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C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien Bonded Over Disliking Walt Disney

Letters show how the two authors weren't very fond of Disney

While running around in the same literary circles, C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) were close colleagues. Between bickering about religion to daring each other to write novels, Lewis and Tolkien found common ground on more than one thing. This included the fact that they deeply disliked Walt Disney. After they went to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs together, they had a lot of things to say.

In letters between Tolkien and Lewis, published in 2006, the authors go back and forth, slinging insults about Disney, and even called him a “boob”. The two literary giants found that the dwarfs were not up to par. Tolkien repeatedly referred to Disney’s works as “vulgar” and Lewis said, “Dwarfs ought to be ugly of course, but not in that way. And the dwarfs' jazz party was pretty bad. I suppose it never occurred to the poor boob that you could give them any other kind of music.”

It's amazing that these three figures, whose works have changed the world, were all contemporaries. According to Telegraph, Tolkien wrote to a student at Stanford University, "I recognize his talent, but it has always seemed to me hopelessly corrupted. Though in most of the 'pictures' proceeding from his studios there are admirable or charming passages, the effect of all of them is to me disgusting. Some have given me nausea..."

Harsh!

 

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