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It’s the moment every little one has been waiting for – a Disney Classics Collection presenting six of the most read, most loved, most heart-warming Disney stories of all time. Every one of these tales has stood the test of time, becoming a universally loved classic that has inspired literature, art, social movements, songs… the list is endless. But there’s a lot more to these stories than the ascribed title of children’s stories.
Each of these classics had a unique point of inspiration. Some of the inspiration they have had on other literary and non-literary works throughout time is extremely well known, but there are some surprising, big impacts they’ve had on people and the world that may surprise you.
Let’s take a look at four of the stories in this collection!
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1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
This beloved motion picture first appeared in 1937 as an animated musical fantasy film. It was based on the 1812 German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, and was the first-full length traditionally animated feature film. There have since been many well known adaptations and influences of the classic, including the television series Once Upon A Time. At the end of the original text, Snow White is forced to dance in red shoes until she drops down dead. There’s some intertextuality between this and Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy-tale, The Red Shoe’s, which has now become a world famous ballet. And it all started with a fairy-tale.
The 1941 film that we all love was based upon the story-line written for the prototype of a novelty toy, Roll-a-Book. Interestingly, Dumbo has not only had a big impact on works of literature, but it has greatly influenced the entertainment industry. There are amusement park rides inspired by Dumbo all around the globe. In fact, the ride is so famous that when Harry S. Truman visited Disneyland in 1957, he was invited to take a ride on the Dumbo attraction. Truman, however, famously refused, not because of a fear of heights, but because he didn’t want to be seen having a fun time with the symbol of his opposing political party. Whoever thought an elephant with big ears would become a political symbol?
Surprisingly, given it’s sweet nature, Bambi was actually based on a book for adults called ‘Bambi, A Life In The Woods’, a 1921 novel by Austrian writer Felix Salten. It had a much more gruesome portrayal of the death of Bambi’s mother. The film still had a massive impact, an has inspired people in somewhat unusual ways. In 2005, Paul McCartney announced that Bambi was responsible for his lifelong interest in animal rights, explaining that watching the death of Bambi’s mother had a profound impact on him as a youngster. He has since spoken out against the wearing of fur, hunting and livestock farming, as well as fronting various campaigns for PETA and the RSPCA.
4. Alice in Wonderland
The 1865 children’s tale by Lewis Carroll has become one of the most famous books in children’s fiction history. It is seen as a prime example of the literary nonsense genre – a categorisation of literature that balances elements that make sense with some that do not. Caroll’s play with logic has given the story lasting popularity with not only children but adults too. It has influenced adaptations into the stage, screen, radio, art, music, theme parks, board games, video games…the list is endless. Some of the most fascinating influences has occurred in the art-world. Notably, in 1969, Salvador Dali was commissioned to illustrate a limited edition of Alice in Wonderland. Many other artists have been inspired by the tale. In 1956, Charles Blackman painted 46 paintings of Alice with other characters from the series after he listened to an audio-book version of Alice in Wonderland.
So, it would seem that these Disney Classics have had huge literary and non-literary influences on us all! With this collection, the recipient becomes part of an important piece of history.
Signature Gifts has been part of the Disney discourse since (year) when we first gained approval from Disney to license with them. We are now another one influenced, taking the opportunity to remodel these classics, keep them alive, bring them forward in approachable styles for children all over the world to enjoy. The only way to ascribe infinite mortality to these classics is to keep adapting, reprinting, retelling them.
So become part of the Disney history and get your loved one their personalised copy today!