Thursday, October 2, 2008

Disney Books into Movies

As a many of you already know, I LOVE Disney movies and I also LOVE books made into movies so I’ve been challenging myself to read (or re-read) all of the books Disney based their popular movies on (and hopefully watch them all too).

"It has always been my hope that our fairy-tale films will result in a desire of viewers to read again the fine, old original tales and enchanting myths on the home bookshelf or school library. Our motion picture productions are designed to augment them, not supplant them." ~ Walt Disney

Books Made into Disney Movies:
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (movie)
Bambi by Felix Salten (movie)
The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris (Song of the South)
Midnight and Jeremiah by Sterling North (So Dear to My Heart)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (movie)The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (movie) (2002 movie)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (movie)
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
When Knighthood Was a Flower by Charles Major (The Sword and the Rose)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Perri by Felix Salten
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
Darby O’Gill & theGood People+Ashes of Old Wishes & Other Darby O’ Gill Tales by Herminie Templeton Cavanaugh (Darby O’Gill and the Little People)
The Hound of Florence by Felix Salten (The Shaggy Dog)
Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey (Third Man on the Moutain)
Pollyanna by Elen H. Porter
Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus by James Otis Kaler (Toby Tyler)
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith (animated movie)
Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kästner (The Parent Trap)
Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog by Eleanor Atkinson (movie)
Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
Wild Animals I Have Know by Ernest Thompson-Seton (The Legend of Lobo)
In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne
Summer Magic by Kate Douglas Wiggin
My Dancing White Horses by Alois Podhajsky (Miracle of the White Stallions)
Savage Sam by Fred Gipson
The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White (movie)
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (Incredible Journey & Homeward Bound)
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
A Tiger Walks by Ian Niall
Thomasina: The Cat that Thought She Was God by Paul Gallico (The 3 Lives of Thomasina)
The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner
Undercover Cat by Gordon and Mildred Gordon (That Darn Cat)
Swiftwater by Paul Anixter (Those Calloways)
God and My Country by MacKinlay Kantor (Follow Me, Boys!)
The Ugly Dachshund by Gladys Bronwyn Stern
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.)
Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal by Robert T. Reilley (The Fighting Prince of Donegal)
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (movie)
By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman (The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin)
The Gnome-Mobile by Upton Sinclair
The Happiest Millionaire by Cordelia Drexel Biddle
Blackbeard’s Ghost by Ben Stahl
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit by Eric Hatch
Never a Dull Moment by John Godey
Nebraska by Laura Bower Van Nuys (The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band)
Car, Boy, Girl by Gordon Buford (The Love Bug)
Rascal by Sterling North
My Dog the Thief by Gordon Buford
The Magic Bed Knob &; Bonfires and Broomsticks by Mary Norton (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
The Biscuit Eater by James Street
Napoleon and Samantha by Stewart Raffill
Justin Morgan Had A Horse by Marguerite Henry
Chateau Bon Vivant by Frankie & Johnny O'Rear (Snowball Express)
The Lost Ones by Ian Cameron- aka Donald Payne (The Island at the Top of the World)
Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key
The Apple Dumpling Gang by Jack Bickham
The Great Dinosaur Robbery by David Forrest (One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing)
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
The Rescuers & Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp
Christmas at Candleshoe by Michael Innes (Candleshoe)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (Unidentified Flying Oddball & A Kid in King Arthur‘s Court)
The North Avenue Irregulars by Albert Fay Hill
The Fox and the Hound by Daniel Pratt Mannix
The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander (The Black Cauldron)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - read all Oz books (The Return to Oz)
Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus (The Great Mouse Detective)
The Brave Little Toaster by Thomas M. Disch
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Oliver & Company)
The Cheetahs by Alan Caillou (Cheetah)
White Fang by Jack London
One Thousand and One Nights (Aladdin)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (The Muppet Christmas Carol & Mickey)
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
A Far-Off Place & A Story Like the Wind by Laurens van der Post
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Holes by Louis Sachar
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
The Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (movie)
Bridge to Terabithia by Katharine Paterson
A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce (Meet the Robinsons)
Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (movie)

*Bold = Have Read

Any you think I missed, leave in the comments please!


  1. great list, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving was always fun to read. When I was in grade school, I read Pinocchio and didn't enjoy it.

  2. Hi Jen, I've the following:

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    Peter Pan
    The Swiss Family Robinson
    One Hundred and One Dalmatians
    The Sword in the Stone
    Mary Poppins
    The Jungle Book
    Oliver Twist
    One Thousand and One Nights (Aladdin)
    The Three Musketeers
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    The Princess Diaries
    Around the World in 80 Days
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    Bridge to Terabithia
    Prince Caspian

    I could've watched a few more from your list but not too sure...

  3. This is fantastic. I really need this list because I didn't realize some of these Disney movies I loved were based on other children's books. Like Bedknobs & Broomsticks. That was a book?! Where have I been?

  4. Naida: I think I've read an abriged version of both of them before so I would like to read the whole thing someday.

    Alice Teh: You've read all of those? Wow! I've seen just about every Disney movie ever made at least twice but I've read so few of them :(

    Paxton: I know I had the same thought when I discovered that a LOT of my favorite movies started life off as books :)

  5. This is such a great list. I didn't realize so many of them were books first. I guess Disney isn't all that original, huh.


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