Revisiting ‘Darby O’Gill and the Little People’, Disney’s Bizarre Trip to the Emerald Isle Starring a Young Sean Connery
Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2019 by Rafael Motamayor
(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.)
While the phrase “Disney classics” usually refers to the Walt Disney Animation Studios output, Walt Disney Pictures did make a fair number of pure live-action films that did pretty well at the time of their release.
Like their animation counterparts, many of these live-action films were based on popular folk tales from around the world. While some of them (I’m looking at you, Song of the South) did a disservice to absolutely everyone alive and were nothing more than offensive caricatures, some of them were actually well-intentioned films that exposed American audiences to myths and traditions from other places in the world (even if they are still in some ways culturally outdated). One of these films is Darby O’Gill and the Little People.