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??