Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Evolution of Tinkerbell

Check out this 12 picture evolution of Disney's Tinkerbell! Since I just finished reading the original J.M Barrie version of Peter Pan for class and spent several hours discussing what the text revealed about gender, this slide show was particularly interesting.

Having just read Constance Rourke's seminal 1931 work, American Humor: A Study of the National Character, however, I think Barrie was commenting more on the relationship between America (Peter Pan and Neverland) and England (The Darlings and British tradition).


  1. Neat! Thanks for sharing. It's also interesting to see what and how the notion of "beauty" changed along with the pix.

    If you're not totally busy with classes... check out this Peter Pan novel. It's based on Barrie's own idea for more adventure! Click my name. Or... show it to the class, too! ;)

    Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog :)

    So, as someone who has researched Barrie, do you think there is any merit to my hypothesis that he was writing an allegory for tensions between American and British cultural norms?

  3. I don't think so, no. He didn't actually visit the U.S. until after the play had been successful.

  4. Oh, not as a visitor- there was an abundance of traveling theatre at that time that performed plays mocking American culture. Peter Pan seems like such a perfect allegory for that new, childlike country that has no tradition and refuses to grow up as opposed to the history and tradition of the civilized European.

    Ah well. To each his own :)