No, Brer Fox. Don't Throw Fauntleroy In the Briar Patch! Please!
You know how American filmmakers have a tendency to adapt Britkidlit (oh, it is so too a word) for their own devices? Yeah, uh, John Patterson at The Guardian isn't pleased.
First off, points for the title of the article Play In Your Own Secret Garden. Patterson is fairly pissed off about Renee Zellweger getting cast as Beatrix Potter in that now already forgotten film (must be some kinda record). He takes issue with Dick Van Dyke's accent in Mary Poppins (I prefer to see it, as Eddie Izzard did, as Australian - i.e. "Put another shrimp on the barbie, Mary Poppins."), and doesn't like that we Yanks keep stealing his nation's books. The solution?
It would be interesting to see what might happen if a bunch of Brits started returning the favour and stomping all over America's prized kiddie library.Fair enough. So am I a bad person then for laughing when I read this next part?
If we dared to cast one of our promising young brats in a version of Little Lord Fauntleroy, or knocked out an all-chav version of Little Women or Little House On The Prairie, there'd be economic sanctions on toy exports and Sherman tanks parked in front of Hamley's within a fortnight.Mr. Patterson, I'm going to be big about this and let you know that you may have Fauntleroy. Please. Take him. Forever. I promise you, we won't cry too hard. *shudder*
Cinematical, as always, has a lovely response to Patterson's article that's worth taking into consideration as well. All in all, a great series of interesting ideas.
Now who can tell me exactly what this Stig of the Dump is?