Sunday, 17 April 2011

CENSORED BIG BAD WOLF IN BRITAIN'S MICKEY MOUSE XMAS SPECIAL (1939)

Mickey Mouse Xmas Special, published by Britain's Odham Press late in 1939, carries a two and a half pages long illustrated story titled 'Laugh, Hyena, Haugh' which features the Big Bad Wolf as a supporting character. This is actually a revised edition of a story earlier published in vol.2 no.2 (dated Nov. 1936) of the American Mickey Mouse Magazine under the exact same title. The story concerns a boxing match between Donald Duck and a hyena, assisted by the Big Bad Wolf. While the original US edition carries a single illustration featuring only Donald and his nemesis, the British edition features new illustrations and the wolf is depicted in two of them, once in the background (see above) and once in the foreground:And yet, the differences between the two editions are not limited to the illustrations. The texts are almost identical, except for a few insignificant paraphrasings here and there and one case of censorship: In the US edition, the Big Bad Wolf calls Donald a "sissy"; in the US edition, he calls the duck a "coward"...

2 comments:

tymime said...

Do you have uncropped versions? I'd like to read the story. Looks like it's extremely rare...
Also, I like hyenas.

Marrissa said...

Ooohh...I too would've liked to see the full version, since this is incredibly hard to find. At least, could you tell us if Donald wins the fight and if so, how? I'd sooo appreciate it.