Little Red Riding Hood (or Little Red Cap, as the original tale is called) is an exceptionally versatile tale, in that it can be made into a myriad of different forms. Plenty of examples are out there where little things have been added or changed to make the tale more interesting or appealing. One such would be the animation from 2010, created by Hyunjoo Song, entitled “Red”, in which the Wolf is a little boy who professes his love for Red with a flower. This version of Little Red Riding Hood is adorable, to say the least; but, more than that, this version of the tale takes on an entirely new moral, one that is important to recognize in life regularly, and one that we tend to forget or ignore.

In the animation, Red refuses the Wolf because he’s scary looking and she thinks he might hurt her. However, after sending him away, she comes across a soft and cute looking unicorn rabbit. After petting it and hugging it, she realizes that it’s actually a ferocious beast that tries to kill her. The moral here is plain to see, even without the ending in sight: ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. We’ve all heard this saying, and we all brush it off and let it slide. The phrase is overused in modern day and most every child has heard it and is tired of it. However, put into this new light, the moral appears to mean something again. In the case of the wolf and the rabbit, the scarier choice is the better one – the wolf saved Red, whereas the rabbit tried to kill her. In real life, this can be true as well. Sometimes, the scarier path is better. Getting a new job can be scary or threatening, and while we might think at the start that a cushy, safe job would be better, we might come to learn that it’s not and that it’s actually far worse than it seemed. This is also reflecting the idea that riskier options might be better; the wolf is riskier than the rabbit at the start of the animation, but by the end, he’s the far better choice reward wise. In real life, doing nothing is completely riskless, but if you do nothing your whole life, you’ll never get a worthwhile reward, whereas if you risk your security by going out into the world and working hard, you’ll be rewarded in kind.

These morals have great repercussions in real life. A child, seeing this animation for the first time, would be likely to retain the ideas presented in it. That’s one reason I love this animation. Another reason is because of the art style. I feel that the style of the pictures in this animation is fairytale-esk in nature, despite being a visual representation of something verbal or written. While this isn’t really a political or social cartoon and is more of a general comment about a single, strong moral, this animation has the benefit of being over 2 minutes long with changing scenes that will keep the viewers interest, instead of being a single picture left to interpretation. It is interpreted as you view, and leaves you wanting to watch it again to see more. This is especially good when compared to other political or social cartoons, which tend to fade from ones memory quickly, and tend to leave little to no impact on the viewer. This animation, with its splendid style and adorable plot, are sure to grasp the viewer’s interest and stick in their minds. It sure did with me, at least.

See the animation for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gxrI5CPYIM

http://the189.com/art/red-by-hyunjoo-song/

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