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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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
Historians point to U.S. expansion efforts as the catalyst for this short 1898 conflict between the U.S. and Spain, but they often forget to mention that neither side would bring everyone around the same table, share some chicken tenders and coleslaw, and talk about everyone’s day like they used to.
2. The War of the Oranges
This brief 1801 war, in which the Spanish and French combined forces to invade Portugal, came so close to being avoided. They already had the oranges-all they needed to do was roast some orange and balsamic chicken or whip up an orange blossom pie, grab some sporks, and just solve their problems genially.
3. The 1838 Pastry War
When a French pastry artist in Mexico City had his shop looted by a group of Mexicans, France put a trade blockade on Mexico, ultimately sparking a skirmish that resulted in more than 230 casualties. It could have all been prevented, though, if the two countries had spent a weekend learning about each other’s cultures at a local farmers market before going out for chicken wings.
4. World War I
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Many historians see the first Great War as a family affair, as many of the thrones in the warring countries were occupied by the grandchildren of Queen Victoria. Maybe the war could have been prevented if they all would have just acted like a normal family, whipped up some mashed potatoes, and eaten a meal together every now and then.
5. The power struggle between Al Capone and Bugs Moran
These two Mafia kingpins spent most of the Prohibition era locked in a power struggle over the Chicago underworld. The powder keg finally exploded in the famous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, where Capone’s cohorts gunned down several members of the Moran gang in the street. However, historians now believe the violence could have been averted if Capone simply introduced Moran to his famous breaded chicken a few weeks prior.
6. Hatfield-McCoy feud
This infamous, decades-long feud responsible for 12 murders is thought to have its roots in a dispute between the two families concerning the ownership of a hog. Too bad these folks didn’t realize that had they come together to sell the hog for some chickens, grill a few of those chickens up, and share dinner with each other, we’d probably now refer to them as a singular family unit known as the McCatfields.
7. Aaron Burr duels Alexander Hamilton
Pistols at dawn? What about chicken at lunchtime? Seriously, these men had a fledgling government to run, and instead they wanted to prance around and shoot at each other. They brought shame on America-a shame still felt every time partisan bickering gets in the way of politicians doing their jobs. If they had just had a picnic instead, we’d all probably be living in really sweet, high-speed space-houses, everyone would have a two-hour workweek, and the only crime would be having too many biscuits before dinner. So, thanks for fighting instead of dining, guys. You blew it. For all of us.
We went to another AMAZING outdoor water park: Soak City at Knott’s Berry Farm! We had an amazing time trying out a really cool new toddler area, double dumping buckets, a giant wave pool and plenty of slides!! Our kids’ favorite parts at this park were the lazy river, wave pool, and the toddler