Perhaps you didn't get to watch this fantasy gem of a TV mini-series (9 hours), but it's one of my favorites. My husband bought me the DVD set for Christmas one year. It's where I fell in love with Scott Cohen as Wolf.
It's back in the news because it's coming to Blueray on November 3rd for it's 15th anniversary. I've been married 15 years and we watched it together and bonded over this movie. It's special to me.
The trolls are a bit cheesy, they sort of overact, but you let that slide because they spend half the movie as solid gold statues. They come into their own by the end of it.
The cheesiest parts are when they are in the 'real world' of New York City. They stick out like store thumbs. Many of the New York scenes are a bit cheesy, (the licking the shoes, the vacuum eating the rugs and curtains while saying clean clean clean), but NONE of them with Scott Cohen. Those parts are amazing. His therapy session is the best!
As a writer, I think some of it could have been edited a little. Once the characters cross into the fantasy realm of the 9 Kingdoms, the show comes into its own. I personally like to rewatch the 2nd and 3rd DVDs of the set. It's still long, but each part adds something to the story.
There's love, denial, fairytales, magic, and an epic quest to save the Prince and reconcile with the past, finding one's destiny.
Virginia is 'so cold' as Snow White's ghost tells her; her heart is closed off. Maybe it's the cruelty of reality living in a city with her father a disrespected maintenance man and she a disrespected waitress.
Then there's the nod to one of my favorite actors of all time - Warwick Davis. He is amazing, as usual, as Acorn the dwarf.
Anyway, they are asking for fan love in the form of a video, no more than 40 seconds, of why a sequel should be made. Here a few of my thoughts, not recorded on video.
1. The trolls would be different, since (spoiler), their father is dead, they certainly could easily be tricked out of ruling their kingdom and play only minor roles.
2. Virginia and Wolf will have a child, maybe a few, and would need to travel between the worlds. Some teenage angst and a new love story could emerge between a child of theirs and a new character who needs someone or something rescued. The child could escape there, be forced there by trickery, or magic, and Virginia and Wolf could either be stolen away or kept from entering the world.
3. The Prince could have a child as well and perhaps that Prince or Princess would fall in love with Virginia and Wolf's son or daughter.
4. This story included Snow White, Little Bo Peep, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, King Cole who wore the Emperor's Clothes, beanstalks, a magic wishing well, Fairy Godmother ideas, and gypsies. Perhaps this new one explores a different Fairy Tale mashup with these stories intersperesed. Oooh, Giants would be a nice twist.
5. Special Effects have improves vastly in 15 years! They could do some REALLY amazing things.
6. Fairy tales are always a safe bet when it comes to views, but with good editing and hindsight and insight on what worked and what didn't, a sequel could be BETTER than the first.
As long as Scott Cohen and Warwick Davis are on board, I'm in!