Fanlala Talks With ‘INTO THE WOODS’ Cast!

10881498_740515976032465_1283154419496644144_nIt is quite a treat to watch our favorite fairytale characters interacting – from Little Red Riding Hood to Cinderella to Rapunzel.

Combine that aspect with a fantastic soundtrack, stunning visuals, humor and life lessons, you get Into The Woods; Disney’s screen-stealer that reexamines the typical “Happily Ever After” tale.

With metaphors abound in the woods, the cast members were drawn to the project because of the messages incorporated in the Steven Sondheim musical. Tracey Ullman, who plays Jack’s mother, spoke about her initial connection with the story.

Tracey+Ullman+Woods+Premieres+NYC+wiqRTU_mfyLl“My son was in [the production] when he was in middle school and I watched it for ten nights. The complexity of the music and the phrasing—it was like Shakespeare! It really got to me on so many levels in particular the production of ‘No One Is Alone.’ I just went home filled with all these emotions.”

Director Rob Marshall agreed by explaining that Into The Woods asks children to really think when watching the film, simply because of the nature of the themes layered throughout. Today’s world has become much more fragile, and the movie is geared to console this generation.

“I feel like the ultimate message of this piece lives in the song ‘No One Is Alone,’ where children understand when they’re dealing with something scary—a loss of some kind, devastation or hardship—that they’re not alone in this world. There’s a great sense of comfort and hope… It’s about community.”

10863634_740443352706394_1749314447_nTo Marshall, Into The Woods has it all—the heart, the spirit, the humor, as well as the deeper subtext and morals sprinkled throughout.

“That’s why I love the great classic films like The Wizard of Oz. It’s not just fun, but there’s messages about life.”

Even though Into The Woods is composed of classic fairytale characters crossing paths, even in this world of heightened reality, the film still manages to strike a cord with audiences in day-to-day life. Emily Blunt, who plays the Baker’s Wife, appreciated the depth of the movie.

“This film is less about fantasy, more so about reality.”

We cannot wait to get swept away in the retold fairytale, what about you? Let us know in the comments below which character you are most excited for and if you will be heading to the theaters this Christmas.

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on December 21, 2014, in Press Conferences. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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