You might laugh to hear this, but I had a very hard time coming up with the letter "D" for my A to Z Challenge. I thought about it, and I thought about it, and then finally it hit me . . . Disney. I am not proud of how slow I was to come to such an obvious answer.
The truth is, Disney should have been one of the first subjects I came up with for any letter of the fairy tale alphabet. It is perhaps the second most recognizable fairy tale affiliation after the Grimm Brothers, for what do we always think of when we picture Cinderella, or Snow White, or any other popular fairy tale? We think of this . . .
Am I right?
Founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy in 1923, The Walt Disney Company began with cartoons of Mickey Mouse and his friends, but then expanded to become one of the largest names in the world of fairy tales. Theme parks and animated films, live-action features and figurines. Many of the classic fairy tales of Grimm, Anderson and Perrault were "Disney-fied" into the versions todays' children have come to know and love.
Here are just a few of the classic fairy tales we've come to associate with Disney:
- Snow White (1937) - The Brothers Grimm
- Cinderella (1950) - Charles Perrault and The Brothers Grimm
- Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Charles Perrault and The Brothers Grimm
- The Little Mermaid (1989) - Hans Christian Andersen
- Beaty and the Beast (1991) - Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
- The Princess and the Frog (2009) - The Brothers Grimm
- Tangled (2010) - aka. Rapunzel by The Brothers Grimm
- Frozen (2013) - aka. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
Disney has definitely become one of the defining factors to our modern interpretations of these classical tales. It's shaped the tales in new ways, made changes to the traditional renditions, and in general made them much more "kid-friendly". Some people argue against these changes, claiming they're watered-down and too great a departure from the original source. Others claim that these changes have been for the better. But for better or for worse, no one can argue that Disney has made the fairy tales we know and love household names for the modern generations.
This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme (in case you didn't already guess) is Fairy Tales. Stay tuned for the rest of the alphabet, and if you'd like to check out the other participants, simply click here.