Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Needless to say, a jealous wife trying to commit infanticide against the illegitimate child of her rapist husband wouldn't have fit in a G-rated kiddie movie. Running Time: 60 Minutes / Rating: Not Rated (Suitable for All Ages) Release Date: September 7, 2004 1.33:1 Fullscreen (Original Aspect Ratio) Dolby Surround (English, French) Meanwhile, in the Brothers Grimm version, The Frog King, the Princess meets the frog when she loses her ball down a well. Lovely, bookish Belle is one of the most memorable — and intellectual! In the world of Hollywood animation, Disney's pantheon of princess movies are the ne plus ultra of lighthearted family fare. The story has an uplifting ending — the wandering, sightless prince eventually stumbles into Rapunzel's arms, and her tears magically restore his eyesight — but things get awfully dark before the happily-ever-after. They also learned a lot about navigation, and this is how the character of Moana came to life. Except, of course, that an authentic retelling of the original story of Aladdin and the Lamp from Arabian Nights would have looked very different in the Disney princess department. Cue the frog knocking on the castle door during dinner — awkward! The original story has no kissing from the prince. In Perceforest, one of the earliest versions of the Sleeping Beauty theme written in the 16th century, Princess Zellandine falls in love with Troylus. After Megara had given birth to three children by Hercules, Hera infected Hercules with madness that cause him to kill his entire family. The 17th-century version starts out much the same as our modern one. His friend Gerda saves him from the Queen's castle several years later. The original ending: The original version, which was written in 5 AD and has been adapted over several years, Mulan returns home from war to find that the world has transformed completely. She is the Queen of Snowflakes and lives in a frozen palace. She died when she was 21 years old. Scholars don't agree entirely, but none of these versions are feel-good fairy tales. He eventually finds Rapunzel, and she heals him with her tears. Share your opinions in the comments. Also, read Disney Princess Aurora Story. They don't just embarrass themselves when they try to pretend they're the owners of Cinderella's missing slipper; they dismember their feet to make the shoe fit. The king and queen become extremely happy after seeing their daughter. Oh, no, not now. We love Cinderella for its whimsical use of vegetables, its musically gifted vermin, and its fantastic commitment to pushing the envelope when it comes to fashion. He is the king actually and he rapes the sleeping Talia instead. In Disney's version, Tiana is a scrappy jazz-age entrepreneur who dreams of opening her own restaurant, and she's not averse to kissing a frog if it means it'll help her achieve her dreams. But while Disney's Little Mermaid lived happily ever after as part of your world, the Hans Christian Andersen story that the movie was based on is a much, much darker affair — full of dismemberment, murder, existential crises, and exactly zero reggae jams musical numbers composed by a crotchety talking crab. 1 - A Gift From the Heart DVD Details. With singing animals, big-eyed heroines, guaranteed happily-ever-afters, and a nice, comfortable G-rating across the board, there's nothing even remotely dark or disturbing about these whimsical films ... until you take a peek at the stories they're based on. Disney Princess: Princess Adventure Tales: A Disney Story Collection (Storybook Collections) - Kindle edition by Books, Disney, Disney Storybook Art Team. Disney Princess movies take inspiration from different folktales, meaning they're set in different places and times – and here’s every Disney Princess movie in chronological order. However, there is no proof that it actually happened. During her captivity, tobacco planter John Rolfe conditioned her release upon her agreeing to marry him. Obviously. When he learns Rapunzel isn't there, he throws himself off the tower into some thorn bushes, which gouge his eyes out and render him blind. In the original story, a king who happens across the princess rapes her after failing to wake her up. Pedro suffered from a rare genetic condition, due to which his entire body was covered in thick hair. The original tale of one of the beloved Disney princesses, Snow White, has not been changed much from the original tale by the Brothers Grimm, except, it is not the princess’ heart but her liver and lungs that the Evil Queen wants, to be served for dinner. The very first Disney princess movie hews more closely to its origin story than most, but the 1938 animated fantasy still skirts a lot of the creepiest