Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)
Jack: "There's something behind me, isn't there?"
The classic English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk - first seen in print in 1807 and written by Benjamin Tabart - got the Hollywood treatment with this CGI-rich adaptation which also managed to work in another old yarn, Jack The Giant Killer.
Nicholas Hoult plays the farmhand who has to scale a mighty stalk to save a princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) from a race of giants after inadvertently opening a gateway into their world.
The original story had previously seen celluloid life as a Betty Boop cartoon, an American family comedy feature and even a mini-series.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Mad Hatter: "There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it you need to be as mad as a hatter. Which luckily I am."
Dating back to 1865, Lewis Carroll's literary classic was well served by this 2010 screen incarnation from Hollywood maverick Tim Burton.
The story first saw cinematic life as a silent movie in 1903 and has been remade dozens of times, most notably with the British singalong version with Bond girl Fiona Fullerton in 1972 and less so with an X-rated "musical-porn" version four years later.
Burton's richly visual version stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonhan-Carter as a striking Red Queen. Anne Hathaway reportedly modelled her portrayal of the White Queen on kitchen goddess Nigella Lawson.
Drawing heavily on both Alice in Wonderland and the follow-up Alice Through The Looking Glass, the film generated over $1bn in ticket sales and is the 15th highest-grossing film of all time
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Ursula: "Now I am the ruler of all the ocean! The waves obey my every whim!"
Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea for the love of a human prince received its definitive cinematic version courtesy of Disney.
The House of Mouse's interpretation boasted strong characterisation, particularly the mermaid Ariel (voiced by Jodie Benson) and the villainous sea witch Ursula, but led to accusations of betraying the original story and its far-from-neat ending.
Other versions included an opera scored by Dvorak, a symphonic poem, a ballet, a manga and an animated TV series.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
One of the earliest feature-length animated films.
The oldest surviving animated film featured a silhouette animation technique invented by German film director Lotte Reiniger, anticipating Disney by more than ten years.
The story is based on elements taken from the collection 1001 Arabian Nights, specifically The Story of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou featured in Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book.
The plot follows the derring-do of Prince Achmed, who rides a flying horse to far away lands where he befriends a witch, meets Aladdin, battles demons and falls in love with a princess.
Snow White: "Please don't send me away. If you do, she'll kill me.
Dwarfs: Kill you?
Happy: Who will?
Sneezy: Yes, who?
Snow White: My stepmother, the queen.
Dwarfs: The QUEEN!"
The classic boys-meet-girl tale first saw light in the first 1812 Bavarian edition of Grimm Fairy Tales and has since spawned a myriad of adaptations, ranging from a 1916 silent film to the British Christmas pantomime staple.
However, the most famous interpretation was Uncle Walt's peerless 1937 classic which cast the heroine as Disney's first princess.
Walt's variation of Snow White gave the dwarfs names and included magical, moving trees and a singing Snow White. Less pleasantly, instead of her lungs and liver, as written in the original, the huntsman is asked by the queen to bring back Snow White's heart.
Other variations on the Snow White theme included Mirror, Mirror, starring Lily Collins as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the wicked stepmother, Snow White: A Tale of Terror with Sigourney Weaver and the fantasy adventure Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart replacing her flowing yellow dress and blue bodice with the suit of armour.
Puss in Boots (2011)
Puss in Boots: "My thirst for adventure will never be quenched!"
Originally the antihero of an Italian-French fairy tale dating back to 1697, Puss in Boots has lived more than nine lives thanks to appearances in everything from opera to video games.
The original yarn about a moggy who uses trickery and deceit to gain power and wealth first appeared on the big screen as a Disney short in 1922 and went on to feature in animations from Germany, Mexico, Japan and Russia.
However, the present incarnation - boasting sword-fighting skills, a fedora and voiced by Antonio Banderas - could first be seen as a supporting character in the children's 2004 animation Shrek 2.
In 2011, he had his own movie vehicle in the Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots and saw subsequent life in a video game.
Genie: "So what'll it be, master?
Aladdin: You're gonna grant me any three wishes I want, right?"
The best known yarn from the Arabian Nights (although it was actually added to the collection in the 18th century by Frenchman Antoine Galland), Aladdin first appeared on the big screen in the animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed in 1926.
Subsequent celluloid appearances included a cameo on a Popeye cartoon, the 1959 animated film 1001 Arabian Nights (starring Mr Magoo as Aladdin's uncle) and the true-to-the-original French animated feature Aladdin et la lampe merveilleuse in 1970.
However, the best-known version is the 1992 Disney animated hit which renamed or amalgamated characters (the Sorcerer and the Sultan's vizier become the same person, while the Princess became Jasmine) and shifts the action from China to a fictional Arabian city.
