Disney movies are usually based on classic fairytales, but like so many other movie studios, they often take their own artistic license with the stories. Most of the classic Disney movies you grew up watching aren’t new tales at all – they’re actually very old fairytales that have been retold for hundreds of years. In many cases the original stories are much gorier, sadder, and stranger than the Disney versions. Today’s children can’t really handle the idea of people’s eyes getting pecked out by birds (see: Brothers Grimm’s Cinderella), so it makes sense that the surprising original endings would be changed to something more family-friendly and happy.
That’s the thing though – real life never goes like it does in Disney movies. Rarely do you meet the person of your dreams and just live “happily ever after.” Disney, unlike these originally storytellers, is setting us up to be disappointed in our lives. (Just saying.) If you’re a girl who was raised to love Disney movies, you’re going to have a rough time adjusting to the reality of dating. But maybe the REAL stories will help. Prepare to be shocked by the original endings to your favorite Disney movies:
Sleeping BeautyWhile there are many variations of the Sleeping Beauty story, the first was an Italian tale called "Sun, Moon, and Talia." Written in 1634 by Giambattista Basile, in this version Sleeping Beauty is raped by a passing king. Yikes. She gives birth to twins while she is still asleep. It's the birthing process that wakes her up, not a kiss from a handsome prince like in the Disney version. (I'd choose the latter, personally.) The King's wife gets super jealous and tries to have Talia and her children killed, but ends up getting thrown into the fire instead. Then Talia lives happily ever after with her rapist, the King?
The Little MermaidThis classic Disney movie is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" but has a much happier ending. In the original story, Ariel's steps as a human were so painful to her that it felt like sharp swords. Still, she endured the pain to dance with the prince! When he falls for another woman, she doesn't win him back like in the movie. Instead, she is told she has to kill him and let his blood turn her back into a mermaid. She can't do the deed, so she dies and dissolves into foam..
CinderellaCinderella is originally a story by Brothers Grimm. In that version, the stepsisters tried so hard to fit into Cinderella's shoe that they cut off parts of their feet. The blood gave them away (obviously). At the end, birds pecked out the stepsisters' eyes as a way to punish them for their wickedness.
The Princess And The FrogIn the original story called "The Frog King" by Brothers Grimm, the frog isn't turned into a handsome prince from a kiss. Instead, the frog is transformed when he is thrown at the wall by the King's daughter because he keeps insisting in sleeping in bed with her. The older version is a little less romantic, don't you think?
TangledThe original story of Rapunzel was written in 1812 by Brothers Grimm. In that version, the prince gets Rapunzel pregnant while she is still living in the tower. The queen is angered and tries to trick the Prince, and he ends up jumping from the tower. Unfortunately for him, he lands on a bunch of thorns and becomes blind. Ouch. The prince eventually finds Rapunzel living in the wilderness with her children, and her tears heal his blind eyes.
Snow WhiteIn the original Brothers Grimm story "Little Snow White," the evil queen was actually Snow White's stepmother. She asked the huntsman to bring her Snow White's "lungs and liver" as proof that she was dead. WEIRDLY SPECIFIC. The evil queen is forced to wear super hot iron shoes at the end of the story and dance until she dies.
Beauty And The BeastThe original story was called "Little Broomstick" and was written by Ludwig Beckstein. In it, the Beast was actually the woman's sleeping companion. Her two jealous step-sisters drown her in a bathtub and were later turned into stone columns.
Which one of these endings were you the most surprised by? Let me know in the comments below!