The films of Walt Disney have inspired generations of artists and storytellers, but where did the man who pioneered the animated feature look to for inspiration? From “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Pinocchio” to “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book,” many of Walt’s movies draw inspiration from great works of literature. In fact, he was once quoted to say that “There is more treasure in a book than in all the loot on Treasure Island.” Recently, these wise words have been featured as part of a window display celebrating literature at Disney Springs’ “World of Disney” store, which also includes replicas of the storybooks seen on the opening scenes of “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella,” as seen above.
Designed to look like a library, there are certainly many books to be found in this window, but these two Princesses storybooks certainly stand out from the crowd. In addition to the films mentioned above, many early Disney features opened with a live action scene with a storybook being opened, setting the stage for what’s to come while paying homage to the story’s origins on the page. The one from “Cinderella” is particularly charming, with the kind princess’ bird friends holding up the title along with Jaq and Gus the mice appearing in the cover’s bottom corners. While it’s usually true that you can’t judge a book by its cover, with one that look like this, how could “Cinderella” not be “the sweetest story ever told”?