bits from the original Snow White. In the original Little Mermaid, there's no spectral hand made of magic snatching the mermaid's voice from her throat; she has to sacrifice her ability to speak the old-fashioned way, by letting the sea witch cut out her tongue. Were you surprised by any of the stories behind Disney princesses? The Disney Princesses' television appearances were compiled into the Disney Princess Collection, a series of compilation DVDs containing episodes from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and two Beauty and the Beast specials. In the myths, in contrast to the movie, Maui appears as a slim young man who is coming of age with a top-knot on his head. Lest anyone starts thinking that only princesses get the Disney clean-up treatment on their creepy origin stories, allow us to present Hercules: possibly the most sanitized fairy tale in the entire catalog of Disney movies. They were generic princess products,\" he mused. In the original fairy tale, the prince falls in love with a different girl, breaking the Little Mermaid's heart. The Khan from the enemy lets Mulan live with the condition that she live with him, so Mulan escapes. The story of Rapunzel is based on the fairy tale by the brothers Grimm. In the original Beauty and the Beast, Beauty's father gets on the Beast's bad side, and the Beast decides that either the father or one of his daughters must die as a punishment. In 1607, John Smith, an English soldier and explorer, was captured by one of Powhatan’s hunting parties. — heroines in the Disney princess pantheon. The Disney company's The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy romance film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Pictures. But the frog demands that she bring him into her bed — which, to be fair, she did promise to do — at which point the Disney princess freaks out and hurls his frog-body against the wall, fully intending to kill him. There's a baby girl, a christening party, and a prophecy concerning the danger of flax. He retrieves it for her in exchange for a promise of companionship, but the princess welches on the agreement, takes her ball, and leaves the frog in the forest, assuming he won't be able to follow her. At Snow White's wedding reception, the evil woman is forced to put on a pair of molten iron shoes and dance in them until she drops dead. The two of them never had a romance; instead the teenage Pocahontas married a fellow Powhatan but was taken captive in 1613 as the relationship between her tribe and the English deteriorated. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Disney’s darker films. Later versions of the tale also include Mulan going through the pain and struggle of unbinding her feet for combat. (As one does.) For one thing, she was all of 11 years old when she saved Smith's life by throwing herself between him and her father, who intended to execute the man — if that story is even true. First, she hands Aladdin's magic lamp over to the evil sorcerer because she doesn't know what it is. In a new video (see below), they will destroy your childhood by revealing the real stories behind some of your favorite Disney fairy tales. The king and the princess get married and live happily ever after (despite the fact that he raped her). Regardless of any actual title(s) possessed, each official Disney Princess is properly addressed (within the franchise) with the title of "Princess" preceding their name. — and the king forcing his daughter to make good on her word. The prince marries another girl that he believes to be his savior, and the Little Mermaid throws herself into the sea and turns into sea foam. But in Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's Beauty and the Beast, the original story on which the movie was based, the circumstances under which she comes to stay with the transfigured prince are a lot more questionable. Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is a classic tale of a princess in distress and the prince who comes gallantly to her rescue. When he finds her, he impregnates her in her sleep. A later DVD series was released, entitled Disney Princess Stories, featuring content similar to the previous release. 