Today I am going to be telling you the original fairytales before Disney retold them. (They're not necessarily the first, original versions of the stories but they are dark ones). You might know most of these and that's cool, but in case you didn't, here they are. Please note I have done some research - I'm not just making it up.
This article should probably be in the Disney Club, but the majority of these stories are Disney Princess and heroine stories. Besides, I like to get feedback and nice comments and I hardly ever get comments in the Disney club.
These aren't ranked or in a countdown, but, they are dark.
And some of them might shock you.
We all know this movie is about a boy that takes 3 children on a trip to Neverland and share adventures with them as they try and conquer the evil pirate Captain Hook.
Now that's all very fun, however in the original story by J M Barrie, Peter Pan would "thin out" the members of the Lost Boys when there was too many of them or when they grew too old. (In other words, he would murder them). Also, in the battle against the pirates, Peter would switch sides, fighting against the Lost Boys too. For no reason; just for fun.
In the Disney version, the Queen "kills" Snow White by feeding her a poisonous apple, Snow is awoken with Love's First Kiss, and the Queen falls off a cliff during a lighting storm and then crushed by the boulder. (I would think, anyway, I don't know.)
In the original, the Evil Queen tries to kill Snow three times; the first by tying a ribbon around her waist too tight, the second by brushing a poisonous comb through her hair, the last is the poisonous apple, which succeeds to a point. The Prince, when he discovers her, does not kiss her, but instead he likes the look of the girl's dead body so much he orders his men to take her body back to his castle so he can gaze upon it or whatever. (Falling in love with a dead body. Nice. Better than kissing one I suppose.) One of the men carrying the coffin stumbles over a rock and and as that happens the piece of apple dislodges from Snow White's neck, waking her up. At the Prince and Snow White's wedding, the Queen is invited, and she is forced to dance in red hot iron shoes until she drops down dead. Great.
The movie Cinderella is similar to the stories, however the ending differs.
In a version of Cinderella (I'm not sure which version though), the stepsisters are not ugly, but beautiful with "black hearts". They cut off pieces of their feet in order to fit into the shoe. Jeez, they must really be desperate for that Prince. It's only when the Prince notices blood seeping from their shoe that he turns around and finds Cindy. As punishment, the sisters have their eyes pecked out by birds.
The Little Mermaid
This probably isn't much of a surprise to most people. In the Disney movie, she makes a bargain with the sea witch for three days on land to fall in love with her Prince. If she fails to do so, she belongs to the sea witch (Ursula).
In the story by Hans Christian Andersen, the mermaid has her tongue cut out so she can't speak, and whenever it walks it feels like she's stepping on knives; causing her feet to bleed. She is found by the Prince and enjoys his hospitality, but he falls in love with another woman and marries her. The little mermaid's sisters cut off their hair in return for a knife and give it to their sister, explaining that if she were to kill the Prince and spill some of his blood on her legs, her legs will morph back into a tail and she can become a mermaid again. However the little mermaid cannot bring herself to commit the murder and instead throws herself out to sea where she turns to sea foam.
I haven't seen this movie in a while but most people know it to be about a little wooden puppet owned by Gepetto who must prove himself in order to become a real boy, which he succeeds at.
In the story, however, he does not succeed. He's hung from a tree by a fox and a cat. Oh and by the way, he KILLS JIMINY CRICKET. FOR FUN. That just ruined everything. Always let your conscience be your guide. UNLESS IT INVOLVES KILLING CRICKETS.
Beauty and the Beast
Belle the bookworm begs to take her father's place in a palace and befriends the beast, eventually falling in love with him.
One of this story's original versions I actually know the name of: Little Broomsticks. In this one she has two stepsisters (Disney probably cut them out, because otherwise it would be similar to Cinderella.) When the Beast is turned back into a Prince, Beauty invites her sisters to live with her in the castle. Being so jealous of her, they drown her. Yeah. And then the same enchantress that turned the Prince into a Beast brings Beauty back to life and turns the sisters to stone. Woohoo.
In the movie Hercules saves a town and Mount Olympus while find the love of his life on his way to restore his godhood.
In the myth, he marries Princess Megara (if she was a princess in the story then how come she wasn't a princess in the Disney version? Was it because she was the bad guy? That's sad.) Yeah so anyway he marries Megara and they have two children.
He kills them.
And some texts say he killed Megara too.
Well that's great. She's my favourite heroine and turns out she's killed by one of my favourite heroes. (Not to mention her own husband.)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
In the first five or so minutes of the Disney film, men are captured, a woman is killed and her baby is almost murdered. It might surprise you that the story (by Victor Hugo, who wrote Les Miserables, hint hint) is darker.
Frollo, for a start, stabs Phoebus in the back. Phoebus blames Esmeralda. Esmeralda is sentenced to execution, only to be saved at the last minute by...
No one. She just dies.
And Quasimodo stays by her body and dies too, of starvation.
This was the biggest shock for me and that is why it is last I suppose. Basically Sleeping Beauty is about a beautiful young woman who meets a prince, pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep, only to be awoken by her handsome Prince, with a tame kiss.
Notice I said the word "tame."
Basically the beautiful young woman (Tahlia as she is known) pricks her finger and falls asleep. A King passes by and rapes her. I was REALLY angry about that when I found out. That is one of the most disgusting and despicable things anybody can do. For God's sake. Oh, and by the way, she's still asleep, and while she's still asleep, she gives birth to the King's twins. Looking for milk, one of the babies suck the enchanted spindle from her finger, allowing her to wake up. Shortly, the King comes back, eager to have his way again (the monster) and Tahlia's fine with it. (Why?). The King goes back to his kingdom and the Queen finds out about Tahlia and her kids. She tries to have the babies cooked and eaten by the King, and Tahlia burnt alive, but the King saves the day and the Queen is burnt alive instead.
And they all live happily ever after after the rape, giving birth and attempted slaughter.
Hope you enjoyed. I'm guessing most of you knew some or all of these. Doesn't matter. Sorry if it ruined the happy endings. Gotta face the truth sometimes though.
Merci et au revoir!