Bookish Radness

The Books Behind Disney

I love Disney. The parks, the movies, the cartoons. So when I heard there would be live actions for both Aladdin AND Lion King (both in my top 5 favorites), I was immediately in. Recently they dropped the full length trailer for Lion King and y’all, I WANT A PET LION CUB. Anyway, if you haven’t seen it, here it is:

Did you know the The Lion King was the first Disney animated feature to be an original story? Although, it was inspired by both Shakespeare (Hamlet) and the Bible (the lives of Joseph and Moses). I love hearing the inspiration of movies I love and because no one on the internet asked, I’m here to provide a list of other well known Disney movie inspirations or the book they’re based off of:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: This Brothers Grimm tale was the first animated film produced by Disney. Have y’all watched this one recently? I started watching it with my niece a couple years ago and had to turn it off because we she got scared by the Queen.

Cinderella: Also by the same name by Brothers Grimm. Their version is much more gruesome.

Little Mermaid: The original story was written by Hans Christian Andersen. Is it the same romantic ending? Can’t say it is. She doesn’t end up with the Prince, but doesn’t turn into sea foam like all other mermaids, so there’s that.

Beauty and the Beast: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve is credited with the oldest version of this tale. She was around in the 1700s.

The Fox and the Hound: This one is based on the 1967 novel by American Daniel P. Mannix and guess what, it’s just as depressing as the movie.

Pinocchio: The 1883 Italian classic The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi, reveals that Pinocchio was much more into making bad decisions than the cartoon classic.

Tangled: Based off of Brothers Grimm’s (again!) Rapunzel, the original story shows us that these brothers and those who told these early folk had some issues.

Aladdin: We can thank the French archaeologist, Antoine Galland, for the interpretation of Arabian Nights for this one.

Mulan: This was inspired by the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. Apparently Mushu isn’t real though. I’m sad.

The Princess and the Frog: Shout out the Brothers again, but also 2002 book, The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker. Disney changed the setting though, thus the New Orleans vibe.

Frozen: This one was inspired by The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (1884).

What’s your favorite animated feature film?

I’ll end with the trailer for Aladdin because I’m really excited about this one too. Although, can we talk about how the casting of Jafar as creepy old man is neither creepy nor old man??

Movie Musings

Why the Hey Did I Watch These Movies as a Child? Plus Some 80s Classics

Today’s kids grew up on Harry Potter. You know what they missed out on? Movies featuring balls of fur rolling around eating people.

Jealousy, my friends, should be the only response.

Today belongs to my youth. Today’s post is an ode to my youth and the crazy movies I stumbled upon. Why I watched many of these, one will never know. Will I include photos for the first half? No. That image search would give me nightmares.

So without further ado, here’s three of my “favorites.” And by “favorites” I mean, what.the.hey.

IT – I’ve talked about this many times before. That’s probably a hint for all you psychologists about the effect this had on me. Clearly I’m still working through my issues of a murderous clown preying on small children on rainy days. What a great film to watch before the age of 10. By that I mean DON’T.EVER.WATCH.THIS.FILM. I should also bold that last statement just to get the point across. I still have the dialogue between Georgie and IT in the sewer seared in my brain. Apparently I thought it would make me seem cool if I watched it. It didn’t.  (I should confess…my parents had no idea I watched this until after the damage was done)

Arachnophobia – The name says it all kids. The name says it all. It’s bad enough I watched this when I was eight. It’s even worse I WANTED to see it on my birthday. Because nothing says happy birthday to an eight year old child like a screaming spider flying across the screen. I still remember the amount of air I got during the first scene that included a spider jumping out of a plant. I guess I thought I was ready to act like I was 30. Kids, don’t grow up too fast. There’s plenty of time for that. But who am I kidding?? If a movie like this came out now, you wouldn’t see me near it. The fear Indy has of snakes doesn’t come close to my hatred of spiders.

Critters – After watching this, I couldn’t touch an Easter egg for years (the little jerks hatched from eggs and unsuspecting people painted them as Easter eggs one year in the movie). According to wiki, this series (why yes, there was more than one) is about “a group of malevolent carnivorous aliens from outer space, called Krites, that have the ability to roll into balls and combine into a pernicious sphere that can roll across the landscape and cause mayhem. In appearance, the individual Krites resemble small furry/spiky animals with large mouths and many sharp teeth. Throughout the movies they attack humans by biting and attempting to eat them, or at least a piece of them.” Why wouldn’t you want to watch such a film??

But friends, not all my childhood was full of petrifying films. Oh no! I grew up in the 80s aka the decade of awesomeness. Photos from these? Heck yes, they’ll give you a clue to the incredible-ness of each film.


Back to the Future – This is a given. “McFlyyyyyyy!” The good news is, 2015 is just around the corner, so I’m pretty excited for the hover board to finally make its appearance. Oh and flying cars.

Goonies – If you have to ask why, then please stop being my friend. Unless it’s because you are young, then I’ll gladly regale in tales of this film. Every time I watch this movie, I still want to drop everything and go look for a pirate ship.

Every Disney cartoon ever created. Except The Fox and the Hound. Kuddos to producing the second most depressing cartoon ever Disney (second only to Dumbo).

Cloak and Dagger – It took awhile for me not to fear the Riverwalk, less I get kidnapped by a crazy grandma lady with missing fingers, but I simply love this film! Following little Davey, who stumbles across secret information from spies in a video game, it’s full of adventure and espionage. Seriously, still one of my favs. Plus, you have to appreciate the old school video games they have.

Flight of the Navigator – This film makes me want a pet alien. It’s a simple plot really: “In 1978, a boy is moved 8 years into the future and has an adventure with the alien ship that is responsible for that.” It’s as awesome as it sounds. “Compliance!”

Labyrinth – The only negative of this film is David Bowie’s creepy pants. Other than that, it pretty much sums up the 80s (and maybe the effects of the 70s….) “Allo….No, I said “‘allo,” but that’s close enough.”

Dark Crystal – Between this and Labyrinth, it makes me wonder what was going on with Jim Henson during the creation of these films. This movie is so tripped out I don’t even know how to describe it. All I know is my siblings and I loved the recorded-from-TV version we had and watched it all the time. Well, if you must know, here’s the official description: “On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.” Add puppets and you know that’s award-winning material right there.

Alright my fellow children of the 80s (or anyone else really), what are some of your favorites? And for you youngins (I kid! I kid!) who grew up in the 90s, what are your favs (because I’ll actually remember those like yesterday)?