Film ► How Many Original Disney Sources Have You Read/Seen?



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Aug 8, 2013
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As you know, most of the Disney classic animated films are based on an older work. But how many of those older versions have you actually read or seen?

To help you get started, here's a list of all the sources I'm aware of. Note that I'm not including any one of the animated shorts that are wholly original or just based on general myth, since most of them are and I'd be here all day, but I will account for any feature films or package films that are 100% original.

Did I miss anything? Anything else you think should be included? Let me know!

Snow White (Grimm)
Pinocchio (Collodi)

  • The Nutcracker (Tchaicovsky)
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Goethe)
Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Aberson, Pearl) - very rare!
Bambi, a Life in the Woods (Salten)

Make Mine Music:
  • Casey at the Bat (Colonna)
  • Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) - especially if you've seen it live!
Fun and Fancy Free:
  • Little Bear Bongo (Lewis)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk (Tabart; Jacobs; others)
Melody Time:
  • Little Toot (Gramatky)
  • Trees (Kilmer)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • The Wind in the Willows (Grahame)
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Irving)
Cinderella (Perrault)

Alice in Wonderland
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll)
  • Through the Looking Glass (Carroll)
Peter Pan
  • Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (Barrie) - the play
  • Peter and Wendy (Barrie) - the book
Lady and the Tramp
  • Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog (Greene)
The Sleeping Beauty (Perrault) - or others
The Hundred and One Dalmatians (Smith)
The Sword in the Stone (White) - add if you read the original or revised (omnibus) version if you know!
The Jungle Book (Kipling)
The Aristocats (McGowan, Rowe)

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Winnie-the-Pooh (Milne)
  • The House at Pooh Corner (Milne)
The Rescuers
  • The Rescuers (Sharp)
  • Miss Bianca (Sharp)
The Fox and the Hound (Mannix)

The Black Cauldron
  • The Book of Three (Alexander)
  • The Black Cauldron (Alexander)
The Great Mouse Detective
  • Basil of Baker Street (Titus)
Oliver and Company
  • Oliver Twist (Dickens)
The Little Mermaid (Andersen)
Beauty and the Beast (du Beaumont)
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (unknown - added to Thousand and One Nights by Galland)

The Lion King
  • Hamlet, probably (Shakespeare)
  • Kimba the White Lion (Tezuka) - manga or the show!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Hugo) - did you read it abriged? unabriged?
Tarzan of the Apes (Burroughs)

Fantasia 2000
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Andersen)
  • The story of Noah's Ark (Biblical)
The Emperor's New Groove
  • The Emperor's New Clothes (Andersen)
Treasure Planet
  • Treasure Island (Stevenson)
Home on the Range
  • My Western Home / Home on the Range (Higley) - the poem
Chicken Little (unknown) - various titles; name the version you read if you remember!

Meet the Robinsons
  • A Day with Wilbur Robinson (Joyce)
The Princess and the Frog
  • The Frog Prince (Grimm)
  • Rapunzel (Grimm)
  • The Snow Queen (Andersen)
Bonus Round!!:
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Verne)
  • The Swiss Family Robinson (Wyss)
  • Homeward Bound (Burnford)
  • Mary Poppins (Travers)
  • Car, Boy, Girl (Buford) - The Love Bug series
  • The Magic Bedknob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons (Norton)
  • Bonfires and Broomsticks (Norton)
  • Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (Wolf)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare) - The Lion King 2
  • Ali Baba and the King of Thieves (unknown, added to The Thousand and One Nights by Galland) - Aladdin and the King of Thieves
  • James and the Giant Peach (Dahl)
  • The Little Match Girl (Andersen) - originally intended for Fantasia 2006, released as a short

Real-Life/Historical Sources:
  • Make Mine Music - "The Martins and the Coys."
  • Melody Time - "The Legend of Johnny Appleseed," "Pecos Bill."
  • Pocahontas
  • Mulan
No specific sources:
  • Robin Hood (original telling of Robin Hood story)
  • The Rescuers Down Under (original sequel to an adaptation of a book)
  • Hercules (Greco-Roman myth, original telling of Hercules story)
  • Winnie-The-Pooh (original sequel to an adaptation of a book)
  • Big Hero 6 - but bonus points if you've read the original Sunfire & Big Hero Six #1-3.
  • Moana (Polynesian myth)
Wholly Original?
  • Saludo Amigos
  • The Three Caballeros
  • Dinosaur -listed as a classic in the US
  • The Wild - listed as a classic in the UK
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Brother Bear
  • Bolt
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Zootopia

Here's my personal results!

Snow White, Casey at the Bat, Cinderella, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, Peter and Wendy, The Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone (revised), Winnie-The-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Hamlet, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Noah's Ark, The Emperor's New Clothes, Treasure Island, Chicken Little (actually it was Henny Penny and no, I don't remember the version), The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, The Snow Queen.

Bonus: Romeo and Juliet, Ali Baba and the King of Thieves, James and the Giant Peach, The Little Match Girl.

That's 22 with 4 bonuses!
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Aug 6, 2008
When it comes to fairy tales, I don't remember that many I've read; mostly because we always have this voice in our heads telling us that we know the story as we've heard it told so many times, so why read them?

Being born in Denmark, I have of course read a bunch of H.C. Andersen (it's actually sen and not son, even though they mean the same), of the ones on this list, I remember for sure to have read: Steadfast Tin Soldier, Emperor's new Clothes, The Snow Queen and also Little Match Girl which is my favourite Andersen fairy tale. I'm not sure if I have read The Little Mermaid, but I do know most of the places where it goes against Disney.

For Snow White, again I don't remember if I have read the story, would have been when I was 6 or 7 years old, but I do remember having been in a play as one of the seven dwarves, where we included the poisoned comb.

For the other ones I know I've read:
Winnie the Pooh, Hunchback of Notre Dame (or Notre Dame de Paris as my version was called), Tarzan of the Apes, Genesis (Noah's Ark) & also an excerpt of Epic of Gilgamesh with a similar flood story, "The legend of Robin Hood", and children's versions of Aladdin and Ali Baba. I also think I've read a/the poem about Mulan that kept her story alive, but it might just have been an excerpt.

That gives me 8 stories I know for sure I've read, 2 bonuses, 2 easy readings/children's versions and a couple of fairy tales I cannot remember (most of them propably not).


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Have Read!
Snow White, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel (Grimm)
The Nutcracker
Sleeping Beauty (since there are many takes on this story I can't really remember which one but I do know it was very, very old)
The Jungle Book (Kipling)
Winnie The Pooh (Milne)
The Little Mermaid, Snow Queen, The Emperor's New Clothes and many more from this author (Andersen)


Aug 25, 2014
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Oh wow! Late to this, but I love this thread. From the list, I've experienced:
Snow White
The Nutcracker
The Sleeping Beauty
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast (Wrote a college essay on it as well)
Noah's Ark
The Snow Queen
The Swiss Family Robinson
Romeo and Juliet

Not quite as many as OP, but I've read countless other original fairy tales that Disney movies haven't touched on, and even more retellings of the original stories beyond Disney movies. I took a college course on fairy tales and have done quite a bit of reading, watching, and listening before and after that. I'm a huge fan of the both the source material and the retellings. Great thread!