Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is a classic tale of a princess in distress and the prince who comes gallantly to her rescue. Poor Rapunzel cries upon seeing him in such a state, and her tears magically enable him to see again when they roll into his eyes. She is once again treated like a household servant by her stepmother and sisters. Pinocchio finally does a 180 and he works hard to support himself and his father, and he selflessly donates some of the money to help a fairy that had been watching over him. In the original story, a king who happens across the princess rapes her after failing to wake her up. This made his wife, Hera, understandably angry. One day when the babies were eating they sucked on her finger and managed to remove the flax from under her fingernail. The princess doesn’t want to have anything to do with the frog, but her father, being a fair king, makes her keep her promise. (Evil women dislike being less than drop-dead gorgeous in fairy tales, so the sorceress was not thrilled at this roundabout way of being called fat.) As times progress and what becomes more or less acceptable changes, we may see animated tales becoming more darker and realistic. In this story, Belle is only referred to as “Beauty”, which is actually her nickname. In the original fairy tale, The Little Mermaid dies, becoming nothing more than foam in the sea as she later looks down from heaven on her prince. From this point on, Pinocchio undergoes a series of misadventures and is nearly killed several times. 11 Original Fairy Tales vs. Disney Movies: How Many Do You Know? He does come to love her, but he is betrothed to the daughter of a neighboring king like many royals were in those days. Unfortunately, Talia comes across a woman at her spindle. In this blog post, I want to compare and contrast the story of Cinderella from the Grimm’s Fairy Tales versus Walt Disney’s version. The bands make weird cracking sounds as they come off his heart on the ride home, and the story just ends that way. She swims to the surface and takes the potion while sitting on the palace steps, where she is found and taken in by the prince that she had saved. He failed to wake her, so he instead “gathered the fruits of love”. Im talking about the literature BEHIND the cartoons...So go … However, other stories end more favorably, with her simply riding home on a camel or looking forward to getting married after coming home from the war. Walt Disney poses with statuettes of the Seven Dwarfs in the original theatrical trailer for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Yikes.) Here are some of the original tales, read and compare them to the Disney … The queen commands their secretary to uncover the secret, which he does. by Shruti Tangirala. Here are the dark original stories and fairy tales behind your favourite Disney films. Also, in the original tale, Snow White was not awakened by a kiss, but by being jostled by the prince as he took her to his castle. Surprisingly, the next day the frog makes a visit to the palace. The original tales have several different endings, but some of them end in tragedy. It doesn’t take Pinocchio long to get into mischief, which includes killing a talking cricket (poor Jiminy), burning his feet off and begging for food. It is only at the very end of their conversation that the sea witch asks for Ariel’s voice as payment. (There is definitely a recurring theme with the youngest daughter in fairy tales.) Would you have liked the movies better if the adaptations were more faithful? The poison seeps into his skin and burns Hercules, and his wife feels so bad about it that she kills herself. Upon seeing Snow White’s figure in the coffin, he pleads with the dwarfs until they allow him to take it home. The versions of fairy tales by Grimm and Disney are always similar in nature and moral. In the original fairy tale, when the girls’ stepmother sees this turn of events, she demands the first sister cut off her toe so that she can fit into the shoe. Read on only if you want to completely ruin your childhood. (Why they didn't just cut her hair and climb out or have the prince bring a long enough rope, we'll never know.) On the wedding boat, Ariel despairs and looks into the sea to find her sisters, who are now bald after exchanging their hair for a knife from the sea witch. But it was actually poisonous blood from a centaur that Hercules killed. Throughout Hercules’s life, Hera curses him with fits of madness and he kills people he would never otherwise dream of hurting. Instead, she tosses the knife overboard and hurls herself into the sea, dissolving into sea foam. Well, in the original version, Ariel is cursed by an evil witch. He has some more adventures and gets married again. One could argue that Cinderella is the neediest of the Disney Princesses. The rest of Talia’s story is too gruesome to be a children’s tale. None of the characters have names save for one, and we do not know the age of the princess. By the third day, he gets wise, and he actually coats the stairs with pitch so her shoes get stuck when she tries to leave. (The cook is spared because he did not cook the twins as the queen had intended.) The sorceress then waits for the prince and lets down Rapunzel’s hair, allowing him to climb into the tower. Unfortunately, Rapunzel blows her cover one day by asking the sorceress why she is more difficult to pull into the tower than the young prince. Disney vs Original Fairy Tales by Jenny Guo Cinderella Walt Disney: 1950 Father died, left with evil stepmother and stepsisters Forced to serve as maid Aided by many animals Fairy godmother grants wish Spends one night at a ball Prince falls in love, finds her through her lost Grimm vs. Disney: The Making of a Fairy Tale Amber Brandenburg English 121 Proffessor Kari Lomanno 8/13/2012 The fairy tales that we grew up with are not the originals. This means that all their previous stories depended on existing stories, tales or books. (Apparently, the evil queen has cannibalistic tendencies. Disney is well known for the movies and shorts they've been making for more than a century. (Splinters under the nail are no joke, but dying from one seems rather preposterous.). He gets caught by the sorceress and after explaining himself, she allows him to take her plants if he and his wife give up their child to the sorceress. Disney isn’t that far off the tracks in regards to this tale, seeing as she did step in for her father and take his armor because she felt that he was too old to be fighting. Pinocchio is another classic