7 of Our Favorite Books That Were Adapted into Disney Classics!

Disney has always known how to pick some of the best novels to turn into classics. Ever since Walt Disneys’ ambition and drive to get the rights for many of our favorite books, the company has continued on in his name. Now, this is NOT every film adaptation from a literary classic, but some of our favorites. Which one of your favorites would you add to the list?

1. Treasure Island (1950)
The first live-action film? Well, OF COURSE, it has to be Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling tale of Treasure Island. For yee who be a fan of this coming of age tale of adventure, but may not enjoy the classic, the 90’s Muppet Treasure Island also does an amazing job of giving a little comedy to the classic story. Treasure Planet is also available – you know – if you’re looking for an animated and sci-fi translation. You will enjoy enjoy this tale – no matter how many ways you view it!

2. Freaky Friday (1976)
Switching bodies with your mom? What a nightmare! Or could it possibly lead to a little less fighting and a little more understanding? Oh well, guess you’ll have to watch to find out for yourself! This Mary Rogers’ novel has been adapted several times by Disney to the delight of literary and nostalgic fans alike.

3. The Princess Bride (1987)
It’s very easy to forget that not too long ago, Fox was bought by Disney! As a happy acquisition, The Princess Bride came along for the ride. William Goldman’s novel that combines romance, adventure, fantasy, and… basically everything you need in a story, was made into the cult classic film we know and love today.

4. The Princess Diaries (2001)
When Meg Cabot wrote The Princess Diaries book series, did she know that the queen herself would be played by Julie Andrews? I would bet no, but I also don’t believe that she would’ve realized what a cultural phenomenon that a high school girl becoming the princess of Genovia would be. Will Mia’s life change? Will she get everything she ever wished for or will she learn some very important life lessons along the way? If you have not started the series or checked out the film (and its sequel) – make sure you check it out!

5. Holes (2003)
This seems to be one of those successful book-to-film adaptations that have stood the test of time and critics alike. The novel by Louis Sanchar follows a boy sent to a camp where he must dig holes every day.  Okay, okay, the story is much more interesting than that. Follow Shia LaBeouf as he discovers that there is more to this story than just digging.

6. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
C.S. Lewis’ beautifully written series deserved an equally beautifully filmed movie – and it got exactly that. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe feature amazing special effects that transported loyal fans of the series and new fans alike.

7. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
This list may not end on a happy note but it definitely will end on the beautiful and heartbreaking tale by Katherine Paterson. Unlikely friendships intertwined with magic makes this film one to add to your watch list if you haven’t seen it before.



Danielle H