These aren’t limited to direct adaptations. Many characters, stories and themes penned by him have been transferred to a modern setting on multiple occasions.

West Side Story (1963)

Romeo and Juliet is brought to 20th-century New York and the star-crossed lovers are re-imagined as Tony and Maria. Maria is the sister of a Puerto Rican gangster while Tony is affiliated with a rival gang. The Jets and Sharks take the place of the Capulets and Montagues. While Tony mirrors Romeo’s untimely death, Maria diverges from following Juliet’s end. Instead of committing suicide, Maria uses Tony’s death to end the fighting between the Jets and the Sharks.

Ten Things I Hate About You (1999)

Taming of the Shrew goes to high school in this adaptation of the famous Shakespeare comedy. The theme of finding a husband and shaming a shrewish woman into submission changed to dating among teenagers and being true to yourself. The plot mirrors Shakespeare’s original play as it focuses on Bianca’s attempt to find someone to date her older sister Kat since her father has made a rule preventing her from dating until Kat does.

O (2001)

This modern version of Othello turns the protagonist into Odin, the captain of his high school basketball team. Desdemona becomes his girlfriend Desi. Iago becomes Hugo, Odin’s treacherous teammate. The English Journal noted that Hugo’s actions in spreading rumors of Desi’s infidelity to Odin cause him to spiral out of control in school and on the court — in the same manner Iago affected Othello. Both characters become overwhelmed by their desire to inflict physical violence based on a false rumor.

 

By Scott Grayson

 

To learn more about the Shakespeare connections in The Lion King (1993), click here.

For She’s The Man (2006), click here.

And for Romeo & Juliet through the ages, click here.

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