Disney movie, and actually the second of Disney’s fully animated feature films. (Let’s just say that we’re thankful that the Grimm Brothers’ Sleeping Beauty is much kinder to Sleeping Beauty and closer to the Disney version.) (It certainly wouldn't be able to keep a G rating.) True love's kiss and happily ever afters were child's play for the writers that came before Walt Disney. In the Disney version Snow was meant to be in her teens, which seems acceptable, but in the original Grimm’s tale Snow was merely seven years old. The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, and it’s very different from Disney’s happy and musical version. One day, her favorite toy falls into some deep water and she cries until a frog asks why she was crying. (We guess you could say that in a roundabout way, the little mermaid would eventually get what she ultimately wanted. Naturally, the youngest daughter was also the most beautiful (which seems to be a running theme as well), and she likes to play with a golden ball. 2. The same scenario happens with the other sister, only this time, it’s her heel that she cuts off. Angela has created costumes and props for Halloween events, conventions and Renaissance festivals. Ariel rises out of the foam and finds out that she has become a “daughter of the air”. She begrudgingly allows the frog to share her meal, but the princess absolutely draws the line at letting him sleep on her bed. Im not talking about those censored, for your viewing pleasure Disney cartoons youre thinking of, NO! Fairy tales—at least as we know them—are a childhood staple. Rapunzel had a set of twins while he was away—probably due to his visiting her in the tower. A common trait of fairy tale stories, many of the characters didn’t have names. by. (And what about the other characters that Disney introduced to the story, like Gaston and all of the servants transformed into household items? The father doesn’t bother asking the sorceress so he climbs the wall and steals rapunzel plants for his wife to eat. Heinrich inexplicably has iron bands around his heart that somehow kept it from bursting while he lamented the loss of the prince. (Due to the fact that he's a wooden marionette he lives through these experiences, but we're still puzzled about how he can still consume food like a normal human being.) The mermaids are actually allowed to visit the surface as much as they like when they reach fifteen years of age, and the little mermaid manages to save a drowning prince on one such trip. If you think I'm just playing, then take a gander at these six ways Disney princess classics differ from the original fairy tales. Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and The Frog Prince by the Grimm brothers have little in common, but both stories are interesting in their own right. The dwarfs had managed to revive her on the previous attempts, but they could not bring her back after the poisoned apple, so they made her a glass coffin because they felt that she was too beautiful to bury underground. The Prince then travels to find the owner of the shoe, and Cinderella’s sisters famously cut off parts of their feet in an attempt to wear the shoe. She invites the children to visit and instructs her chef to cook them, but the cook hides the twins and makes several lamb dishes instead. He decides that he wants to see Rapunzel for himself, so he manages to convince her to let down her hair-rope while the sorceress is away. You can find her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova. They leave and make their way home, and they realize that they have turned into adults. If we've managed to pique your curiosity, keep reading to see a handful of Disney movies versus the original tales. One such tale has her elderly father die while she was at war, and her mother remarries. It isn’t until the girl reaches twelve years old that the sorceress locks her in a tower, which has no door or stairs, but it does have a room and window at the very top. His room is also nicely furnished and a new set of clothes is waiting for him. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is another Disney movie that was adapted from the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales. However, there will always be a simplicity and innocence about Walt Disney’s first animated fairy tales that will be impossible for most not to love. The original story of “Cinderella” by the Grimm Brothers and the later Disney version Cinderella (1950) are both descriptions of a legendary fairy tale of a kind and gentle girl who overcomes the rancor of her stepmother and stepsisters and ultimately finds a happy ending. Let’s just say that Disney’s ending was much more kid-friendly, and the newly married couple has poor taste in wedding entertainment. Gepetto also had some of his youth restored and he was back to his carpentry work again, so at least this story does have a happy ending. Cinderella frequently weeps and prays by this tree, which grants whatever items she may want. With the blade, she has the option to kill the prince before the sun rises, and with his blood on her legs, she will turn into a mermaid once again. There's really no good explanation.) The Brothers Grimm were collectors of true folktales - marchen, in German - who wanted an ethnographic survey of the newly-unified/unifying German state. Hercules was actually the son of Zeus and a mortal woman—not Zeus and Hera like in the Disney movie—because Zeus is the epitome of unfaithfulness. Ouch! Disney and the brothers Grimm had two very different versions. Nine months later, the enchanted Talia has a set of twins, and the forest fairies help to raise them in the mother’s unconscious state. Frozen Has Little in Common with Its Source Material, Carlo Chiostri/Adolfo Bongini/OldBookIllustrations.com, The Best Christmas Costumes from the Movies [Costume Guide], These 75+ Christmas Costumes Will Help You Sleigh This Holiday Season, Take the Plunge in These Polar Plunge Costumes, DIY Christmas Card Ideas to Accompany Your Holiday Pictures, The Nightmare Before Christmas Makeup Tutorial, Turkey Costumes for Thanksgiving [Costume Guide], SNL Halloween Costumes: Party On [Costume Guide], Our Halloween Luminaries Will Light the Way to Your Halloween Celebration [Printables], The Ultimate Guide to Horror Movies [Infographic]. She clearly has her own magical powers! In exchange for retrieving her ball, the frog asks for her love and companionship. (She simply leaves them behind due to the inconvenience.) 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