In Britain, the story was dramatised in 1788 by John O'Keefe for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden and has been a popular subject for pantomime for more than 200 years
Bewitched Bunny (1954)
Bugs Bunny: "You oughta be ashamed of yourself - roasting children!
Witch Hazel: Call it a weakness."
Disney played fast and loose with the Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel to invent Witch Hazel, a character based on the cannibalistic crone who lived in the infamous gingerbread cottage.
Her appearance in the Looney Tunes short was so popular she went on to star in Broom-Stick Bunny, A Witch's Tangled Hare and in A-Haunting We Will Go.
The original 1812 story of Hansel & Gretel provided material for film versions ranging from Hoodwinked Too! to horror sequel Terror Toons 2: The Sick and Silly Show. The boldest big screen version was the big budget fantasy blockbuster Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as a tooled-up brother and sister hit squad offing evil crones.
Spoofs abound including the direct-to-DVD mock-buster Hansel & Gretel, the horror-comedy Hansel & Gretel Get Baked, and the zombie apocalypse retelling Once Upon A Darkness.
Villager: "All the women he married...it's said he killed them."
The 17th century French legend of Bluebeard recounted how a violent nobleman was in the habit of murdering his wives...and the attempts of one spouse to avoid the fate of her predecessors.
The story was first filmed in 1944 with John Carradine in the title role, adapted by director Claude Chabrol in 1963 and was later revived in 1972 with Bluebeard played by Richard Burton and recast as a WWII fighter pilot with a frightening azure tinged beard the result of a flying accident. Raquel Welch co-starred.
In 2009, French director Catherine Breillat - previously known for her contentious dramas featuring real porn stars - adapted the story to see things through the eyes of an orphan (Lola Créton) who is seducted by Bluebeard...and genuinely appears to love him. Not for long, though.
Brave Little Tailor (1936)
Mickey Mouse: "Whoopee! I'll cut him down to my size!"
The Valiant Little Tailor, the German classic from the Brothers Grimm, was the inspiration for Brave Little Tailor with Mickey Mouse in the title role.
Sticking fairly close to the original, the story follows a tailor whose reputation precedes him as a result of a misunderstanding - when he swats seven flies but is believed to have taken out seven giants.
It was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 11th Academy Awards in 1939 but lost to Disney's own Ferdinand the Bull.
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Will Grimm: "He can't hold his ale!
Jacob Grimm: I can't hold me ale!"
The Brothers Grimm themselves provided the inspiration for director Terry Gilliam's exaggerated adventures of the German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who together collected and published folklore.
Except, in Gilliam's fevered imagination the brothers - played by Matt Damon and Heath Ledger - are travelling con-artists in French-occupied Germany during the early 19th century.
However, they eventually encounter a genuine fairy tale curse which requires real courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Granny: "Never stray from the path, never eat a windfall apple and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet in the middle."
Writer Angela Carter's collection of modern fairy stories The Bloody Chamber provided the werewolf yarn adapted by director Neil Jordan as The Company of Wolves.
The plot strongly references Little Red Riding Hood with the heroine Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson) going to live with her grandmother (Angela Lansbury) following the death of her sister, who was attacked by wolves.
The film went on to inspire the 2000 film Ginger Snaps which also uses lycanthropy as a metaphor for an adolescent girl's burgeoning sexuality.
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Yzma: "That is the last time we take directions from a squirrel."
Disney departed completely from Hans Christian Andersen's original The Emperor's New Clothes for a fairy tale mired in production hell.
The theme of a self-obsessed ruler who puts himself first to the detriment of his own people just about survived but the film went through so many changes - including the title - that director Roger Allers walked, followed by his lead animator Andreas Deja.
Another victim was Sting, whose songs were dropped, and who later said: "At first, I was angry and perturbed. Then I wanted some vengeance."
Vanessa: "Them's some big ugly f**kin' teeth you got, Bob."
The sweary cult hit took its inspiration from Little Red Riding Hood and starred Reese Witherspoon as an LA hooker's daughter who makes off in a stolen car to stay with her gran. Bit of a departure, then.
However, Bob Wolverton (Kiefer Sutherland), a serial killer and rapist known as 'the I-5 killer', picks her up after her ride breaks down, and promises to take her to her grandmother's house.
Little Red Riding Hood has provided the back story for dark movies ranging from the 1999 Belgian short film Black XXX-Mas to the 2007 family film Enchanted which depicts Red Riding Hood as a villain who 'tells it a little bit differently' when relating the events of the fairy tale. 2005's Hard Candy, in which a young teenager ensnares and tortures a suspected paedophile, was not originally intended to be a homage until star Ellen Page, incidentally chose a red hoodie to wear in the final scenes.
