Know Your Fairy Tales

This year’s Spirit Week theme — Blank Ever After — required classes to come up with original sequels to traditional fairy tales.

Given that many of these fantastical stories have been around for a long time, they have been adapted and retold for generations, and contemporized for modern audiences. The Eagle Eye presents a series of videos featuring a handful of fairy tales as they were first recorded.


More commonly known as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, this fairy tale featured an old woman instead of Goldilocks when it was first recorded in Britain in the 19th century.

Story adapted and read by Kuulei Rodby (’16)
Filmed by Amelia McKenzie (’15) and Kylie Takai (’15)
Wee Bear — Blaise Takushi (’16)
Middle Bear — Sarah Yoo (’15)
Great Bear — Aaron Wilford (’15)
The Old Lady — Danielle Toda (’15)



The tale of “Jack and the Beanstalk” was first recorded in England in the early 19th century.

Story adapted and read by Jaryd Sugihara (’15)
Illustrations by Garrett Omoto, Art Teacher
Video edited by Jaryd Sugihara (’15)



The tale of “The Gingerbread Boy” was first published in an American children’s magazine in the late 19th century.

Story adapted and read by Trent Tsuzaki (’15)
Illustration by Sarah Yoo (’15)
Filmed by Blaise Takushi (’16) and Aaron Wilford (’15)
Video edited by Kylie Yamauchi (’16)



First recorded by the Grimm Brothers in 1812, “Hansel & Gretel” is a German folk tale.

Story adapted and read by Natalie Kwon (’18)
LEGO builders: Kara Marushige (’15), Amelia McKenzie (’15), Jaryd Sugihara (’15), Blaise Takushi (’16), Aaron Wilford (’15), Sarah Yoo (’15)
Photography & Lighting: Kara Marushige (’15), Amelia McKenzie (’15), Jaryd Sugihara (’15), Blaise Takushi (’16), Karly Tom (’17), Aaron Wilford (’15), Danielle Woo (’15), Kylie Yamauchi (’16)
Video edited by Kylie Yamauchi (’16)
Backdrop by Natalie Kwon (’18), Danielle Woo (’15)
Edited by Aaron Wilford (’15)



The origins of this tale are unclear but some attribute the story in its most commonly known form to an English fairy tale book published in 1890 titled “English Fairy Tales” by Joseph Jacobs.

Story adapted and read by Trent Tsuzaki (’15)
Illustration by Jana Sasaki (’15)
Video Editing By: Kara Marushige (’15)

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  1. says: Jordan Yasutomi

    Great rendition of the three bears. Quality and creativity! I love the twenties silent film theme. I like how you made Sarah and Aaron seem a lot taller, kinda like Charlie Brown 🙂 Very relevant to spirit week.

    Great concept for Jack and the Beanstalk. I wish you paused to show the finished picture for a few seconds before moving onto the next.

    HBA has students who show quality workmanship. WOW!

  2. says: Sharon Sheehab

    This was the first time I dug deeper into the Eagle Eye and was delightfully entertained by these students’ twists to classic fairy tales. It was with great admiration for the creativity, time and positive spirit behind these productions, that I share my comments on each.

    The Three Bears
    Fantastic choice of black & white film with background solo piano of “Rag Time Dance” by Scott Joplin. Research and minimalization of props reinforced by the perfect house setting in the background – log cabin room, open window and stylized door carving with antlered deers definitely grounded this classic fairy tale. The bears were humble with a purity about them and showed concern for one another. The old lady was hilarious in local kine antics, muumuu and goofiness and crudeness that was believable. My only suggestion would be to enact the last two scenes with the bears cleaning up the old lady’s mess and have her flailing her arms as she runs into the forest.

  3. says: Sharon Sheehab

    Jack and the Beanstalk
    Amazing adaptation of this classic! Enjoyed the quietness of the piano selection with an Asian melody as background to the mesmerizing illustrations of Mr. Omoto. The building up of characters strengthened by the anatomical structuring of the figures were hypnotic as they were brought to life with the narration. Loved the facial expressions and antics of the Golden Harp! Particular effective were the selections of text emphasizing peaks in the story. The editing was fantastic and the narration definitely spoken like a pro – Great Job Jared!

  4. says: Sharon Sheehab

    The Gingerbread Boy
    Freshly entertaining with the local twist of Asian “little old woman and little old man” in cultural character of chasing after the real cookie character of the the Gingerbread Boy. Nice contrast and constant reminder of how vulnerable and delicious the Gingerbread Boy is. First off, Trent’s narration, expressions and positive energy throughout set the tone for a successful production. Sarah’s illustrations with contrast in size of animals, varying perspectives and in particular, the last few scenes of the manipulative Red Fox consumption of the naive Gingerbread Boy add humor and warmth to his demise. A reminder of the moral lesson that when we are too confident and think ourselves too smart, God and life teach us the wisdom of humility and hasty decisions.

    Wonderful website and projects, I’ll be checking in more often :)!

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