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Re: The 'Roald Dahl' Musical Odyssey - Part THREE
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• Posted by: Clint Morgan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 11:54 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: The 'Roald Dahl' Musical Odyssey - Part TH... (Jonesy)

> I remember enjoying The Witches as a kid, though I haven't seen it in ages
> and definitely want to revisit it! Tumblr remembers Huston's portrayal
> with great fondness! I'd be interested to compare it with Zemeckis'
> adaptation, which seems to have slipped off the radar, as a LOT of stuff
> did that was released right as things went to hell in 2020. Dahl's story
> is incredible, and the change to the ending was an irritating choice to
> me. Why adapt Dahl if you're gonna change something so simple and
> important? Side note, the witches are modeled on some nasty antisemitic
> tropes (in particular the 'blood libel' evident in the witches' violence
> towards children), which is much less surprising when you read about what
> a nasty antisemite Dahl was (one of the most blatant in mainstream
> literature, I'd say). Does it ruin it for me? Nah, but it definitely adds
> a certain pallor to some corners of his work.
Yeah, the controversy surrounding Dahl’s own moral character remains a “turd in the punch bowl,” unfortunately. Only a fool would condone his attitude toward Jewish people, and members of his family have since come forward and issued apologetic statements for this.

> Myers' score has its fans, and I recall seeing some people here singing
> its praises years ago. I didn't have strong feelings about it the two
> times I've heard it, seems like a score that would benefit from a careful
> presentation that showcases its strengths.
Agreed. The alternate versions of some cues, including the opening credits and happy ending scene, indicate a struggle to achieve the right tone for the film.

> That Red Riding Hood film sounds like a trip and a half, I may need to
> check it out! Love me some Prokofiev flavor.
It was definitely one of those “WTF” discoveries! big grin

> As far as that Academy award thing... I do not get their standards at all.
> Is there an awards body as inconsistent and arbitrary as them? XD
ALL OF THEM!!! smile




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