We are all inspired and drawn towards princes fighting evil and saving the princess or even the idea of living happily ever after. But there are some gruesome details which Disney chose to leave out.
The Brothers Grimm gives totally different versions of the popular fairy tales which are both horrific and cruel. Below is a list of the 8 most disturbing real stories behind our popular Disney movies.
Read on only if you want to ruin the way we perceive our ever popular and enchanting fairy tales.
Cinderella does not have a Fairy Godmother. Rather, she gets her dress by praying under a tree which she had planted on her mother’s grave.
According to the Brothers Grimm version, Cinderella’s step sisters had to cut their toes and heels to fit into the glass slipper, which got discovered when blood was spotted on the slippers. They later at Cinderella’s wedding had their eyes pecked out by birds.
Now was this truly deserved?
2. THE LITTLE MERMAID:
The Mermaid gets her tongue cut out in exchange for legs. The penalty as shown in the movie for failure to get the true loves kiss is that she will turn into a mermaid again but according to the Brothers Grimm version the penalty is death.
When she refuses to kill the prince she throws herself into the sea and turns into sea foam.
Now does that seem like a happy ending?
3. THE FOX AND THE HOUND:
Todd (the fox from the story) has his first mate and his children killed by the dog owner. The owner doesn’t stop there. He goes on and kills Todd’s second mate and their children too. Todd finally dies from being chased so much.
Cooper (the dog from the story) gets shot because he was too old. Unlike the movie where a baby fox and a pup become friends for life.
It has animal slaughter and cruelty and revenge.
4. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST:
According to the Brothers Grimm version, Belle has two wicked step sisters who makes Belle stay longer (the beast had allowed Belle to travel home only to return in a week) so that the beast gets infuriated with her and eats her alive!
We know Pinocchio was mischievous but he was far more than that according to the original book. He ran from home and got his father imprisoned for child abuse.
Pinocchio goes on and kills the wise cricket.
He even sells off his school books for a ticket to a theatre.
Now how is that for child morality?
6. SLEEPING BEAUTY:
According to the book, the prince finding Sleeping beauty in a trance goes on and rapes her. She later gives birth to twins who suck the spindle out and Sleeping Beauty wakes up. The prince and sleeping beauty falls in love (although he had raped her!). But too bad the prince already had a wife who tried every way to kill them all (think poisoning and trying to set them on fire).
7. THE LION KING:
The story is adapted from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A jealous brother kills the king and later the son takes revenge. But according to the book every one dies except the jealous brother.
8. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS:
According to the Brothers Grimm version the huntsman brings back a boar’s heart and liver to the evil queen instead of Snow White. The queen eats the boar’s heart and liver happily!
Later the prince finding snow white asleep wants to carry her away. While being carried away the box containing snow white trips and falls and the poisoned apple comes out from her throat and she wakes up.
Later the evil queen is caught and asked to walk in burning red hot iron shoes until she falls dead.
Quite an eye opener, aren’t they? We will forever treasure the wonderful relation we have with these fairy tales life long and pass them on….