Hi Tony --tonmo said:I don't disagree, but I should say that I agree with my wife's assessment that the Disney intepretation of the Pooh characters represent the best group of friends out of any children's characters anywhere, period. I can't think of any other children's program where friendships between the characters are so strong.
I can understand that, especially if one sees the cartoons before reading the books. In that context, the Disney version is certainly a positive and pleasant one.
However, I read WINNIE-THE-POOH and HOUSE AT POOH CORNER for the first time as an adult, before seeing the Disney cartoons. In fact, my first experience with the books was reading them aloud to my (then) toddler squidling at bedtime, one chapter per night. So in effect, he and I were reading them, and looking at the charming pictures, together. We were enchanted by them, and I suppose seeing the cartoon interpretation was a bit of a comedown, by contrast, for both of us.
Later on, BTW, I read two marvelous books about Pooh written for adults: THE TAO OF POOH and THE TE OF PIGLET, both by Benjamin Hoff. Hoff relates the Milne books and their characters to Taoist thought (similar to Zen), demonstrating Milne's philosophical depth while at the same time retaining his playful, whimsical style -- rather like STAR WARS' "Yoda". The Hoff books are absolutely wonderful for grown-ups who are also big kids at heart (like Yours Truly), but to derive the full benefit of them, it's best to read the original Milne books first.
Hmmm, that's a tough call. I'd like to hear the status of that one too. While I still contend that the Milne version is the best, I'd hate to see kids deprived of Pooh in any form. I know that there are still kids' products and clothes called "Classic Pooh", which use images from the books' original artwork rather than from the Disney version. I'd like to think there is enough room in the world for two Poohs.tonmo said:Speaking of Pooh and Disney lawsuits, there was one not to long ago where Milne's family sued claiming Disney didn't have rights for merchandizing, etc., etc. Their victory in court would theoretically translate to the tearing down of any Pooh likenesses at Disney World, etc. etc. etc. Not sure where that one left off... Clem?
(Notice how I carefully avoided the temptation to say "Chacun à son Pooh"? :P )
Thanks for the imprimatur (or would that be nihil obstat?), Tony I figure as long as Disney makes the occasional aquatic film, they're OK in this were-squid's book.tonmo said:And, BTW, don't you feel that this is pertinent discussion? This particular forum is one of my personal favorites, because I've always been fascinated by the entertainment industry's interpretations of octopuses, for children and adults alike. Therefore, any analysis of Disney (either its characters or the corporation itself) is quite welcome and enlightening in my book, especially in the context of this Finding Nemo release. 8)
Looking forward to FINDING NEMO,