The Disney fairytales that we used to watch as children are so ingrained in our consciousness that most of us rarely, if ever, think about the origins of those incredible stories. The truth is, most of them are much different in their original versions that what we know from the TV screen. Classics such as Snow White, Cinderella and many others all have a twist or two that would have been deemed too violent or unhappy for child audiences so in most cases their story lines have been altered.
Did you know that in the original Cinderella written by the Brothers Grimm the jealous stepsisters actually meet a painful and bloody end? One loses her toes while the other one slices off her heel in order to try and fit the slipper on. They also have their eyes picked out by doves at Cinderella’s wedding. Not much chance of seeing that plot twist in a Hollywood cartoon, is there?
2. The Little Mermaid
In Hans Christian Andersen’s story, Ariel not only wished for legs so she could live happily ever after with the Prince, but because mermaids do not go to heaven as humans do. After her wish was granted in the original story, every time Arial walked, every step would feel as if she was standing on knives; also, incredibly, there is no happy ending in this version – the Prince never fell in love with Ariel and she died on his wedding day.
3. Snow White
In Brothers Grimm’s Snow White, the evil Queen dies a much more brutal death. Instead of falling off a cliff, the Queen was invited to Snow White’s wedding where she was given a pair of hot iron shoes and forced to dance to death in front of the guests.
You will find detailed explanations of all the changes in twelve Disney classics if you play the video.