Anthony Ricciardi December 13 2017Mr. Flood College WritingThe Stories Before Walt’sWalt Disney revolutionized the movie industry, however his stories were based on very different myths and folktales from what we grew up watching as children. The differences between the characters in Walt’s eyes and the true depiction of the characters in the folktales show how times have changed since when they were originally written. The original ideas of Walt Disney differ from the original European writers of stories such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Bambi, who had different ideas for their character’s growth and development.
Walt’s movie adaptations also faced criticism from the audience. Some believed it made the stories better, and some believed that this ruined the stories completely.In the late 1930’s, Walt Disney wanted to bring the studio he cherished to even better things. After the success that was “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937, Walt Disney wanted to turn to old folk tales that were forgotten, and revitalize them to to their former glory. He looked towards the folktales of the Europeans for inspiration and a few stories in particular caught his eye. In 1937, Walt Disney Studios purchased Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio as their new hit animation movie. Throughout Walt’s works, you could see the European influence in his animations very prominently. In Disney’s “Skeleton Dance” in 1929, Walt obviously used the 1897 picture of the Lumière Brothers’ work titled, “La Squelette Joyeux” (“Felix Salten’s Stories: The Portrayal of Nature in Bambi, Perri and The Shaggy Dog.
” Online).The story of Bambi was based off the folktales of Felix Salten, an Austrianwriter in the early 1920’s who made “Bambi” into a book that was sold all through Austria. The final version of the story of “Bambi”, remained to be an almost perfect representation of what Salten had in his book years before. The animated movie completely captured the personality of Salten’s animals. Salten believed the music throughout the story of “Bambi”, “resounded with myriad voices… and joyous agitation” (Lawrence J. Trudeau, 2015). Walt Disney truly brought Salten’s story to the big screen as he made Salten proud. The scenes in each of the parts of the movie even showed certain specific parts that even Salten could not replicate in his book (“Felix Salten’s Stories: The Portrayal of Nature in Bambi, Perri and The Shaggy Dog.
” Online). The details on the novel was so perfectly replicated into the movie, that Salten could not believe his eyes at the remarkable masterpiece Walt had made of his novel.Although Walt seemed to perfectly depict the story of “Bambi” through an animated feature film, many critics did not believe all of his movies lived up to the same standards as “Bambi” once did. Walt had many critics starting from the days of Snow White to even the feature films his company produces today.
Walt Disney had the task of bringing the story of Alice in Wonderland to life in 1951. This novel became one of the most popular novels in the entire world. Although Walt tried his hardest, to replicate the story to become a true masterpiece, a Time reviewer found the movie “a dreadful mockery of the classic…” (Tom Burns, 2015).
These new adaptations in the critic’s eyes took away from the original storytelling effect. This made them not capture the new essence of the movies Walt and his company produced. During the production of one of the most advanced animation works of the time, Sleeping Beauty was supposed to change the critics views and enraptured the true story that was the German folk tale. However, it instead had a negative review yet again by A Herald Tribune critic who viewed “soft cuteness” in Sleeping Beauty and distinguished it as “Disney imitating Disney” (Tom Burns, 2015).
The overall product of the movie was truly affected by Walt himself. During this time, Walt became very distant from his work. Walt was a very brilliant man, however he truly became fixated on new things quite easily. During this time, Walt began to focus less on his animation feature films and instead focused on television, merchandising, and also preparations for the place we now know today, as Disneyland.
He began to occupy his time elsewhere and began to focus less on capturing the true essence of the old folktales and more on the story he wanted to write. During these times, things began to change for the Walt Disney Company and although now they are truly marvels to witness, during that time critics believed as though Walt was taking away from the true essence of the stories they loved as they began to become prominent around the world. They truly wanted the same amount of truth to the story as the tale of Bambi, which unfortunately did not become a reality for these critics.
Walt Disney was truly a brilliant man with an imagination like no other. Although throughout time his stories have changed, the true sense of “pixie dust” to say the least, is firmly present in his works. He transformed stories from old folktales into something new and exciting.
He gave characters a sense of true personality. He brought true childhood imagination to life in each of his works and this is why the Walt Disney Company has grown into what it has become today. Although he faced criticism and backlash for his adaptations, he changed the animation world into something nobody could have ever imagined. The stories he gave us captured the true storytelling of each story although some may have been better adapted to the animated screen, all truly brought happiness to the child in the movie theater that day.Works Cited: Wills, John. “Felix Salten’s Stories: The Portrayal of Nature in Bambi, Perri and The Shaggy Dog.
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