We at Epic Færytales are saddened to report that the legendary Sir Ian Holm has passed away at the age of 88.

In a way, I feel like I grew up with Sir Ian Holm. From the time I was a child, he was a staple in film and TV depictions of all the best legendary tales. His repertoire includes films such as Chariots of Fire, The Fifth Element, and From Hell (one of my favorite thrillers ever). My first memories of him are as a pharisee in the 1970s TV mini-series, Jesus of Nazareth. Of course, Ian famously went on to play the beloved Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings films. Even from a young age, I remember being fascinated by his ability to play a wide-eyed innocent or a cynical protagonist. He was a gifted actor, able to become any role he set his mind to. He will be greatly missed.

I’m old, Gandalf. I know I don’t look it but I’m beginning to feel it in my heart. I feel thin… sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday. A very long holiday. And I don’t expect I shall return. In fact I mean not to. ~Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring

Go rest, Bilbo. You’ve served us well.

Update — February 20, 2020:

Since releasing this article, I have subsequently realized that I have been duped. In a nutshell, I did not do my due diligence to realize this is a fan-made trailer. The glaringly obvious here is that I have not watched Episodes I-III in many years, which would explain why I did not pick up on the regurgitated footage. As I slowly die inside, I will edit my previous stance to say, “Wouldn’t this concept be great? I can’t wait to see what Disney actually does with Kenobi.” 

*distant weeping*

However… the original premise of this article remains true (and in some ways, is only reiterated by my negligence): Disney made Star Wars better. I stand proudly on this hill, and will gladly die in this battle.

Read on if you’d like to laugh at my expense. ~Morgan


Original article from February, 16, 2020:

Okay, I’ve been dying to write about this ever since I saw the first teaser. Can we stop what we’re doing for a moment to discuss KENOBI? Because Blessed Mother of the Wookies this looks so good.

If you haven’t watched The Mandalorian yet, stop reading this article, subscribe to Disney+ and watch all eight episodes RIGHT NOW. Then come back here and finish our discussion.

I’ll wait…

[Okay, I hate when authors do that. Acting like you’re really going to comply with their ridiculous demands and then come back to the article later. And here I am, writing the article that way. I’m sorry. Please don’t leave me.]

But seriously… if I’ve learned anything about Star Wars in the many decades I’ve been a fan, it’s that the extended universe is just as good, if not better than the canon. The Mandalorian, Clone Wars (the animated series), Solo, Rogue One… Controversial to some, I know. But I can’t help but love these side stories and expansions of the main story so much. Sometimes more than the originals. (Although NOTHING will ever top Harrison Ford as Han Solo. NOTHING, I SAY.) And now I find myself salivating over this new trailer for Kenobi. Because let’s face it: Ben Kenobi is probably the coolest character in the whole story. Okay, okay, except for the Mandalorian. And the Child. I get it. But I digress…

So let’s just break down a few finer points about the trailer here as we wait impatiently for December.

  1. The Music.

    • LAWD JESUS IT’S A FIRE. I absolutely love reimagined pieces. It’s why I’m such a nerd for Hidden Citizens (go listen to them if you haven’t yet. They’re seriously ridiculous good.) So to hear these familiar melodies from the Star Wars epic reimagined into haunting piano solos and brooding movements… yeah. I’m a fan. Good job, Disney. I guess it pays to let a multi-billion dollar conglomerate buy out your brand. (Yes, in case you can’t tell, I’m not mad about what Disney has done to Star Wars. They’ve made it better. Fight me.)
  2. The Cinematography.

    • This is movie-quality magic here, folks. Watch it again and tell me I’m wrong. Gone are the days of crappy knock-off TV shows with poor filming and lousy sets. These Disney-made sagas are something other, my friends. And my videographer friend pointed out to me that The Mandalorian was filmed in front of a 360º LCD screen. (Say whaaaa??) I haven’t looked it up yet, but I’m guessing Kenobi will be the same. The technology is INCREDIBLE.
  3. The Characters.

    • Darth Maul, folks. Enough said. One of the few saving graces of Episodes I-III is back. I’m not mad at all. And an all-star cast of familiar faces and new faces, too. They’re putting their money where their Star Wars mouth is. So haters, listen up: like them or hate them, Disney ain’t playin’ around.

