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The Moomins were created as book characters by Tove Jansson. But who created their well known hippopotamus-like appearances? Tove Jansson herself.
Tove Jansson (pictured) was not only a writer, but also an illustrator. She created a series of comic books about the Moomins.
In a well-known fairy tale, why did Hansel and Gertel wander alone through the woods? They were intentionally left by parents.
'Hansel and Gertel' is an old German fairy tale, recorded (but not created) by the Grimm brothers. The practice of leaving children to fend for themselves, as well as cannibalistic practices (the behaviour of witch) were not uncommon in Medieval Europe during famine.
Who was the first Disney princess? Snow White.
Snow White is a main character in Walt Disney Animation Studios' first animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Currently "Disney Princess" is a media franchise owned by The Walt Disney Company, which features a line-up of female heroines form Disney animated films: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida.
What was Mickey Mouse's original name? Mortimer Mouse.
In 1925, Hugh Harman drew some sketches of mice around a photograph of Walt Disney. These inspired Ub Iwerks to create a new mouse character for Disney. "Mortimer Mouse" had been Disney's original name for the character before his wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it, and ultimately Mickey Mouse came to be.
Who wrote the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk"? Joseph Jacobs.
Joseph Jacobs was born in Sydney to a Jewish family. His work went on to popularize some of the world's best known versions of English fairy tales including "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Goldilocks and the three bears", "The Three Little Pigs", "Jack the Giant Killer" and "The History of Tom Thumb"