15Penelope and the Twelve Months

Penelope and the 12 Months

In the 1940s, there was a popular poem about a young girl named Penelope who used a magical grandfather clock to travel through time. This allowed her to meet supernatural beings that represented the months of the year. Disney loved the poem and decided to turn it into a film.

Artist Mary Blair did many preliminary sketches for the movie, but it, unfortunately, never happened.

In the Disney story, Penelope was a dead ringer for the princess she worked for. Instead of a magical grandfather clock, she had a magical ring. She used this ring to bring snow flowers to the princess: the two girls eventually became friends. At the time, Disney's audiences were more adult and the company felt that a film based around a young girl wouldn't go over well.

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