Matilda is one of the greatest kids movies, and novels, of all time. Every child who ever felt underappreciated, too bookish, or just too cool for school could relate to the precocious heroine. We were rooting for little Matilda Wormwood to get the love she deserved. Who didn’t want a teacher like Miss Honey and who didn’t fear the formidable, horrifying Miss Trunchbull?
Matilda Wormwood was a beloved hero of a generation of book readers and moviegoers, and the 1996 film became a precious memory for many. If you had nightmares about Miss Trunchbull, longed for the day Matilda would your BFF, or ever wondered what happened to the cast after the movie – get ready for a nostalgic ride down memory lane. We promise you’ll learn things you never knew before!
1. The Original Version Of The Source Material Was A Lot Darker
1996’s Matilda was adapted from a 1988 novel by the famous children’s author Roald Dahl. That’s right, Matilda has the same literary father as Willy Wonka! Dahl’s sense of humor was always a little dark, on the verge of being a bit too mature or glib for kids. That outlook was very apparent in the first draft of Matilda. It was a lot darker than the sweet story we know today: Matilda was the villain, abusing her unusual powers to play mean tricks on her classmates!
When he finished writing the first draft, neither Dahl nor his editor liked the final result. The novel was rewritten – Miss Trunchbull was added as the villain, and Matilda became the defender of the weak and downtrodden.