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Traditional tales as we refer to them today began as orally told stories which were enjoyed as much by an adult audience as by children. Normally containing a moral message these stories have been used to educate as much as entertain.
The stories began to be formalised and written down in the early 1800’s, principally (and most famously) by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.
Many of the classic tales have since been re-imagined and immortalised on film (most notably by Walt Disney).
The tradition of storytelling is as old as humanity itself.
Beginning with cave paintings that tell the story of a hunt, through the myths and legends of ancient civilizations and on to more modern storytelling forms such as cinema, the desire to use imagination and to communicate with one another in a creative way is innate in human nature.
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