Flora & Ulysses author Kate DiCamillo recently explained the non-traditional influence that comics had on her novel and subsequent film adaptation.
Flora & Ulysses author Kate DiCamillo broke down the Disney+ film’s comic book influences, explaining that she is not “a traditional comic book fan.”
“I am a comic book fan, but not a traditional comic book fan,” said DiCamillo. “I-I-I-and I-I’ve-you know, I-I’ve been answering this question since the book came out and I always feel kinda chagrined. What I grew up with and what I love is, uh, Charlie Brown and-and Peanuts, and I-and I actually still read a Peanuts cartoon every morning and it’s like it shaped my whole childhood and it still shapes my sensibility.”
“…when I was writing the book and-and I had Flora love, uh, comic book superheroes, um, I-I-when I turned it in, it didn’t have a superhero in it. And my editor said, ‘Oh, you’re gonna have to make up a-a superhero.’ And I-and I thought, ‘I can’t do that.’ But then, you know, I did, um, and that’s Incandesto, and it was really fun,” DiCamillo said. “So, then I started doing-I went back and did prep work on-you know, by reading superhero comics and stuff, so kinda backwards.”
Flora & Ulysses recently began streaming on Disney+. The film — which opens with a montage of various Marvel characters including panels from Iron Man and Captain Marvel comics — follows the story of a young girl named Flora, a fan of superheroes and comic books, who teams up with a superpowered squirrel named Ulysses.
Starring Matilda Lawler, Alyson Hannigan, Ben Schwartz, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Danny Pudi, Anna Deavere Smith and Kate Micucci, Flora & Ulysses is now available on Disney+.
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