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Walt Disney’s Giant Book of Fairy Tales

Published in 1974 by Purnell Books. Over thirty fairy tales – and not all the usual suspects either, ‘Toads and Diamonds’, anyone? When there was an existing Disney film, they used scenes from that, but when there wasn’t, they just bunged in characters they already had. So we have Grumpy in place of Rumpelstiltskin, and Alice (of Wonderland fame) standing in for the little match girl as well as several other characters. Somehow I can’t imagine Disney going for this approach today!

Disney Fairy Tales

Snowstiltkin?

Disney Fairy Tales

Pre Lumiere, Cogsworth et al

Disney Fairy Tales

Alice in disguise

Disney Fairy Tales

Isn’t that John from Peter Pan? And Figaro? And King Stefan from Sleeping Beauty?

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Peter Pan illustrated by Eric Kincaid

Peter Pan Kincaid

Found at the same time as the Alice in Wonderland in my last post. This is another WHSmith exclusive edition, published by Brimax Books in 1990. This edition is adapted from Barrie’s original by Peter Oliver.

‘Second to the right, and straight on till morning.’ That, Peter had told Wendy, as the way to Neverland.

Peter Pan Kincaid

I love Tinker Bell’s Art Nouveau look here…
Peter Pan Kincaid

And the lovely blue-haired mermaids…
Peter Pan Kincaid

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It’s behind you! Week Four: Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Disney – pictures adapted by John Hench and al Dempster

The last of my festive posts about stories that have been turned into pantomimes. I remember going to see Peter Pan when I was a child. I think Anita Harris played Peter.

Peter Pan the character first appeared in The Little White Bird, a novel by JM Barrie published in 1902. Peter was a baby in this story, not the young boy of the later play.

Peter Pan

From The Little White Bird
Illustrated by Jean Winslow

Peter Pan

From The Little White Bird
Illustrated by Jean Winslow

The story we all think of as ‘Peter Pan’ was first a 1904 stage play called Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. The story was then expanded into the 1911 novel Peter Pan and Wendy.

The following two illustrations are from my copy of The Story of Peter Pan retold by Daniel O’Connor from the Fairy Play by Sir JM Barrie published in 1917 by G Bell and Sons. The book was given to my nana in 1922 and she gave it to me when I was a baby. Sadly the book was slightly damaged in a water escape a few years ago.

Here’s Peter and Wendy

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward

The children meet the mermaids

Peter Pan

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward

In 1953 the Disney version of Peter Pan was released. This really cemented the ‘look’ of Peter with his green tunic and tights, feathered cap and pixie features.

Peter Pan

Disney – pictures adapted by John Hench and al Dempster

Peter Pan

Disney – pictures adapted by John Hench and al Dempster

And finally here are a couple of the glorious illustrations by Anne Grahame Johnstone for her 1988 version of Peter Pan and Wendy.

Tinker Bell illustration

Tinker Bell

Captain Hook illustration

Captain Hook

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Peter Pan and Wendy by JM Barrie – Illustrated by Anne Grahame Johnstone

Peter Pan Cover

Cover

A little while ago I found a version of Peter Pan and Wendy illustrated by Anne Grahame Johnstone and first published in 1988 by Award Publications Ltd. I am sort of collecting Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone books – picking them up whenever I see them. I particularly like their attention to period details (especially in the costumes). Many of their fairy story illustrations are beautiful – with their 17th and 18th Century style costumes.

But here’s Anne’s version of Peter Pan and Wendy (in equally lovely Edwardian and fantasy costume).

Peter Pan and Wendy, John and Michael fly to Neverland.

Flying to Neverland illustration

Flying to Neverland

Here’s Captain Hook.Isn’t he fabulous!

Captain Hook illustration

Captain Hook

Tinker Bell – very different to the Disney version.

Tinker Bell illustration

Tinker Bell

Wendy sews Peter’s shadow back on.

Illustration from Peter Pan

Sewing Peter’s shadow back on

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Disneyland Annual 1974

Today I picked up the 1974 Disneyland Annual in the Oxfam Bookshop in Welwyn Garden City.

Disneyland Annual 1974

Disneyland Annual 1974

Published in 1973 by IPC Magazines Ltd. Copyright © Walt Disney Productions.
It was originally 80p (About £7 in today’s money). As annuals are dated for the year to come, this would have been on sale exactly 40 years ago.

As well as short stories and comic strips based on characters from Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh and the Aristocats, etc, the whole Disney Alice story is reproduced in comic strip over sixteen pages.

Disneyland Annual 1974 Alice and the Caterpillar

Alice and the Caterpillar

Disneyland Annual 1974 From The Lost Kitten – featuring Thomas O'Malley and Duchess

From The Lost Kitten – featuring Thomas O’Malley and Duchess

And there are the usual activities, jokes and puzzles. Even activities using washing-up liquid bottles from ‘Mummy’s’ kitchen.

Disneyland Annual 1974 Draw Donald Duck

Draw Donald Duck

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