Web Series Wednesday: How the Internet Does Fairy Tales
There’s a lot of fairy tale-related video content on the internet. When it comes to stories so classic that they’ve already been told in every medium possible, from spoken word to Disney movies, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that several web series — and good ones, at that — star some of the best known fairy tale characters from “The Little Mermaid,” “Cinderalla,” and beyond.
Next week, we’ll be looking to Los Angeles for comedic web talent. If you know of any LA-based web series that make you laugh, send them over to email@example.com.
Produced by Synthetic PictureHaus, “Fairy Tale Therapy” is more than a clever take on what fairy tale characters would be like in real life. It actually goes beyond that to make genuinely smart jokes that compare our world to the fantasy ones in stories like “The Little Mermaid.” In the only episode out so far on YouTube, the mermaid tries to pay her therapist in forks and a series of other junk before inadvertently offering something he truly finds valuable, and you’ll almost definitely smile at the punch line…
Featuring comedic talent like Nicole Byer and Noel Wells as various Disney villains (Ursula and Cruella De Vil, respectively, here), this Above Average web series stars George Basil as St. Peter as he monitors heaven’s gate. Chris Smith’s portrayal of Gaston is particularly on point.
The fact that more than one of these web series finds fairy tale characters undergoing therapy speaks to the American attitude about “happily ever after,” and in this series in particular, that attitude as it reflects the country’s divorce rates. “After Ever After” offers some logical comedic twists, like Prince Charming having a shoe fetish, and it portrays the fairy tale’s male protagonists as misogynists, which also feels right.
This web series puts a fairy tale plot into a college setting. It’s a scripted vlog, which can be hard to watch if you’re not used to the format, but for those who like it, as well as the Disney version of fairy tales, “University Ever After” should fit the bill perfectly. The dynamic between the Cinderella character (“Ella”) and her various classmates definitely works.