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What we learned from Disney’s Into the Woods trailer

Fans who eagerly anticipated a teaser for Disney’s Into the Woods might be disappointed.

Into the Woods is Disney’s adaptation of the 1986 Stephen Sondheim play by the same name. The box-office version brings us some of Hollywood’s biggest players — Meryl Streep as the witch, Johnny Depp as the wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Emily Blunt as the baker’s wife and Chris Pine as Cinderella’s prince.

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IMDb hints at the plot of Into the Woods with this description: “A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.” Those of us not familiar with the play quickly gather from the teaser that this story mishmashes fairy tale characters — but that’s about all it tells us.

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Do we finally get to see these legendary characters on the other side of their fairy tales? Does Cinderella make the wicked stepmother and stepdaughters her slaves and then divorce the prince? The trailer leaves us wondering this and more. Where is Johnny Depp? Will younger audiences enjoy seeing their fairy tale heroes and heroines in such a dark tale? Will the Christmas release of this highly anticipated film be a blockbuster phenomenon for Disney or will it tank like Depp’s The Lone Ranger?

See the trailer for yourself, but don’t be surprised if you are a bit underwhelmed.

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