Disney – the Dettol of Storytelling?

Comparing Disney films with their original stories.

My Top 5 Stupidest Disney Secrets

Some Disney characters will do idiotic things for the power of love, their pride (literal or not), or just to keep the story exciting, and this usually involves keeping secrets. … Continue reading

10/08/2014 · 4 Comments

The Rescuers vs. Miss Bianca

With its female co-star, female villain and subliminal female nudity, Disney’s The Rescuers saw more ladies get the limelight. Released in 1977, it was a testament to Bernard and Bianca’s prowess. Not only … Continue reading

13/07/2014 · 2 Comments

Mickey the Merciful…? Part Two – Who Disney Killed Off

Continuing our (my) bout of morbid fascination, let’s now look at some characters who survived the original but were doomed by Disney. Yes, this does actually happen from time to … Continue reading

22/01/2014 · 2 Comments

Mickey the Merciful: Part One – Who Disney Saved

Some of their characters have surprisingly horrible ends, so Disney don’t always shy away from including darker elements in their films. That said, there are still occasions when they can’t … Continue reading

13/01/2014 · 8 Comments

My Top 5 Mute Disney Characters

Sometimes the characters that say nothing can be the most compelling. We can only gauge their emotions through their movements, reactions or the musical score,  if we can gauge anything … Continue reading

04/01/2014 · 4 Comments

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs vs. Sneewittchen

Who would’ve thought that the story of a wicked queen, a princess, seven dwarfs and an apple could have kick-started the legacy of one of the biggest animation studios of … Continue reading

02/01/2014 · 3 Comments

The Fox and the Hound vs. The Fox and the Hound

It’s rather apt that Disney’s The Fox and the Hound and Daniel P. Mannix’s The Fox and the Hound are about as compatible as, um, a real life fox and … Continue reading

09/11/2013 · Leave a comment

Disney vs. Nature #3: The Lion King

With Prince George continuing the Circle of Life here in jolly old England, what better time to revisit The Lion King, until recently the highest grossing Disney film of all time … Continue reading

17/08/2013 · 14 Comments

My Top 5 Male Disney Characters

I haven’t posted in this section for a while, so I thought I would add my undoubtedly long-awaited list of favourite male characters. I should probably say from the outset … Continue reading

21/07/2013 · 2 Comments

Five Characters Disney Took to the Dark Side

Disney’s recent acquisition of Lucasfilm (and subsequent demolition of Lucas Arts, boo!) has reminded me that they can be just as adept at ramping up the evil as covering their … Continue reading

14/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Pocahontas vs. The Story of Pocahontas

Given the liberties Disney have taken with some of their stories, most audiences will take their films with a pinch of salt. However, if it’s based on the life of … Continue reading

03/07/2013 · 15 Comments

Disney vs. Nature #2: Dinosaur

Long ago, on an untouched Earth, giant lizard-like animals walked, grazed and hunted in their millions. Can you imagine a more awesome sight? Disney couldn’t, hence their first non-Pixar CGI … Continue reading

26/05/2013 · 8 Comments

Disney vs. Nature #1: Brother Bear

It’s not just the source text that requires Disney to tweak their stories, either for the sake of cinema, or to avoid reducing their average audience to a quivering mess … Continue reading

23/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Tangled vs. Rapunzel

Our first foray into CGI Disney, Tangled is based on the tale of Rapunzel, the girl with the long golden hair who uses it as a ladder to let people into her tower. … Continue reading

21/05/2013 · 4 Comments

Disney Play Cupid: 7 Couples They Had to Clean Up

You’d be hard pushed to find a Disney film without a spot of romance, but is the same true of their original stories? The short answer is yes, but that … Continue reading

19/02/2013 · 5 Comments

The Hunchback of Notre Dame vs. Notre-Dame de Paris

The 1996 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame saw Disney take more than a few risks with their storytelling. Featuring darker adult topics such as religious genocide and lust, it … Continue reading

27/11/2012 · 6 Comments

My Top 5 Disney Scores

I don’t know much about music, but I know what I like, and there are several Disney scores that have stuck in my mind long after the film has finished. … Continue reading

24/10/2012 · 5 Comments

Tarzan vs. Tarzan of the Apes

Set in the early 20th Century, Disney’s Tarzan is the story of a man who is raised by apes in the wilds of Africa and  discovered by his own kind years … Continue reading

08/10/2012 · 7 Comments

My Top 5 Female Disney Characters

This is not me procrastinating, honest. I was just doing more research for the next post and realised there are some rather cool female Disney characters that don’t get shouted … Continue reading

06/10/2012 · 3 Comments

Sleeping Beauty vs. Sole, Luna e Talia

Sleeping Beauty is based on the story of a princess who is put to sleep by an evil curse and awakened years later by a handsome prince. The tale of … Continue reading

06/07/2012 · 4 Comments

My Top 5 Scariest Disney Villains

My sincere apologies for the lack of posts lately. This is entirely due to preoccupation and laziness on my part, but I will post more “vs.” articles very soon. Next … Continue reading

29/06/2012 · 17 Comments

Hercules vs. Heracles

Set in Ancient Greece, Hercules is by far one of Disney’s most happy-go-lucky films. It’s about Zeus’ mortal son Hercules, who seeks to regain his place among the other gods … Continue reading

01/01/2012 · 21 Comments

Aladdin vs. Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp

Aladdin is based on one of the best known stories from the One Thousand and One Nights or Arabian Nights collection. It’s the tale of a peasant boy who finds … Continue reading

14/12/2011 · Leave a comment

The Jungle Book vs. The Jungle Books

Disney’s The Jungle Book is inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s novel The Jungle Books – specifically, the stories of Mowgli, a young boy raised by animals who must one day return … Continue reading

08/12/2011 · 17 Comments
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