Author Archives: prestonwi

The Many Pivots of the 1970s

The 1970s is a decade characterized by many historians as a “pivot of change” for America politically, economically, and socially. There are few places that better show this drastic change in U.S. values and societal attitudes than the television programing … Continue reading

Posted in Watching TV | Tagged | Leave a comment

Dramaturg Digest: Just A Little Change, Small To Say The Least

This edited post was originally published in full on The 4th Wall, a blog about dramaturgy run by the BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts. We’ve partnered with the cast and crew of an upcoming BYU musical production of Disney’s Beauty … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Dramaturg Digest: Tale As Old As Time

This edited post was originally published in full on The 4th Wall, a blog about dramaturgy run by the BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts. We’ve partnered with the cast and crew of an upcoming BYU musical production of Disney’s … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Halloween Infographic: Frankenstein the Fairy Tale?

 Happy Halloween from our group of fairy tale scholars! Please enjoy this infographic designed and created by our own Audra Coleman as our treat to you.  

Posted in Watching TV | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Pan” Post-Mortem: A Peter Pan Story in Name Only

Sadly, the latest big-screen adaption of Peter Pan has failed in almost every way possible. From a business perspective, the film will end up costing Warner Bros., the studio that funded the project, a staggering $100 million or more. The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

The Artistic Revolution of the 1960s

In Donald Haase’s “The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: A-F” Wolfgang Mieder uses the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin to describe the practicality and efficiency of using folklore and fairy tale iconography in advertising. He likens the pied … Continue reading

Posted in Watching TV | Tagged | Leave a comment

Introducing America to TV Commercials

On the first day of July in 1941 a few lucky New Yorkers with televisions tuned in to the WNBT station to see their Brooklyn Dodgers take on the visiting Phillies. The handful of baseball fans who got to their television sets … Continue reading

Posted in Watching TV | Tagged | 2 Comments

Promotional Small-Screen Fairies

Visualizing Wonder is project devoted to the neglected study and education of fairy tales on television. With tools like a searchable teleography and visualizations showing which characters show up on which shows we’ve made great strides is showing television’s love … Continue reading

Posted in Watching TV | Tagged | Leave a comment