017a – Beauty and the Beast Part 1

Comparing and contrasting Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”  with the original stories by  Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (1740) and  Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (1756). [Read more…]

012 – Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Comparing and contrasting Disney’s 1983 Classic, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”, with the story that inspired the film, “A Christmas Carol In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas” by Charles Dickens. [Read more…]

08 – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow




In this DSO Halloween Special, we compare and contrast Disney’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with Washington Irving’s classic short story. [Read more…]

07c – Alice in Wonderland Part 3




Continuing the story of Alice in Wonderland as compared with Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There”, in this episode we discuss the The Jabbawock, The Griffon, Mock Turtle and Lobster Quadrille and compare Disney’s trial of Alice with  the original story’s the trial of The Knave of Hearts.


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07b – Alice in Wonderland Part 2




Continuing the story of Alice in Wonderland as compared with Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There”, in this episode we discuss the hookah smoking caterpillar, the angry pigeon, Cheshire Cat and the Mad Tea Party.

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07a – Alice In Wonderland Part 1




On July 4th, 1862 ten year old Alice Liddell and her sisters Ina and Edith set out from Folly Bridge in a row boat with the 30-year-old Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson.  During their trip, Alice asked him to tell them a story, and in his vast imagination, Dodgeson conjured up a whimsical tale about a young girl, named Alice, who followed a white rabbit down a rabbit hole.

Alice loved it so much she begged him to write it down for her. His improvised yarn would become “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”, which would then become a classic of nonsense literature “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

Dive down the rabbit hole with me as I discuss the story origin of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland”.

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Supplemental #04 – The True Origin of “Alice”



The origin story of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, the story people tend to hear, about Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell rowing up the river while in improvises a story to entertain her is only half the story. Like past supplemental episodes, it’s a story I want to tell, but it just wanders too far away from the purpose of the main episode, so it is now a supplemental episode, that may lend you some extra insight, when the main episode drops.

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Supplemental #02 – Djinn


I tried to squeeze the whole subject of Jinn into Aladdin Part 2, but to do so would kill the momentum of the Aladdin story, so I decided this should be another supplemental. And since you all like the first supplemental about Shahadazad so much, supplemental episodes may become a regular thing.

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05a – Aladdin Part 1


The story of Aladdin is one of the most familiar narratives in all of literature, a classic ‘rags to riches’ tale featuring a young hero who has to learn an important lesson; an exotic setting; a good healthy dose of magic; a beautiful heroine; and an evil villain (or two, depending on which version of the story you follow). [Read more…]

Supplemental #01 – Scheherazade


In Disney Story Origins Episode 5, I’ll be discussing the Disney Film “Aladdin” based on “Aladdin or his Magical Lamp”, which is one of many small stories within a large Middle Eastern story called “One Thousand and One Nights” better known us westerner as “The Arabian Nights”. [Read more…]