Little Known Facts About Movies Based On Children’s Books

1. The Wizard of Oz

Because he died in 1919, there’s no knowing what L. Frank Baum would think of the classic 1938 film based on his bestselling children’s novel (which is actually titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz-somewhere in the book-to-screen translation, the wizard got less wonderful), but it’s worth noting some of the differences between the movie and the book. The biggest one is that in the book, Oz is a real place, not just a dream Dorothy has after being knocked unconscious by the tornado like in the movie. In the book Dorothy’s magic slippers were silver, not ruby, and Dorothy herself is both younger (Judy Garland was sixteen at the time of filming) and hero rather than a damsel who needs rescue (Baum was an ardent feminist).

2. The Outsiders

The 1983 movie based on the 1967 novel by S.E. Hinton (who you should follow on Twitter) is a reasonably faithful adaptation. Some characters were cut and the ones who remained don’t all look as they’re described in the book, but that isn’t very surprising. There are other differences, too, but what’s interesting is the fact that director Francis Ford Coppola released a complete novel version of the movie in 2009. The Outsiders: The Complete Novel contains extra scenes (previously deleted) that seek to align the movie even more closely with the book. The film had to be re-rated PG-13 as a result of the additions.

3. Peter Pan

Like L. Frank Baum, J.M. Barrie was long dead before his play, Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up made its way to the big screen. It was a favorite story of Walt Disney’s but he had to work hard to secure the rights-from the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, who inexplicably owned them. The movie is more inspired by the play than directly adapted from it; the play is more a collection of adventures than one complete story, and even includes an additional scene (written four years after the original premiere of the stage production) that explains how the women of Wendy’s family keep growing up and having their own daughters, who Peter then takes to Never Land until they are too old. Interestingly, the reason the Lost Boys are, in fact, lost is because they wandered off in Kensington Gardens (and, we assume, somehow got sucked into Never Land viamagical portal?), according to the play. Which is pretty creepy.

4. Alice in Wonderland

Yet another book people always refer to by the wrong name, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1865 by Lewis Carroll, a.k.a. Charles Dodgson. The most famous film version, Disney’s animated movie Alice in Wonderland, was released in 1951, almost a century years later. Like Peter Pan, Alice was delayed by story problems and World War II (Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, actually took a shot at the script, but Disney felt was too literal), and when it was finally released Disney came under criticism that he’d made a quintessentially British story too American. It kinda tanked, but found a second wind during the 1970s when it became a cult film with the psychedelic crowd, which, LOL. Now it seems impossible that the movie wasn’t destined to be a classic, but Disney himself worried that Alice herself had no heart.

5. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

There was a Winnie the Pooh movie that came out in 2011, but the best known version is the 1977 musical film which largely consists of previously released short features based on A.A. Milne’s classic Winnie-the-Pooh novels. Most people know that everyone’s favorite cartoon bear was inspired by a teddy bear owned by Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, which was in turn named after a real black bear at the London Zoo and Pooh, a swan. Not sure what childhood horrors inspired the antagonists depicted in the nightmare fuel Heffalumps and Woozles song, but Milne was writing about Winnie or a character much like him as early as 1924, in a collection of children’s verse called When We Were Very Young.

6. Matilda

It may surprise you to know that Roald Dahl’s Matilda, which feels like a timeless classic, was only published in 1988. In 1996, a feature film version was released. Overlooking the fact that the film is set in America, while the book’s events take place in England, what really surprised us when we recently re-read the book was how young Matilda actually is-most of the events take place when she’s five-years-old! And (spoiler), Matilda loses her powers in the book, but not the movie. There is also a musical production, which moved to Broadway in April of this year and has added its own flare, including a unique take on Miss Honey’s mother and father.

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24 Wonderful Things You Should Thank Your Dad For

1. Thank your dad for always going the extra mile to make you laugh.

2. And for having NO idea where the line is between funny and inappropriate.

Seriously. None.

3. Thank your dad for being up to any parenting challenge, even ones outside his expertise.

4. And for being a pretty, pretty princess as and when you need him to be.

5. Thank your dad for always finding creative solutions to his problems.

6. And for making groundbreaking advances in the field of lazy parenting.

7. Thank your dad for his subtlety.

There is an art to being understated and your dad is an artist.

8. Thank your dad for funding so many of your misadventures.

9. And for his attention to detail when it comes to holidays and birthdays.

10. Thank your dad for tolerating all the pet animals you drag home.

Thank him for treating them with love and respect.

11. Tell him how much you owe him for passing down a love and passion for good ol’ rock n’ roll.

And thank your dad for loving you even when you recorded over it. Oops.

12. Thank your dad for always supplying you with the essentials.

13. And for knowing the secrets to a happy household.

14. Thank your dad for his epic t-shirt collection, and for letting you borrow so much of it.

15. Thank your dad for being the only person who can make you simultaneously groan and laugh.

16. Thank your dad for always being on the cutting edge of modern technology.

And thank him for always knowing how all of it works.

Even if he has to try a bit harder than most of us to see it.

17. Thank your dad for being the heart and soul of every family photo.

18. Thank your dad for building your character through some tried and tested tough love.

19. Tell your dad your life would be meaningless without his incredible, game-changing selfies.

20. Thank your dad for his well-meaning concern about 21st century trends.

21. Thank your dad for his text messages, without which life would be only barely worth living.

22. Thank your dad for his inimitable sass.

23. Thank your dad for making you think about life’s larger, more pressing questions.

24. And thank your dad for his big strong arms that are always there to catch you when you fall.

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7 Historic Conflicts That Could Have Been Resolved Amicably With A Good Meal

Presented byKFC From the Battle of Waterloo to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, there’s no telling how many tragedies could have been avoided had everyone sat down with a bucketful of chicken, warmed up their bellies with a hearty meal, and just talked things out. 1. Spanish-American War

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