Movies And Books
Many people compare an English literary work to different movies of their time.

An example of this is Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw. A story about a woman
transformed into a spectacular beauty pushed into royalty, but never loses her
identity, is very similar to a movie directed by Don Bluth called Anastasia.

Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion and Don Bluth’s movie Anastasia, show that one
can change a person’s appearance, but the person deep within has never left
the surface. The two have a large array of similarities and differences. What is
also fascinating is that the background of both the English writer and director
are very similar in how they began. I will compare both movie work and literary
work of two exceptional people. Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin on July 26,

1856. He was essentially shy, yet created the persona of G.B.S. The showman,
controversialist, satirist, critic, pundit, wit, intellectual buffoon and
dramatist (http://www.sites.netscape.net/bernardshawinfo) . Shaw grew up in a
family with a drunken father, whom worked in a corn mill, a mother whom left
home when he was fourteen. Bernard never went to school past the age of
fourteen. After his mother left his father had gotten worse (http://www.spartacus.schoonet.co.uk/jshaw.htm)
. So he embarked on a journey to London in 1876, where he would become an active

Socialist and a brilliant platform speaker. His heart was in writing and seven
years later he wrote five unsuccessful novels. He was successful with his
journalism; he contributed Pall Mall Gazette (http://www.sites.netscape.net/bernardshawinfo).

One of the many people that influenced him in his newspaper career was William

Stead. Shaw attended a lecture on nationalization that was given by Henry

George, which had a profound effect on his ideas of socialism. In the year of

1884 he joined the Fabian Society and in 1885 the Socialist League. Bernard gave
a lecture on socialism on November 13th which would result in the Bloody Sunday

Riot. Shaw was considered one of the best writers of his time. He wrote many
plays such as Arms and the Man (1984), Satirizing romantic attitudes toward love
and war. In 1897 The Devil’s Disciple, a play on the American Revolution, was
produced with great success in New York City (http://www.sites.netscape.net/bernardshawinfo).

He also wrote a play known as Pygmalion, which satirizes the English class
system through the story of a cockney girl’s transformation into a lady at the
hands of a speech professor. The movie My Fair Lady was produced to amplify what

Pygmalion was all about. Of Shaw’s later plays, Saint Joan (1923) is the most
memorable; it argues that Joan of Arc, had to be killed because the world was
not yet ready for her. Among Shaw’s other plays are John Bull’s Other Island
(1940), The Doctor’s Dilemma, Fanny’s First Play, Back to Methuselah, The

Apple Cart, Too True to Be Good, and The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to

Socialism and Capitalism (http://www.spartacus.schoonet.co.uk/jshaw.htm).

Bernard conducted a strong attack on the London Theatre and was closely
associated with the intellectual revival of British theatre. His many plays fall
into several categories: Plays pleasant, Unpleasant Comedies, chronic- plays
metabiological Pentateuch. Don Bluth was born into a family of seven children in

El Paso, Texas. After watching Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs he found his
calling. From the age of six he could always be found drawing (http://www.movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=180001539&cf=bios)
. His family moved to Santa Monica, California, and upon graduation from high
school he took his drawings to Walt Disney studios in Burbank. He accepted a
position as an in betweener. He worked with Disney from 1955 through 1956 on the
classic motion picture "Sleeping Beauty". He continued his education at

Brigham Young University, studying English literature. In 1977, he returned to

Disney Animation Department as an Animator. He was promoted within two years to

Directing Animator and to Producer/ Director the following year. From 1971 to

1979 he worked on " Robin Hood", " Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too",

"The Rescuers" and the "Small One" (http://www.movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=180001539&cf=bios)
. He has created many prestigious animated films and laser disc video games. He
was usually known for his animated movies that showed fun, laughter,
togetherness, and teamwork. He is known to a lot of animators as an inspiration
to their writing style and their joy for the job. Don was overly attached and
dedicated to his work, and loved every bit of his day to day life (http://www.movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=180001539&cf=bios).

Pygmalion, a play written by Bernard Shaw tells the story of rags to riches. It
begins with a young flower girl that is poor and she sells flowers to get