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  •  I like the old Disney, too. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's a shame that so many tales were oversimplified and will never be known by people who don't read.
    The Jungle Book comes to mind as the most egregious example.

    •  Yes, I'm mixed about this. (1+ / 0-)
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      I like the films, as they are, but also regret that more people don't read the originals.

      But on the other hand, I guess people who wouldn't read the originals wouldn't read them in any case, even if there weren't Disney films.  They just wouldn't read them at all.  

      And at least the films keep the stories in people's awareness and can point people to the originals.  I can attest to this because in just the last year I read The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, by Dodie Smith, and have Bambi and The Jungle Book on my stack to get to.  If not for Disney, I wouldn't have even known those books existed, and they might have gone out-of-print long ago.  It was also Disney that started my love for the original Winnie-the-Pooh and The Wind in the Willows when I was little.

      As a big Lewis Carroll fan, I'm hoping the new Tim Burton movie pushes more kids toward the original in the same way.

      (And another George MacDonald shout-out:  If it hadn't been for MacDonald, we would have no Alice at all today, for Lewis Carroll lent the manuscript to MacDonald's family, and his children all insisted that it should be published.)

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