I’m going to leave it there at risk of sounding obsessed. But sufficient to say, I’m so excited for this next installment of the Disney-induced Star Wars Universe Expansion Kit. Here’s to Ben! And here’s to December!

So unless you’re living in an alternate universe where Twitter doesn’t exist and Cary Elwes isn’t the most beautiful man alive, then you probably already know that there are rumors flying around of a potential The Princess Bride remake. Also, if in said alternative universe you do not follow Epic Færytales on a regular basis (inconceivable!), you would not know of our (read: MY) deep, abiding, earth-shattering love for the film, the book, and basically anything TPB.

You can guess how I felt about the rumors of a movie reboot.

At the risk of sounding cliché, a remake would be, well, inconceivable. For about 37.6 different reasons. And apparently we’re not the only ones who feel that way. Here are some famous tweets to help convince you, in case you’re on the fence.

From the Queen herself, folks.

And if that weren’t convincing enough…

The blinding truth

The movie is perfect. There, I said it. Watch any ’80s B-level fantasy film (of which there are MANY) and you’ll see a recurring theme: terrible cinematography, cheesy music, and lame sauce muppet-style creatures. Not so with The Princess Bride. The soundtrack is delightfully jaunty and perfectly dramatic. The cinematography was ahead of its time. And the satire is deliciously savage. Arguably, this is the world’s most perfect film. Drama? Check. Adventure? Check. Humor? Check. Magic? Check. Swords? Check. Gorgeous Pirates? Check, check (here’s looking at you, Cary).

So here it is—my letter to the proverbial “they” who make these decisions. May you receive it well.

Dear Hollywood,

I get it. Remakes are bank. They really are. But there are lines. There are some things that are just sacred—things that should never be changed. The Big Mac. The formula for Coca Cola. The exorbitant amount of Starbucks locations in the United States. And lastly, The Princess Bride.

I’ve talked to God. If you change it, he will smite thee. It’s not worth the risk.


Morgan – Representative of the Rightful-Thinking People of the World

Also, if you follow this blog at all, you know that there’s no book I recommend more than The Princess Bride. The movie is great. The book is PERFECTION. Read it. Now. Stop what you’re doing and read it. Immediately. I’m serious.

We are so excited to introduce someone to you today. We’re all about indies. Rogues. Entrepreneurs. Creatives who pave the way for something new. Through the wonders of the internet, we stumbled across an exciting project that we think is worth sharing — an independent fantasy short film, A Promise of Light. Chock-full of mythical creatures, wondrous new worlds, and yes, puppetry the likes of Jim Henson, this film promises to be an epic adventure!

So without further ado, let us introduce you to Timothy Moran, the man and the visionary behind the film.

EF: Timothy, we’re so excited to introduce you to our readers! Can you tell us a little more about you? How did you get started and what has inspired you?

Timothy: From an early age I have always gravitated towards fantasy films and stories alike. They captured my fertile imagination and took me from my small Canadian village to distant lands filled with magic, myth and fantastical creatures. Like most kids form the 80’s I was heavily drawn to movies such as Star Wars, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth just to name a few. In my early teenage years I became interested in filmmaking and after purchasing a small video camera I started making experimental short films in my spare time with my cousins and friends from school. After a period of time in Film School, I went on and made several award winning short films that have played around the world and yet none of them have ever entered into the fantasy genre until the short film that I am making now, A Promise of Light.

EF: Tell us about your journey. What has it been like?

Timothy: It has been my experience in life that no road is ever smooth, especially when it comes to making a film. In knowing this though, you know that a project is worth making when despite all of the obstacles you see ahead, you decide to make the film anyways. One of the creative struggles we faced from the start was knowing that we were going to be needing someone who specializes in practical effects, more specifically, large form puppetry. One of our main characters in the film is a giant alien creature who is inspired by the genius of Jim Henson, and most specifically the creatures that he designed for the film The Dark Crystal. So trying to find the right person to design, build and then puppeteer the character was a big challenge, and yet through persistence and reaching out to people within the puppeteering industry we were led to an amazingly talented artist, (Matt Ficner) who has jumped at the chance to be a part of the project. Our biggest challenge that is currently facing our production is finding the right investors who love both the fantasy genre and the style of film that we are making!

EF: You seem like a highly-creative individual who likes to take risks! Tell us more about some of the projects you have taken on.

Timothy: The producers who I have worked with in the past have always been a little cautious in asking about what idea I want to make next, specifically because they know that my films are uniquely ambitious for their size. From staging battles during the War of 1812 to period horror films there seems to be a pattern which each successive film outdoes the last in terms of vision and scope. One of the things that stands out most in my memory as a highlight from my resume of films was being able to film an adaptation of “The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton” by Charles Dickens. The King Goblin costume was eight-feet tall and seeing him being performed in a graveyard at night, surrounded by fog was a thrill to direct.

EF: So what are you working on now, Timothy?

Timothy: This next year will see our team of filmmakers completing the short film, A Promise of Light. It’s our hope that by early 2020 the film will be ready to send out to festivals where we can start generating interest for a feature film version of the story. Aside from that, there are a few other stories rolling around with various collaborators both here in Canada as well as New Zealand, that will be ready to start filming in the next year as well, so there’s always lots of exciting projects to get behind and help get made.

Current Project:

A Promise of Light 2020

Past Projects:

Presage 2017



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Millennials rejoice–the new Aladdin trailer is here! We’ll be honest: the teasers that have come out so far have been… lackluster to say the least. But this trailer… well, let’s just say this trailer has certainly rekindled our excitement for a whole new world of Aladdin!

We weren’t sold on Will Smith as the genie until we saw this, either. The truth is, being Disney purists, it seemed an insurmountable task for ask anyone to do a better job than the late, great Robin Williams. But Will Smith seems to own the role in a very Will-Smithy way, and it looks promising, to say the least.

We’re super fans of these live action remakes of the Disney animated classics, and Aladdin looks like it will not disappoint.

What do you think? We want to hear from you! Check out the trailer below and sound off in the comments!

The adventures on which authors take us can have lasting impact. Nothing could be more true of the epic saga from the visionary mind of J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. Whether you’re an avid fan of the books or a binge watcher of the movies (or both), Tolkien’s world is as unforgettable as it is magical.

But sometimes, the authors themselves lived a life as adventurous as the worlds they created, and J. R. R. Tolkien is no exception.

It’s about what it means to love. And to be loved. About courage. It’s about a fellowship. ~Tolkien

The new film of his life, Tolkien, looks like it won’t disappoint — an epic love story, coupled with his experience in World War I, which inspired the juxtaposition of beauty and horror in his books the likes of The Shire and Mordor. We don’t know about you, but we will be waiting with bated breath for this film. Check out the brand new trailer and sound off in the comments — are you as excited as we are?



Frozen II Is Coming This Autumn

So the new teaser trailer for Frozen II dropped and we’ve gotta say… it looks like it won’t disappoint. Where the first movie was downright perfect, the second one looks as if it might be better. And if it’s possible, the animation is even more gorgeous (Elsa’s hair, anyone?).

But the big question is: what’s up with Elsa? Why is she trying to walk on water? And autumn? Why autumn and not winter? It’s intriguing, the picture that is painted in this two-minute teaser. It’s obvious that something is wrong in Arendelle, and Elsa is determined to fix it, of course with the help of her zany little sister Anna and one of our favorite Disney love interests, Kristoff. But the big questions remain.

We’d love to know what you think. Sound off in the comments and tell us what you think our favorite Snow Queen is up to!

Rainy Day Reading Music

Some of the best soundtracks out there are absolutely PERFECT for reading a great faerytale or fantasy on a rainy day. So we’ve compiled a list of our favorites. Have one you love that you don’t see? Comment below and tell us!

Alice In Wonderland Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In my opinion, there is no better composer than Danny Elfman, and this is one of his best. I put this on when I’m writing almost every time. It transports me to another place (okay, it transports me to Wonderland) and puts me in the mood to write or read faerytales.

Snow White & The Huntsman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

You can’t go wrong with a soundtrack that features Florence + The Machine. Hands down, if there’s a band that’s faerytale music, it’s F+TM. And this entire soundtrack is just money, honey.

Braveheart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I know it’s not a faerytale, but I mean come one. It’s Braveheart. And there is something inherently magical about Scottish music. Those bagpipes are just perfect.