The Winnie The Pooh ride at Disneyland should be changed to a Perri ride.

The Winnie The Pooh ride at Disneyland should be changed to a Perri ride.

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The purpose of this petition is to formally request that Disneyland commemorate “Perri” - one of Disney’s most delightful but underappreciated films – by creating a new ride in Disneyland’s “Critter Country.”

The movie “Perri” was based on the book “Perri: The Youth of the Squirrel,” which was written by Felix Salten in 1938.  Salten, an Austrian writer, was famous for writing “Bambi: A Life in the Woods” (1923), which was the basis for the classic Disney film “Bambi” (1942) and “A Hound of Florence” which was the inspiration for the film “The Shaggy Dog.”  “Perri: The Youth of the Squirrel” is a significant literary work and has sold millions of books worldwide in countless languages to date.  

 The German-language edition was printed in Vienna but was confiscated and destroyed by the Nazis in 1938.  So early editions were translated into English and other languages before finally being published in German in 1942, thereby bringing joy to countless readers during World War II.

As a movie, “Perri” was extremely well received by audiences and critics when it was released.  “Perri” was popular with audiences, coming in as the #30 top grossing film of 1957 in the U.S. and the second highest grossing Disney film that year after “Old Yeller.”  “Perri” was also critically acclaimed.  It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1958 for “Best Music, Scoring,” narrowly losing to “The Bridge On the River Kwai” (which won 7 Oscars overall). Among its critical accolades, it won the Golden Bear Award for “Best Documentary” at the 1958 Berlin Film Festival.

The movie tells the triumphant and affirming tale of Perri, a female tree squirrel who learns about forest life and who encounters many different forest creatures, both friendly and dangerous.  During her journey, Perri displays incredible, positive attributes – courage, resourcefulness, intelligence, and hopefulness.  Perri is an animal heroine who serves as a positive role model for children and adults. 

For many, Perri is regarded by many as Disneyland’s first non-human princesses (reminder: Bambi was actually a male deer) and ranks as one of Disney’s earliest princesses of all time. From the Disney movie chronology perspective, Perri is the #3 Disney princess, appearing after only Snow White (1937) and Cinderella (1950) and well before Aurora/Sleeping Beauty (1959), Ariel (1989) and Belle (1991) and countless others. 

Disney has a long tradition of celebrating its princess characters in the parks, with both rides but well as character “meet and greets.”  To date, substantially all of Disney’s other iconic princesses have already been recognized with a park ride or attraction of some sort, including Snow White’s Scary Adventures (Disneyland and elsewhere), Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland and elsewhere), Cinderella Castle (Disney World and Disney Tokyo), the Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure (DCA and elsewhere) as well as countless others … but nothing yet for Perri.

The film features over thirty different types of character animals and utilizes “true-life nature photography,” which combines documentary aspects and narration.  The abundance of animal characters and true-life nature photography style would lend itself perfectly to Disneyland’s iconic ride theming.  

Given Perri’s historical importance and the lack of actual “critters” in Critter Country, we think it appropriate to recognize her esteemed character with her own attraction.  We ask that you sign this petition in support of this amazing animal heroine.

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