15 Disney Films and Fairy Tales That Have Extremely Morbid Origin Stories Find out the scary real-life inspiration behind these kid's classics and … From Sven the snarky reindeer, to Olaf the lounge-singing snowman, to its parting message about the power of sisterly love, Frozen broke major ground for Disney as a feel-good, feminist-friendly entry into its canon of classic princess fare. What's that? The story of Rapunzel is based on the fairy tale by the brothers Grimm. Rapunzel grows up in isolation with no visitors except for the witch, until a prince tricks her into letting her hair down so that he can climb up and visit her. Instead, he friend-zones her and marries somebody else, leaving the poor, mute mermaid with nothing but bad choices. Fortunately, the genie knows what's what, and Aladdin lives happily ever after ... or at least as happily as anyone can hope to when their wife is so very, very dumb. Pocahontas (given birthname: Matoaka) was born in 1595 to a Powhatan chief. But Disney was cleaning up this creep show from the very start. Rapunzel, meanwhile, is sent off to wander the desert and give birth to the prince's illegitimate twins. What the hell, Dad?) Probably because there was centaur semen involved. Interestingly, in the first version of the tale, Rapunzel is the one who foolishly gives the prince away by admitting to the witch that her clothes are getting too tight for her around her waist (indicating pregnancy). (Unfortunately, the endeavor backfires and Tiana is transformed into a frog herself, at which point the story pivots sharply to become a swashbuckling bayou adventure involving hoodoo, voodoo, and trumpet-playing alligators.). Moana is a fully fictional character. The princess struggles valiantly not to vomit while the frog hangs out on the table beside her at dinner eating food off her plate, and she gamely brings him upstairs with her and sticks him in a corner of her bedroom. At the end of the film, Quasimodo pushed Frollo, the villain, off the roof of the cathedral, killing him. Feeling lonely and miserable, she commits suicide. We all know the story of sweet Ariel, who fell in love with a human man and — after an epic showdown with the greatest evil diva squid under the sea — got a well-deserved happy ending with a princely husband and her very own shapely pair o' legs. Frozen is based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, a lengthy, convoluted meditation on the nature of evil in the guise of a classic fairy tale. And the kingdom celebrates the return of their princess. Some of those beloved characters have their origin in legends, fairy tales, or even real life, which is often more exciting or darker than what we see in the movies. Do you think that Disney did a good job adapting these stories and changing their plot? In the original story, the queen gleefully chows down on a pile of lungs and liver brought to her by her huntsman, thinking she's eating her own stepdaughter's innards. Original: Quasimodo Gets Tortured, Esmeralda Gets Tortured and then Everybody Dies. The very first Disney princess movie hews more closely to its origin story than most, but the 1938 animated fantasy still skirts a lot of the creepiest bits from the original Snow White. Nine months later, the Disney princess — still sleeping — gives birth to her rapist's twin babies, who suck out the cursed flax from their mother's body in an attempt to nurse, waking her up. ), or she can die herself. She doesn't even get to have cake first. Ariel, the Little Mermaid, is based on the character from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. Hercules was born half man, half god — and Hera, Zeus' wife, was so peeved about her husband's catting around that she tried to have baby Hercules killed, dropping a pair of poisonous snakes into his crib. According to him, Matoaka threw herself across his body to protect him from execution at the hands of Powhatan. OG Jasmine is not only far more passive and less badass than her Disney counterpart, but she's such an idiot that she's basically the repeated instrument of Aladdin's downfall. The truth behind Disney Princesses and their original stories show a more gruesome and adult centered storyline. She ultimately followed Rolfe to England and died there the following year, at age 20, never having seen her father or family (or Grandmother Willow) again. The Disney version of the Grimm brothers' Rapunzel is a super-sweet teen romance with rousing musical numbers, an epic meet-cute involving a weaponized frying pan, and the requisite amount of long blonde hair. Read the list to the end to discover which princess is based on a real person. Nope, Disney didn't mention that, either! He proposes marriage to her every day for three months before letting her go back to her dad's house for a visit. The creepy stories behind Disney's princess movies. Bright Side invites you on a journey to discover the stories behind 9 Disney princesses. Eesh. However, in one version of the legend, Mulan returns home to find her father dead and her family falling apart. At the very end of the story, the sisters show up at Cinderella's wedding and walk her down the aisle in a shameless last-minute attempt to curry her favor — at which point the talking birds, who have had just about enough of this social-climbing