The ‘Alien’ franchise is a classic science fiction horror story, with Ridley Scott’s 1979 film introducing audiences to the terrifying Xenomorphs.
Now that Disney owns the franchise, they’re aiming to induct kids into an ‘Alien’ fan following from a young age, with a new book that teaches the alphabet with words from the franchise.
The book, ‘A is for Alien: An ABC Book’, will be released on July 9, 2024, and is available to pre-order on Amazon.
The description for the book reads “In space, no one can hear you giggle as you read this Little Golden Book featuring the characters from the classic movie Alien!
“Follow Ripley and the rest of the Nostromo crew on a space adventure that introduces the alphabet from A to Z. With fun illustrations, this light-hearted reimagining of the iconic movie.
“Alien will delight fans young and old, as well as Little Golden Book collectors throughout the universe.
“Since 1979, Alien has been an iconic franchise that has thrilled viewers around the world.
“Little Golden Books enjoys nearly 100% consumer recognition. They feature beloved classics, hot licenses, and new original stories . . . the classics of tomorrow.”
Amazon also gives a suggested age range for the book, which says it’s suitable for those aged two to five years old.
This isn’t the first time that the franchise has been toned down for a younger audience.
In 1995, a ride based on the ‘Alien’ franchise called “ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter” was opened at Disney World, much to the disgust of parents.
The saw introduced guests to a futuristic laboratory belonging to the X-S Tech company.
A show focused on the efforts of X-S Tech employees Spinlock and Dr. Femus as they contain an alien unleashed via a teleporter accident.
The ride was replaced in 2003 with a more kid-friendly ride based on ‘Lilo and Stich’ called “Stich’s Great Escape!”
It was originally supposed to center around the Xenomorph, but Disney changed course when George Lucas stepped in.