The original Brothers Grimm tale of “Hansel and Gretel” is somewhat similar to the MGM movie adaption of Hansel and Gretel. Both the fairy tale and the movie take place during the same time period, the children’s trail of dried carbohydrates was eaten by birds therefore leaving the children stranded in the middle of the forest, they find a house made out of sweets in which a witch lives, the children are imprisoned by the witch, and the children defeat the witch by forcing her into her own oven.
Though there are some differences between the movie and the fairy tale. In the movie there is much more of an introduction to the children and their family then there is in the fairy tale. The movie shows the children helping their father with his work by taking the wood into town and selling it to people, in the town the baker gives Gretel a bag of cookie crumbs and doesn’t give the children’s father the amount of money that he is due. The beginning of the movie also helps to let the audience know that the family isn’t rich, but in fact is very poor. Another thing that is different in the fairy tale then in the movie is that the children’s step-mother convinces their father that the only way for him and her to continue to live on the little food that they have left is for the father to take the children out into the middle of the woods and leave them there so that the children won’t eat up all of their food. This is different from what happens in the MGM movie. In the movie the family’s neighbor gives them milk, their mother made a custard and went to gather berries to go with it. While their mother was away Hansel and Gretel started to play, they didn’t notice when the donkey came in and started to eat the custard and drink the milk as they were to caught up in their own tom-fool-a-re. When their mother came back she was so mad at the children that she told them to go out into the woods and not to came back until they ad picked enough berries for the whole family to have a meal.