Source Materials

Many of the Disney movies are based on earlier source material, from well-known fairy tales to obscure short stories or picture books. Special thanks to Melanti over at the Into the Forest Goodreads Group for putting together this list.

If you know of source materials for any of the ? entries, please leave a comment!

1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Snow White (Brothers Grimm)Snow White Storybook
2 Pinocchio: Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
3 Fantasia: Partially “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”  by J.W. Goethe
4 Dumbo: Dumbo by Helen Aberson & Harold Pearl
5 Bambi: Bambi by Felix Salten
6 Saludos Amigos: ?
7 The Three Caballeros: ?
8 Make Mine Music: ?
9 Fun and Fancy Free: “Little Bear Bongo” by Sinclair Lewis and “Jack and the Beanstalk” (Brothers Grimm)
10 Melody Time: ?
11 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: The Wind in the Willows by Kennethe Grahame and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
12 Cinderella: Cinderella (mostly Charles Perrault version)
13 Alice in Wonderland: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
14 Peter Pan: Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
15 Lady and the Tramp: “Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog”/Lady and the Tramp by Ward Greene
16 Sleeping Beauty: Sleeping Beauty (Charles Perrault)
17 101 Dalmatians: The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
18 The Sword in the Stone: The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
19 The Jungle Book: The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book (or The Jungle Book: Mowgli Stories) by Rudyard Kipling
20 The Aristocats: ?
21 Robin Hood: Legend in general, but here’s one version: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
22 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Winnie The Pooh: And The House At Pooh Corner by A.A. Pilne
23 The Rescuers: The Rescuers and Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp
24 The Fox and the Hound: The Fox and The Hound by Daniel P. Mannix
25 The Black Cauldron: The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander (The whole series, I’ve heard, though one book is called “The Black Cauldron”)
26 The Great Mouse Detective: Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus
27 Oliver & Company: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
28 The Little Mermaid: The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
29 The Rescuers Down Under: ?
30 Beauty and the Beast: Beauty and the Beast by Janne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
31 Aladdin: The Story of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (from 1001 Arabian Nights)
32 The Lion King: Hamlet by William Shakespeare
33 Pocahontas: ?
34 The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
35 Hercules: Greek Myth
36 Mulan: “Ballad of Mulan” (Chineese legend – full text here:
37 Tarzan: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
38 Fantasia 2000: ?
39 Dinosaur: ?
40 The Emperor’s New Groove: ?
41 Atlantis: The Lost Empire: ?
42 Lilo & Stitch: ?
43 Treasure Planet: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
44 Brother Bear: ?
45 Home on the Range: ?
46 Chicken Little: “Henny Penny
47 Meet the Robinsons: A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce
48 Bolt: ?
49 The Princess and the Frog: The Frog Prince (Brothers Grimm) and The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
50 Tangled: Rapunzel (Brothers Grimm)
51 Winnie the Pooh: Winnie The Pooh: And The House At Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
52 Wreck-It Ralph: ?
53 Frozen: The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen



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  4. a friend · March 12, 2017

    at least one of the fantasia 2000 stories is based on “the steadfast tin soldier” by hans christian andersen. unfortunately, it changes the ending–i remember being twelveish, seeing it, and being so disappointed!


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