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Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising sequence. The title, "Brenin Llwyd" was used for one of the characters which means "grey king" (also, one of the books was titled The Grey King). Anyway, Lloyd Alexander was stationed in Wales for two months during World War II and fell in love with the place. That experience, combined with his reading of the Mabinogion (a collection of medieval Welsh stories) and hero tales when he was younger, was the inspiration for The Chronicles of Prydain. This just adds more fuel to my fire of wanting to travel to Wales someday.
|(Tribute to Alexander in the |
children's literature mural
by Michael Lehnardt
on the 4th floor
of the BYU library.)
Wednesday, October 24th
Public Screening of "Lloyd Alexander"When: 4:00 p.m.Where: Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium on BYU campus in Provo, UTWhat: A screening of the full-length documentary open to the public.Tickets: Free. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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For more info. about the Lloyd Alexander Documentary film & Lloyd Alexander:* Lloyd Alexander Documentary film blog
* Documentary film YouTube channel
* Deseret News article about the film and the exhibit
* KSL article about the film and the exhibit
* Lloyd Alexander - Wikipedia
* Lloyd Alexander - Goodreads
* The Chronicles of Prydain - Wikipedia
And yes, Disney did adapt Alexander's Prydain to animation in the 1985 movie The Black Cauldron (official page and trailer here), taking the name from the second book in the series. I totally remember watching it as a kid and loving it, though it was apparently a flop in the box office) and we even had the record with the read-along booklet. I still have that booklet somewhere, but alas no record. I don't have a copy of the film either, but I do have a keen little pin of Taran that my sister-in-law got me from Disney World. The most recent edition of the film is the 25th Anniversary Edition released in 2010 in DVD format. It's only $8.69 on Amazon! Did you know that the film took 5 years to make because of all of the editing, cutting, and revising? This was to be Disney's first attempt at a movie to interest teens, but the company wanted to keep it at a PG rating, PG-13 was a no-no. That must have been tough for the people making the film! I wonder if the creators had been able to keep the elements that would have make it into a PG-13 film if it would have done better at the box office. Check out this 2010 interview with the movie's producer, Joe Hale, for more info.