Hansel: "Me and my sister... we have a past. We almost died at the hands of a witch. But that past made us stronger. We'd gotten a taste of blood. Witch blood. And we haven't stopped since."
Fifteen years after they despatched a man-eating witch in her gingerbread house, Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) are now a tooled-up pair of bounty hunters ridding the land of nasty necromancers. However, the sorceress-scything siblings meet their darkest challenge when they find themselves up against shape-shifting villainess Muriel (Famke Janssen).
Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola's grown-up fairy tale mashes up splatter and spells to gory effect.
Tommy: "I know about houses. l built mine out of straw. I'm not an idiot."
There are two sides to every story, but in this Little Red Riding Hood's case, there are four.
Following a domestic disturbance at Granny Puckett's place, the cops hear testimony from Red, the Wolf, the Woodsman and Granny herself. The truth is in there somewhere... but where does the notorious 'Goody Bandit' fit in?
My, what sly humour and engaging CG-animation it has. All the better for putting an uproarious, Rashomon-style twist on the much-loved fairytale.
Kirikou the Sorceress (1998)
Kirikou: "Why are you so mean and evil?"
French director Michel Ocelot made his name with this adaptation of West African folk tale featuring a newborn boy who saves his village from an evil sorceress. Born able to speak and walk, Kirikou finds himself confronting the evil sorceress who has dried up the village spring and devoured all the males except for one.
The film's release in the USA was delayed four years because of male and female nudity.
The Little Match Girl (2006)
Music composed by Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 D Major
Shot without sound or dialogue, this is a rare example of Disney resisting the urge to tamper and letting the story tell itself.
Desperate to keep warm in a driving Christmas blizzard, a Russian match girl lights her remaining stock and - as they blaze - visualises a very different life for herself: the flames are filled with images of loving relatives, bountiful food, and a place to call home.
The last of the four shorts from the cancelled Fantasia 2006 compilation to be developed as a standalone film, this combines hand-drawn animation, computer techniques and stylised backgrounds while retaining Andersen's tragic ending.
The Pied Piper (1986)
The medieval German yarn gets a suitably creepy Expressionist treatment from Czech stop-motion master Jiří Barta.
Notable for its unusual dark art direction, innovative animation techniques and use of a fictitious language, it told the story of hooded piper who claims he can rid the corrupt town of Hamelin of its plague of rats. However, when the corpulent city leaders refuse to pay him he embarks on a terrible revenge.
In the original story he leads the town's children away, never to return. Barta contrives an equally vengeful ending, but for all the citizens of Hamelin.
The Princess and the Frog (2010)
Princess Tiana: "Daddy never got what he wanted... but he had what he needed: love! He never gave that up, and neither will I!"
Disney's animated musical is based on American novelist ED Baker's The Frog Princess which, in turn, was based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale The Frog Prince.
The story of hardworking waitress Tiana (notable for being the first African-American Disney Princess, and voiced by Dreamgirls starlet Anika Noni Rose) who dreams of her own restaurant but is turned into a frog by an evil witch doctor.
The studio returned to a Broadway musical-style format frequently used in the 1980s and 1990s, and features music written by composer Randy Newman. Variations of the story have also emerged in Russian, Italy and Greece.
The Red Shoes (1948)
Boris Lermontov: "The music is all that matters. Nothing but the music."
Legendary movie-making team Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger set Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale within the story of young ballerina (Moira Shearer) who joins an established ballet company and becomes the lead dancer.
In the 1845 original, a peasant girl becomes spoilt and malicious after being adopted by a rich widow. Tricking her new mother into buying a pair of red shoes, she finds - after showing contempt for everyone she meets - that she cannot stop dancing.
In the 1948 movie, Shearer's Vicky Page becomes the lead dancer in the new ballet The Red Shoes but her desire to dance conflicts with her need for love, ultimately leading to her death.
Other movies inspired by the story include the 2005 Korean horror film and a Philippine romance, both called The Red Shoes.
Rumpelstiltskin: "I am an elf, and I live in this wood. I play nasty tricks, some evil, some good."
In this critically reviled adaptation of the Grimm yarn, Amy Irving played the miller's daughter who gets help from a mischievous dwarf (Billy Barty) whose name she must eventually guess.
It's a family affair with Amy's mom Priscilla Pointer playing the queen, her brother David Irving directing and stepfather Robert Symonds playing the miller.
The movie Rumpelstiltskin was part of the Cannon Movie Tales series, a $50m project from moguls Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus to adapt sixteen fairy tales into live action.
