Project Disney: Introduction
Yesterday I mentioned that we are planning to start a new feature we’re calling Project Disney. One of the interests I share with Aidan is that we’re both big fans of the Disney movies. We have built up a little collection of the movies on Blu Ray, seen a stage show based on Beauty and the Beast for an anniversary and I have a growing collection of the Pop! vinyl Disney figurines. We thought it would be fun to combine our love of Disney with our love of books and reading – thus Project Disney was born!
Our plan is to tackle all of the Disney films, re-reading the classic stories and tales that inspired many of them and to look at how the changes the filmmakers made, the new elements they introduced and the essential elements they kept. We will, of course, be talking about the films as movies as well, saying why we enjoy them and what some of our favorite moments are, but our focus will be on looking at them as adaptations. For the films that are not drawn from any one work we’ll be looking at some of the possible literary influences that we see in the stories.
Rather than trying to do them in order of release we’ll be mixing them up but we will be starting with their very first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We are planning to post every two weeks, alternating with my Books to Movies feature, starting on Saturday February 9. If you’d be interested in joining us on our journey through Disney just let us know and we’ll link to your posts.
Here is our schedule for the first few months to give you a sense of what’s coming up:
|2/9/2013||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Snow White by the Brothers Grimm|
|2/23/2013||Cinderella||Cinderella by Charles Perrault|
|3/9/2013||Peter Pan||Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie|
|3/23/2013||Treasure Planet||Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson|
|4/6/2013||Sleeping Beauty||Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault|
|4/20/2013||The Great Mouse Detective||Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus|
|5/4/2013||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo|
|5/18/2013||The Princess and the Frog||The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker & The Frog Prince by the Brothers Grimm|
|6/1/2013||Pinocchio||The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi|