The Snow Queen
Our rather beautiful children’s book The Snow Queen is a sparkling new translation (by Misha Hoekstra) of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s tale of ice and snow, good and evil; but did you know that it was the initial inspiration behind Disney’s Frozen?
We’ve been thinking about other books which have inspired classic Disney films, from fairy stories to jungle tales. What is your favourite children’s film based on a book? Tweet us your answer to win a copy of our gorgeous edition of The Snow Queen.
Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll’s classically kooky tale of Alice falling through a rabbit hole has inspired a wealth of references in popular culture and literature from The Matrix to Jefferson Airplane. Not least is the 1951 Disney adaptation which is widely loved and known as one of the biggest cult classics in animation.
Neverland was of course initially dreamed up by playwright J. M. Barrie, with Peter Pan’s cast of Lost Boys, Native Americans, fairies and pirates initially the traffic of a stage play. The play was later published by Barrie as a novel Peter and Wendy and given the Walt Disney treatment in 1953.
The Little Mermaid
Another classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Little Mermaid was turned into a Disney film in 1989 and is often credited for breathing life back into the tradition of Disney animated feature films.
Originally a folk tale from the Brothers Grimm stable, Rapunzel received its Disney adaptation in the form of the 2010 3D computer-animated film Tangled. Both the film and original story play on rebellion and growing up, but in this case (unlike most Grimm/ Disney adaptations), the Disney version is the darker of the two.
The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling’s childhood experiences in India were the foundation for The Jungle Book, a collection of stores initially published in magazines in 1893. When Disney produced their 1967 animated film it took huge liberties with the plot of Kipling’s Mowgli stories, and also mangled the pronunciation of many of the character’s names.
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