Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026962, Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:48:49 -0300

[ TRIVIA] [SIGHTING] Dipods (Jerboa Mice) in "The Jungle Book"
Perhaps a few Nablers might be interested in amusing derailings from the
academe, such as the one I'll be reporting now (soon after finding a lost
and unexpected quote from "Lolita" in the recent "Batman x Superman" movie).

In Disney's most recent retake of Mowgli* I encountered various charming
scenes with one of the animals that V.Nabokov chose to provide him with a
pet name for Véra in his letters (in English, "my dipod") **. I wonder if
V. Nabokov"s inspiration was less motivated by his familiarity with the
animal world than by literature, namely, by Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle
Book." Disney's reference might have been true to the letter but I read
Kipling only in my youth and I no longer have the energy to check this
detail any further.

*The Jungle Book is Disney's 2016 Live-Action Adaptation
<http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LiveActionAdaptation> and
remake of their animated adaptation
<http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Disney/TheJungleBook> of Rudyard
Kipling <http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/RudyardKipling> 's
original story
<http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/TheJungleBook> , directed
by Jon Favreau <http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/JonFavreau> ,
and following the recent success of Disney's live action remakes. It is the
second live action adaptation of The Jungle Book made by Disney. The Jungle
Book contains examples of: [snip ] Misplaced Wildlife: King Louie was
changed from an orangutan to a Gigantopithecus in this movie in order to
avert this trope, as while orangutans aren't native to India, fossil
findings show that Gigantopithecus was [snip] Seldom Seen Species: King
Louie's monkey underlings include some relatively obscure species, such as
gibbons and Lion-tailed_macaque. And of course, Louie himself is a
Gigantopithecus. Quite a few other obscure species make cameos, including
jerboas, hoopoes, and a pangolin.
**- Details about "dipods - jerboa mouse" were included in a past VN-L

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