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View all. Events Podcasts Apps. Contact us Contact us Offices Media contacts Catalogues. Home The Sky is Falling. Paperback Ebook. View more editions. Pre-Order From. Benjamin Thorpe's translation of Thiele's Danish story was published in and given the title "The Little Chicken Kluk and his companions".
Comparing the different versions, we find that in the Scots and English stories the animals want "to tell the king" that the skies are falling; while in the American story, as in the Danish, they are not given any specific motivation. In all versions they are eaten by the fox, although in different circumstances. The first use of the name "Chicken Little" to "one who warns of or predicts calamity, especially without justification" recorded by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is in ,  but idiomatic use of the name significantly predates that attestation.
In fact, this usage is recorded in the United States very soon after the publication of Chandler's illustrated children's book in Already, in , a journal article about the Government of Haiti referred to "Chicken Little" in an offhand manner. To hear their harangues on the eve of the election, one would suppose that the fable of Chicken Little was about to become a truth, and that the sky was actually falling. Walt Disney Pictures has made two animated versions of the story.
The first was Chicken Little ,  a animated short released during World War II as one of a series produced at the request of the U. It tells a variant of the parable in which Foxy Loxy takes the advice of a book on psychology on the original cut, it is Mein Kampf by striking the least intelligent first.
Dim-witted Chicken Little is convinced by him that the sky is falling and whips the farmyard into mass hysteria , which the unscrupulous fox manipulates for his own benefit. The dark comedy is used as an allegory for the idea that fear-mongering weakens the war effort and costs lives.
It is also one of the versions of the story in which Chicken Little appears as a character distinct from Henny Penny. The second Disney film was the very loosely adapted Chicken Little , released in as a 3D computer-animated feature.
It is an updated science fiction sequel to the original fable in which Chicken Little is partly justified in his fears. In this version, Foxy Loxy is changed from a male to a female, and from the main antagonist to a local bully. In this modern update, the story is given a satirical and political interpretation. There have also been a number of musical settings. On the sitcom The Golden Girls , there was a episode in which the characters perform a short musical based on the fable here titled "Henny Penny" at a school recital.
In Singapore, a more involved musical was performed in In his note to the score Bachlund makes it clear that he intends a reference to alarmism and its tragic consequences. There are many CDs, films, novels, and songs titled "The Sky is Falling", but the majority refer to the idiomatic use of the phrase rather than to the fable from which it derives. The following are some lyrics which genuinely refer or allude to the story:. A very early example containing the basic motif and many of the elements of the tale is some 25 centuries old and appears in the Buddhist scriptures as the Daddabha Jataka J The hare starts a stampede among the other animals until a lion halts them, investigates the cause of the panic and restores calm.
The fable teaches the necessity for deductive reasoning and subsequent investigation. The Australian author Ursula Dubosarsky tells the Tibetan version of the Jataka tale in rhyme, in her book The Terrible Plop , which has since been dramatised, using the original title Plop!
In this story, Br'er Rabbit initiates the panic but does not take part in the mass flight, although Br'er Fox does. In this case it is Br'er Terrapin that leads the animals back to question Br'er Rabbit.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the folk tale. For other uses, see Henny Penny disambiguation. For other uses, see Chicken Little disambiguation. The Yale Book of Quotations cites the nursery tale "Chicken Licken" as the source for 'the sky is falling' and the character is mentioned in John Cheever 's short story "The 5.
The Sky Is Falling may refer to: Contents. 1 Literature; 2 Film; 3 Music; 4 Video games. Literature. The Sky Is Falling, the catch phrase of the fable Henny. Henny Penny, more commonly known in the United States as Chicken Little and sometimes as Chicken Licken, is a European folk tale with a moral in the form of a cumulative tale about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. The phrase "The sky is falling!.
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