reporting by Josh Horowitz
At this point, you've probably already seen some of the trailers, posters, and magazine covers for Disney's epic fantasy musical, "Into the Woods." But those out there who didn't grow up with a hearty theater background might not know what makes Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning production so special -- and lucky for you, we got Anna Kendrick to explain it.
"'Into the Woods' -- they were the first ones to do the bend on the fairy tales," Kendrick, who plays Cinderella in the film, told MTV News. "[The musical] was originally from 1987. Before 'Shrek' and 'Maleficent,' [before] people started doing these tale-bending fairy tales, they got Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella, wicked witches, the big bad wolf... all these characters to come together and reckon with each other in the woods."
We don't want to spoil the movie -- which comes out on Christmas day -- but know that this reckoning (in the musical, anyway) includes death, magic, the perils of wish fulfillment, and a hefty dose of adultery. But Kendrick added that, for fairy tale/Disney lovers, the classic elements of each character's story would still be there.
"They're all on their own personal journeys," she added. "Cinderella needs to get to the ball and meet the prince, Little Red needs to get to Grandmother's house, Jack goes up the beanstalk. And then, after they get their personal wishes, then they have to come together. There's consequences to all of their actions. Not everything is happily ever after. They have to come together to figure out how to survive. It gets real."