A whole new world, A new fantastic episode of The Broken Elevator! This isn’t the first time we’ve tackled Disney, but it is for me. With Moana out this week, I tell Deeby three fairy tales that could potentially become films, and he helps me take the best idea from Zero to Hero.
I’m out of song puns. Let’s get down to business:
Before I get started with any proper facts, I have to tell you my favourite fact loosely connected to Disney: you know the “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” song from 1998’s Mulan? The one sang by Donny Osmond?
In the Chinese-language versions of the film, Jackie Chan provided both the speaking and singing voices for the character of Li Shang, even making a music video for the song.
Doctor Know-All is story number 98 of The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales. There are similar tales about pretending to be someone else and being in the right place at the right time from around the world, including Harisarman (India), Black Robin (Wales) and Crab (Italy) where he pretends to be an astrologer to find the king’s ring. Crabbe in the German version is also dealing with thieves, not murderers. That’s what I get for not revising.
The story of Momotarō can be traced all the way back to the Japanese Edo period, as early as the 17th century. During World War II, the character became the unofficial symbol of the country, with the citizens of Japan representing the helpful animals, and the U.S. being the Oni demons. Japan’s first feature-length animation, Momotarō: Umi no Shinpei (Momotaro, Sacred Sailors) is an example of the propaganda the character was used for. You can watch the full film here.
The final story, The Tortoise and The Hare, has been the subject of a lot of discussion in Aesop Fable enthusiast circles. The main topic discussed is whether it’s the Tortoise or the Hare that is the subject of the fable; is this story about the Hare and his overconfidence, or the overconfidence of the Tortoise for challenging the Hare in the first place?
It doesn’t matter, they all died in a forest fire anyway.
Here’s a link to The Hunter and The Lion, Deeby’s tale of seduction.
I made an effort to read more of Udea and Her Seven Brothers, and Udea’s negro friend is no friend at all. From what I managed to read, as they find the first brother, the negro pretends that his wife (the negress) is Udea to get… something. I dunno. He’s a bit of a prick.
And on that note, that’s all I’ve got for this week.
If you’re in London on the 28th of November (next week!), come down to The Cinema Museum for the launch night of REMAKESPLOITATION, a brand new film club. I’ll be hosting the night and moderating a Q&A with Cem Kaya, the director of Remake, Remix, Rip-Off – the film we’ll be showing on the night.
Tickets are £5 and available on Eventbrite.