repressed animators take a preverted twist on some classic fairy tales.
Severin Films R0 DVD release, due 14th November.
a court-house in Middle America, an old woman is on trial. Claiming to
be Mother Goose herself, she is accused of telling obscene stories. She
contests this allegation, claiming that she was only telling the truth
that generations of repressive kings have hidden away - the true
stories behind the classic fairy tale characters. First we meet Jack;
obsessed with sucking teats, he sells the family cow for a suck on a
gypsy's nipples and some magic beans - but when these beans grow into a
beanstalk, and Jack ends up in the castle of a giant, and his horny
wife, how will he survive? What of Cinderella, who's father was seduced
by a hag with a love potion purchased from the Witch of the Wang, and
who is forced to do house-work for her hideous step-sisters, yet is the
desire of a near-by Prince? Then the poor tale of Red Riding Hood -
forced to pay the terrible price of passage by all the men of the
forest as she ran to a wedding... and just how will all these stories
affect the courthouse jury!?
Obscenely daft and enjoyable, Once Upon a Girl
is entertaining from the very start. Split into three stories,
(although with various other cameo roles, including Pimpy the 8th
Dwarf), the classic fairy tales are twisted into erotic fables, packed
full of random sex and nudity. The humour is unashamedly purile
(witness Jack hiding inside the pussy of the giant's wife as she is
roundly screwed by her husband) and there is plenty of swearing to boot
(not quite to a Southpark level),
but the film still raises a laugh and the explicitness and swearing
never go over-the-top. To the film's detriment, it does sometimes seem
to have been over-extended to the feature film length, and some scenes
do drag a little - an trimming to an hour could have done it some
favours - while some of the running gags (notably Jack's stutter) get a
little tiresome, yet the film is rarely dull and has a fitting
Although beginning with the live action courthouse
scenes, the story soon moves into animation as Mother Goose begins her
tales. The animated scenes are typical of the 1970s and should be
recognisable to fans of the various Hannah-Barbara television series
(director Don Jurwich had previously worked on Scooby-Doo), the music helps to add to the daft tone of the whole production and the live action scenes are well directed.
voice-over artist Hal Smith, best known as Otis the town drunk in the
Andy Griffith show, plays Mother Goose with just the right degree of
pantomime, while the rest of the voices are nicely done and fit the
tone of the film perfectly.
Ultimately, Once Upon a Girl
is not for everyone, and certainly not for kids. However, it makes for
a very entertaining evening's viewing, and is a quite unique film, with
some wonderfully purile humour and plenty of shameful laughs to be had.
Enjoyable for both men and women (and a great film to watch as a
couple), it comes recommended.
Anyone famous in it?
No-one of note.
Directed by anyone interesting?
Don Jurwich - a Hollywood animator, best known for directing GI Joe: the Movie (1987)
Innumerable and often quite explicit cartoon sex scenes, with a brief live action topless scene.
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.85:1 widescreen. Colour. Print quality is very good with only some minor flicker and a mild layer of film grain.
English mono. Sounds fine.
The disc includes:
Original trailer, decent condition.
An interesting interview with executive producer William Siverkleit who explains the background to the film. (9 minutes)
Due for release on the 14th November.
Region 0 (ALL) - NTSC
No other releases.
Believed to be Fully uncut.
Oscenely daft, but highly enjoyable, this unique take on classic fairy tales comes recommended.
A very good print of a film
that has only existed in duff tape copies until now, with an
interesting interview feature. Recommended disc.