Comparing Disney films with their original stories.
Like most people, I grew up with Disney films, and some of my favourite films have been made in their studios. However, they are notorious for sanitising many a fairy tale for more modern and family-friendly audiences. Out of curiosity, I am embarking on a literary quest to see just how different these films are from their source texts. It’s also an excuse for me to watch lots of cartoons and actually do some damn reading.
Just to clarify, I love Disney films, so I won’t be tutting through each note saying how the book is much better than the movie. Also, I know that Disney don’t always take inspiration from the bona fide original (Sleeping Beauty being a case in point), but I’m primarily interested in how much the story has changed from the original, and Disney’s own interpretation of it.
Where possible, I will read the source text in its original language (French and Italian FTW), but I may have to draw the line when it comes to Mulan (see what I did there?).
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