Source Material of Alice in Wonderland

26th December, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland borrows elements from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as its sequel: Through the Looking-Glass. Lewis Carroll has many pursuits, including mathematics and photography, but we remember him best for his literary works (the Alice books being his most famous). I read both books in a Victorian literature class I […] Read More

Source Material of Cinderella

22nd July, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Cinderella

Cinderella’s roots come from a fairytale, of course. You probably knew this, but you might not have known how deep and far-reaching those roots actually are. Cinderella-type stories have appeared in ancient Egypt and Greece (perhaps the Disney version is nodding to that by the inclusion of the book by Plato and Homer that the […] Read More

Source Material of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

6th July, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Wind in the Willows This children’s book was published in 1908 and written by Kenneth Grahame. Cyril Proudbottom and Mr. Winkie are both Disney additions to the story. In fact, Disney’s version focuses primarily on Mr. Toad, but the original book had important sections that were completely without him. In fact, a mystical segment […] Read More

Source Material of Melody Time

10th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Melody Time

Once Upon a Wintertime This is an old holiday song that we don’t hear too much anymore. Bumble Boogie This is, of course, based upon “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Did you know that the song is originally part of an opera? The bumblebee is actually a prince who is turned into an […] Read More

Source Material of Fun and Fancy Free

20th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Fun and Fancy Free

When it mentioned in the credits that “Bongo” was based on a story by Sinclair Lewis, I thought that I was in store for a somber, social-injustice-type story. Instead, it was light-hearted and relatively carefree. I kept looking for symbolic implications (indeed – I found some), but ultimately I realized that the story is primarily […] Read More

Source Material of Make Mine Music

4th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Make Mine Music

All of the segments are based on the songs which they feature. There are three that I feel are significant enough to mention individually, however: The Martins and the Coys is based off of a historic feud by the Hatfields and the McCoys in West Virginia and Kentucky. There were two initial murders that began […] Read More

Source Material of The Three Caballeros

20th April, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of The Three Caballeros

The film is in many ways a continuation of the ideas that the Disney team had while touring Latin America. While I couldn’t find any validation for it, my guess is that a character from Mexico was included because they are our nearest Latino neighbors and didn’t get any exposure in Saludos Amigos. The character […] Read More

Source Material of Saludos Amigos

11th April, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Saludos Amigos

This is the first film in the series that is truly original. The source material comes from the Disney crew’s ideas as they toured Latin America. The inspiration for the different shorts is explained in the live-action documentary style segments. Amazon.com Widgets Read More

Source Material of Bambi

28th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Bambi

Bambi is based off a book by Felix Salten called Bambi: A Life in the Woods. Since Salten was Austrian, the book was originally written in German and was translated into English a short time later. It was hugely popular, both in Austria and America (where it became book of the month). MGM studios originally […] Read More

Source Material of Fantasia

4th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Fantasia

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor – The animation has as much story as the title of the song does—none. It’s really just abstractions. The latter half has segments of light and violin bows flying around, but there’s simply not much to say about it. Nutcracker Suite – “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” story […] Read More

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