nonsense, fly down and peck their eyes out. The real stories just wouldn’t fit properly in a cute, animated musical. In this Grimm's fairy tale, the Evil Queen arrives at Snow White and Prince Charming's wedding. The queen in Frozen is based on the character of the Snow Queen in the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. He's not just there to see how badly she's being treated, he's complicit in it. Soon after realizing … Snow White also isn't revived in her story of origin by the prince's life-saving kiss; rather, he brings the comatose princess back in her glass coffin so that he can install her in his home like an objet d'art. The Terrifying Origin Stories Behind Your Favorite Disney Movies 'The Fox and the Hound' was a super-downer, you guys. When the witch finds out that Rapunzel has been entertaining a man, she lops Rapunzel's hair off and tricks the prince into climbing the severed tresses. Instead of telling the true story of Hercules' origins, Disney invented an alternate universe in which Hades, the god of the Underworld, tried to do away with baby Hercules in order to help along his power grab for Mount Olympus. But like most of Disney's classic animated fare, this dreamy old-school princess story was a complete nightmare in its original incarnation. Unlike the fumbling, unlikely girl who joins the army in desperation after accidentally setting a matchmaker on fire, the Fa Mulan of Chinese folklore is depicted as an extremely capable soldier — so capable that she doesn't struggle at all to gain the acceptance of the men who are totally fooled by her skills. Beauty, having discovered that the Beast is not just hairy and ugly but also willing to resort to this potent "I'll die if you leave me" brand of emotional manipulation, decides then and there to marry him. See the video story below, Disney Tangled Story Video There, she is forced to wear hot iron shoes and to dance in them until she dies. Instead, she's a cold, creepy, inhuman villainess with an unsavory penchant for kissing underage boys. Oh, and the Snow Queen doesn't sing so much as one single power ballad, thus cementing her status as an irredeemable monster. But Beast can't bring himself to kill her on account of the butterflies in his stomach. But it comes with a price: every step she takes is extremely painful. These princesses fall into the requirements listed above. When the king realizes this, he throws his wife in the cauldron instead. Eugene’s crimes are pardoned. Let's Begin! (She had been doing that kind of "entertaining.") By the time Kay's sister finds him several years later, he is a wrung-out shadow of his former self and downright gangrenous with frostbite. And that's not all! The author's original idea was to make a movie about Maui, but after their visit to Polynesia, they were inspired by the beautiful and powerful women there (as shown in the photo on the right). Also, the wicked queen's death is a lot less instantaneous and profoundly more disturbing. First and foremost, Rapunzel isn't snatched by the witch in the original Rapunzel; she's handed over by her parents as a trade, because they couldn't stop stealing salad ingredients from the witch's garden. In their version, when the witch finds out about Rapunzel and the prince, she cuts off Rapunzel's hair and dangles it out the window. She is believed to have been inspired by a real couple — Pedro and Catherine Gonsalvus. (Worse, there's not a single singing, dancing teapot to offer some much-needed comic relief.). The stories of Disney’s Princesses are very well-known, but many viewers are not familiar with the original fairytales on which they’re based – and here’s how much they changed from the source material. The king returns after a while and brings her back to the palace, where his jealous wife hatches a plot to stew up Sleeping Beauty and her children and feed them all to her unfaithful husband. Needless to say, she takes the noble option and throws herself into the sea ... at which point it turns out that her act of sacrifice has earned her a place in heaven. Everybody loves a good Disney movie, incredible visuals, touching stories, killer music numbers and mesmerizing magical worlds that we can transport to for at least a couple of hours. One of the sisters chops off her big toe, and the other removes a piece of her heel. ... with the original endings restored. And while she redeems herself by following Aladdin's simple instructions to seduce and poison the sorcerer so Aladdin can get his lamp back, she then immediately invites the sorcerer's even more evil younger brother — who has disguised himself as an old lady — to come live with them in the castle. \"They weren't even Disney products. 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