Other film versions include the 1915 silent movie, and 1986 horror film, 1985 animated feature and the character also cropped up in the Shrek series.
Flynn Rider: "This is the story of how I died. Don't worry, this is actually a very fun story and the truth is, it isn't even mine. This is the story of a girl named Rapunzel."
Disney's adaptation of the Grimms' golden-tressed fairy tale Rapunzel has the honour of holding the record - at $260m - for the most expensive animation ever.
Plagued by production hitches, the movie - which told the story of a generously-tressed lost princess (voiced by Mandy Moore) who yearns to leave her secluded tower - went on to make almost $600m.
The film employed a unique artistic style by blending features of both computer-generated imagery and traditional animation together, while using non-photorealistic rendering to create the impression of a painting.
Other film versions include an animation (with Olivia Newton-John narrating) and the character also enjoyed a cameo on the animated Shrek The Third.
The Ugly Duckling (1939)
The classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of a homeless bird who is transformed into a beautiful swan was first seen on the screen in the 1931 black and white Disney short.
Disney's subsequent colour version won the 1939 Academy Award for Best Short Subject.
In 1959's The Ugly Duckling, the theme of the ugly creature blossoming into a beauty was mashed up the legend of Jekyll and Hyde with Bernard Bresslaw playing a buffoon who is transformed into a dashing lady's man after swigging a potion.
Intriguingly, the original story was entirely invented by Anderson and wasn't based on an existing story from folklore.
Gulliver's Travels (2010)
Lemuel Gulliver: "There's no small jobs - just small people."
Not strictly a fairy tale, the big screen version of Gulliver's Travels was based on the 18th century satire on human nature by Jonathan Swift.
In a version that largely dispensed with Swift's parodic inclinations, Jack Black plays the oversized unfortunate who is held prisoner by the tiny people of Lilliputia, including Emily Blunt's princess and Billy Connolly's king.
Other film versions include a French silent film, a Soviet stop-motion movie The New Gulliver and the 1977 caper starring Richard Harris.
Beauty & The Beast (1991)
Beast: "Oh, it's no use. She's so beautiful, and I'm... Well, look at me!"
Based on the traditional French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, the Disney version came after the studio had first attempted to adapt it during the 1930s and 1950s.
However, after the success of The Little Mermaid, Uncle Walt had another bash with Robby Benson voicing the Beast, a prince who is magically transformed into a hideous monster as punishment for his selfishness. Paige O'Hara voices the young beauty imprisoned in his castle who grows to love him.
The story was first filmed in 1946's La Belle et la Bête, directed by Jean Cocteau, and other versions included Danish and American takes. The latest incarnation is a French production with Vincent Cassel as La Bête and Léa Seydoux as La Belle.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Ichabod Crane: "It is truth, but truth is not always appearance."
The spectral headless horseman is named as the culprit when three people find themselves headless in the the small town of Sleep Hollow.
New York police constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is despatched to investigate...but nothing is quite what it seems.
Tim Burton's adaptation of Washington Irving's 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow pays homage to various Hammer productions, such as Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde and other horrors including Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and various Roger Corman horror films.
Princess Aurora: "Don't be afraid
Maleficent: I am not afraid
Princess Aurora: Then come out.
Maleficent: Then you'll be afraid."
The self-proclaimed 'mistress of all evil' provided the main antagonist in Disney's 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty.
An adaptation of the wicked fairy godmother from the original 17th century Grimm fairy tale Little Briar Rose, she curses the infant Princess Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun sets on her 16th birthday.
Angelina Jolie will play the dark wrong 'un who puts a curse on little Dakota Fanning in the 2014 version directed by Robert Stromberg, who oversaw the special effects on Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
Into The Woods (2014)
Due for a Summer 2014 release.
The big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical fantasy draws its characters from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella.
Set in an alternate world of interweaving Grimm fairy tales, a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) learn they've been cursed childless by a witch (Meryl Streep) and must embark into the woods to find the objects required to break the spell and begin a family.
Fairy tale favourites Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) also join the party in an adventure that also stars Chris Pine as the prince and Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf.
Upcoming, live-action 're-imagining' of Disney's 1950 animation starring Lily James as the downtrodden stepdaughter who overcomes adversity (ie her nasty step-sisters and step-mother) to ensure that someday her prince will come.
The traditional European folk tale (recounted by both the Brothers Grimm and French storyteller Charles Perrault) has been adapted for the screen more than a dozen times.
Versions include the 1899 French silent movie Cendrillon, a silent version starring Mary Pickford, an American erotic musical, the musical Soviet animated film Zolushka and a South Korean horror in 2006.