Be careful for what you wish for
In a far-off kingdom lived a fair maiden, a sad young lad and a childless baker with his wife.
“More than anything, Cinderella wishes to go to the King’s Festival, Jack wishes his cow, Milky-White, would give him some milk, the Baker and his Wife wish for a child. But, scrubbing in the kitchen, Cinderella and her foolish reveries are mocked by her Stepmother and her Stepsisters; Jack’s Mother wants him to sell Milky-White; and the Baker and his Wife are distracted by the arrival of Little Red Riding Hood, in search of a sticky bun to take to her grandmother in the woods. The Witch next door offers to end the couple’s barrenness if the Baker can find four crucial ingredients for a magic
potion: “the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, the slipper as pure as gold.”
Cinderella wishes to attend the Prince’s festival, but her stepsisters and stepmother are trying to prevent her from going. Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk) wishes for a better life; but his mother, desperate for money, makes him take his cow, Milky White, into the woods to sell her. Little Red Riding Hood visits the Baker and the Baker’s Wife to purchase bread to
take to her sick grandmother in the woods.
Meanwhile, the Baker and his wife lament the fact they are childless. Soon, the Witch from next door visits and reveals she is the cause behind their infertility: in the past she placed a curse on their family because they stole from her precious garden. In order to reverse the curse, the Witch assigns them a series of tasks to complete in “three days time.” During their quest to fulfill the witches’ demands, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and numerous other fairy tale figures in the woods. Each story is altered and intertwined, and most eventually work towards the same
goal, but not until they each realize the repercussions of their desired “happily ever afters.”