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Smiley: Barefoot Australian Boy

I thought folks might be interesting about this old movie, about Smiley. It’s based on a book by the same name by Moore Raymond, and is often referred to as the “Huckleberry Finn” of Australia.

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When I wrote about The Disneyfication of Tom Sawyer, Jake, in one of the comments, recommends the Reader’s Digest version from 1973.

This one stars Johnny Whitaker (from “Family Affair”) as Tom and Jodie Foster (!) as Becky.

This one is a musical (that is, with a few songs interspersed).

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The Disneyfication of Huckleberry Finn

We’ve looked at The Disneyfication of Tom Sawyer. What about that other iconic barefoot boy, Huckleberry Finn?

First, let’s take a look at how an older movie treated him.

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The Disneyfication of Tom Sawyer

Barefooters are well-aware that Disney is utterly paranoid about bare feet. Just try to enter their parks barefoot and you will be descended upon.

But it is not just the parks.

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Megapodic Movie Hobbits

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was being shown over the weekend on Encore TV. It is always a good watch, but I was reminded yet again of one of the sillier things Peter Jackson did with the movie.

He put extra-large fake feet on the hobbits.

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