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Disney movies are famous for taking their viewers on a joy ride. Its an industry built on magic, fairy tales, and happily ever after endings. For children, Disney
movies serve as a reflection of their dreams. Stories like Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Mulan, had inspired children and adults alike since the 1930s when Disney released its first animated movie. Several generations have grown up watching Disney movies, and their characters have remained role models for little boys and girls alike.
A general perception of Disney movies is that they are always positive and impart optimistic messages. But, have you ever thought whether the fairy tales from which Disney classics were inspired had the same playfulness and positivity as these movies depict?
It may be surprising for you that none of the original stories of most famous Disney classics had such polished happily ever after endings. From hanging, torture, and death to burning feet, there was all this and much more. Disney very strategically cut out to give the centuries-old stories a modern-day spin and make them lighthearted. Check out how different the original versions of your favorite Disney classics are from its cinematic adaptation.
Mulan Was Defeated!!!
Disney portrays Mulan as a misfit, clumsy girl who disguises herself as a male soldier to participate in the Chinese army for battle against the Hun dynasty. She takes part in the military because her father is ailing and old, and even though he was ready to fight, Mulan was scared for his life, so she volunteered. In the movie, Mulan befriends a talking dragon who accompanies her in the battle and crickets, which she returns to after winning the war.
Mulan’s depiction in Hua Mulan’s poem tells us that, unfortunately, Mulan does not end up winning the war, and China faces defeat in front of the Huns. In reality, Mulan becomes a prisoner of war, and her chance of survival is only of she agrees to marry Khan from the Huns. She somehow escapes from the enemy and returns home.
There she finds out the horrible news of her father’s death in addition to the news of her mother getting married to someone else. To put herself out of the misery, she commits suicide to reunite with her father. She claims that she has done enough by being a woman and fighting in the war before taking her life.
Cinderella Had Too Much Gore.
We all know the classic Cinderella story, a young girl ill-treated by her stepsisters and stepmother. One day she gets a chance to go to the ball and meet the Prince; however, those plans are interrupted by her stepmother tearing off all her clothes. A fairy Godmother then helps her and magically transforms her to become ready for the ball.
Once Cinderella reaches the ball, she dances with the Prince but has to hurry home before midnight. The hurry causes her to misplace her glass slipper, which the Prince finds and then uses to see her again to live happily ever after.
The original story might have the same ending; however, a few scenarios were different in the Disney version. Charles Perrault’s version consisted of the stepsisters cutting off their toes so their feet would fit in the glass shoe that the Prince used to look for Cinderella. The plan fails miserably.
Furthermore, there was a bloody mess on the day of Cinderella’s wedding to the Prince when a few pigeons attack the sisters and take out their eyes. The Prince and Cinderella, however, live happily ever after.
Sleeping Beauty should be PG-rated.
The Disney version was just as creepy as the original one. However, it was romanticized by Disney. The movie portrays a princess trapped in a high tower, pricks her finger on a poisonous spindle of a spinning wheel. The curse makes the princess falls into a deep sleep for the rest of eternity. Sometime later, a handsome prince who is on a journey finds the princess sleeping in a glass coffin in the woods.
He is mesmerized by her beauty, so he kisses her on her lips; that kiss of true love breaks the spell waking up the princess from her sleep. They fall in love, living a happy life.
The original story by Charles Perrault has some horrifying turns. The spell cast on the princess is not broken by the Prince’s kiss but by the princess delivering her twins. The twist comes when the Prince who supposedly only kisses her actually raped the princess and left her pregnant with twins.
When Aurora, along with her kids, goes to the palace to confront the Prince, she is violently attacked by the Prince’s wife. Yes, the Prince was married. The King intervenes, allowing Aurora to marry her rapist.
Belle’s sisters were a bit Too Jealous of her!
Belle, who belongs to a humble background, lives with her father in a small village. She is pestered by a local bully named Gaston who wants to marry her. Belle loves to read books and knows that she deserves better, so she refuses him every time he proposes. Later she gets kidnapped by a horrifying, rich beast who keeps her captive in a castle.
There she befriends talking utensils plus household objects like a teapot and wall clock. Belle, interestingly, falls in love with the beast when she gets to know how beautiful he is from the inside. After their first kiss, the spell that made the Prince a beast is broken. They get married to live a happy life in the future.
In the version by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, Belle meets her sisters in the village for a week after convincing the beast to let her venture out a bit to visit her family When she meets her sisters, the sisters are green with envy looking at the jewels that belle is adorned with, plus hearing the details of her fancy lifestyle in the castle.
So, their plan was to convince Belle to stay longer than a week, so the Beast gets angry with her and eventually leaves Belle.
Snow White was brutal.
Snow White, just like her name, was as fair as snow; she was so beautiful that her stepmother was jealous of her beauty and orders a huntsman to kill snow white and bring back her heart as proof. However, Snow White escapes ending up living with seven dwarfs. The huntsman gives the queen the nature of an animal, claiming it to be Snow White’s heart.
The queen, later on, finds out that snow white is still alive. The evil stepmother or queen poisons Snow White with an apple once again in an attempt to kill her. The dwarfs take revenge and kill the stepmother. Snow White, who is in eternal slumber, is woken up by the kiss of one true love of a prince. They pursue a happy life together.
The Grimm Brothers portrayed Snow White’s mother or the evil queen’s vengeful death by making her dance in iron shoes that were burning hot. This made her dizzy, causing her to pass out and eventually die. Such a horrific punishment that could easily have come out of a Quentin Tarantino film.
The Little Mermaid Can Make You Cry
The red-haired mermaid Ariel, the daughter of the King of the oceans, asks Ursula the evil octopus to replace her mermaid tail with legs to go on land she had to pay the price with her soulful voice. She uses the legs to leave the sea and wander the land for love. She catches the eye of Prince Eric, who falls in love with her. They fight Ursula, killing her and breaking the spell. Ariel gets her voice back, marries prince Eric living a life both on land and sea.
The story written by Hans Christian Anderson tells us that when Ariel makes the deal of exchanging her tail for legs, there is a clause that her legs would always be hurting. This clause was included to make her feel like she is walking on knives the whole time. Since the look of pain is not really seductive or beautiful, Prince Eric did not fall in love with her but married someone else. In despair, Ariel jumps into the sea, where she is transformed into sea foam.
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