Hänsel und Gretel

By N Mark Castro

The Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm recorded folkloric stories around Europe and published their works in 1812, which included the story of siblings Hänsel und Gretel.

Ever since came out, parents and children that heard the story of Hänsel und Gretel were both terrified and inspired … and it wasn’t difficult to see why.


The story had all the ingredients: an evil stepmother, a poor woodcutter for a father, and a wicked cannibalistic witch, plus the courage of two siblings.

It’s no wonder it’s survived this long and had been adapted so many times, including this latest addition:

To most everyone who saw the film, however, part of the distraction was British actress Gemma Arterton.

She’s just damn too ‘purty’.

A revelation, however, was Pihla Viitala —

Oh sure her performance wasn’t Oscar-material but her quiet presence onscreen made you think that, one day, this girl would make it big just as her ‘big-size’ defied conventional wisdom of what’s hot.


She may be big but …

That’s what real women are like …

As the wicked and cannibalistic witch haunted our childhood with her nose warts and evil cackles, despite our ages now, those psychological scars aren’t going anywhere.

And I can hardly wait to inflict upon that same fear to my children … Castro Brothers … meet the Grimm Brothers.

Welcome to the world, kids.


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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