Have you ever wondered how Disney came up with such wonderful stories? Even their oldest films still resonate with children and adults to this day.
For the most part, Disney stories are adaptations of classic fairy tales and novels from decades and sometimes centuries ago. And many of these, as it turns out, are actually horrifying, depressing, and just plain weird.
The Fox and The Hound
Copper and Tod, a hound and a fox, grow up living right next to each other. The unlikely pair struggle to preserve their friendship, despite their emerging instincts and the surrounding peer pressure demanding them to be enemies, but they remain best friends forever.
Let’s just rip off the bandaid, and jump right in with what may be the most distressing thing you read today.
You know the story of The Lord of the Rings, but do you know the story of just…the rings? If not, let C.G.P. Grey take five minutes and catch you up on the shadowy mythology of Tolkien’s titular jewelry…
It wasn’t that long ago when a person who was curious about something either had to forget about it and move on or actually do some research. And sometimes this research involved — horror of horrors — asking another human being about the topic at hand. There was no option to quietly and privately inquire of Google.
The closest approximation to the magic of the internet was to call the public library and ask your question to the local librarian. And while they wouldn’t ordinarily laugh at you outright, they were still sometimes secretly amused. And occasionally they’d write down your question for posterity’s sake. (That is, so that your posterity could laugh at you.)
That’s what librarians at the New York Public Library did, anyway. And now they are sharing many of the questions they received from the 1940′s and onward.
If your favorite cartoonists drew your other favorite comic strips, what would they look like? Finnish artist Jaakko Seppälä made a fascinating chart of 10 cartoon characters in the styles of 10 different famous cartoonists…
CGP Grey summarizes Tolkien’s Silmarillion and tells you everything he can about “The Lord of the Rings” mythology in 4 minutes. It’s surprisingly fascinating, even if you’re only marginally interested…
Can you name a book set in your state? It will be really easy for some of you, either because you know your literature or because you come from a state that’s a popular location for fiction. Or maybe both. And for others, it’ll be pretty hard to think of a book placed in our state.
Here’s a map that will show you one famous story set near you. Do you agree that it’s the most famous?