As a child, we grew up with the classic Disney Fairytales and the notion that they all lived happily ever after. As the years went by, we have heard stories about how none of them were ever rescued by Prince Charming, and how they didn’t live happily ever after because some of them, didn’t get to live at all. Today, we have compiled the Classic Disney Fairytales – what they made us believe as children, and how grim it actually is.
Some of the fairytales we knew were written and compiled by the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm, back in the early 1800s. These fairytales were originally gruesome and haunting because these were meant for the entertainment of adults. Let this come as a fair warning that if you haven’t heard of them yet, these stories will change the way you viewed these classic Disney Fairytales. Are you ready?
Disney’s Version: Cinderella lived with her step mother and step sisters and she was forced to work as their housemaid. One day, there was a ball and by the magic of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella was able to attend it. She had a pumpkin carriage, ball gown, and slippers made of glass. All of these came with a condition – she must go home before the clock strikes at 12 midnight because by then, the power of the fairy would’ve been lost and she would be back to her old, normal self. She met the prince, ran off before the clock struck 12, and left behind a glass slipper in her haste. The prince found her, they got married, and lived happily ever after.
Grimm Brothers’ Version: When the prince was looking for who owns the glass slippers left behind, Cinderella’s stepsisters stepped into the picture. In order for the glass slipper to fit them, one step-sister cut off her toe, and the other cut a part of her heel. That wasn’t all. In order to avenge Cinderella for being maltreated, the doves pecked the sisters’ eyes until they were blinded. They lived the rest of their lives as beggars.
Disney’s Version: Snow White was hailed as the fairest of them all and because of this, the evil queen wanted her gone. The evil queen pretended to be an old lady and gave Snow White a poisoned apple. Snow White was poisoned and the only thing that can break the spell is a kiss from her true love. While she is unconscious, she was taken care of by seven dwarves. The prince eventually finds her, kisses her, and they lived happily ever after.
Grimm Brothers’ Version: The evil queen is actually Snow White’s mother, and she wanted Snow White’s heart, liver, and lungs so she can “cook them with salt” and eat them. Snow White was poisoned by the apple and the Prince and the seven dwarves carried her body back so they can “enjoy” her later. As fate had it, while on their way back, there was a bump in the road which caused Snow White to hit her head. She woke up, got married, and had her happily ever after but not before taking her revenge on the evil queen. She put iron boots into the fire until it glowed, made the evil queen wear it which burned her severely, and made her dance until she dropped dead.
Disney Version: Rapunzel was captured by the evil witch and was locked away in a tower with no doors. The only things that served as the entry point to the castle was her long hair, which she used to dangle down the window whenever the witch needed to go in and out of the tower. In the end, Rapunzel was rescued by Prince Charming and they lived happily ever after.
Grimm Brothers’ Version: The prince was able to devise a way to meet with Rapunzel often and got her pregnant. When the witch found out about this, she cut off Rapunzel’s hair and threw her and her baby into the wilderness. The prince, not knowing about this, went back to the tower to visit Rapunzel again. The witch took out the locks of hair she cut from Rapunzel and as the prince was climbing the window of the tower, the witch pushed him off and he landed on plant thorns which didn’t kill him but caused him to be blind. In the end, he and Rapunzel still managed to find each other and lived happily ever after.
The Little Mermaid
Disney’s Version: The Little Mermaid fell in love with a prince and wanted to be human so she went to the sea witch asking what she could do. The witch told her that she can have legs in exchange for a tail, but in return, she has to give up her voice and shall never be able to speak again. The Little Mermaid agreed, won the heart of the prince, and lived happily ever after.
Grimm Brothers’ Version: The Little Mermaid has agreed to exchange her tails for feet under the following conditions: she has to give up her voice, and she has to make the prince fall in love with her, or else, she will die and become a “seafoam”. She agreed, but unfortunately, she wasn’t able to make the prince fall in love with her. The prince married someone else but before she dies, her sisters went to her with a dagger and told her that if she kills the prince and lets his blood drip on her feet, she will not die but become a mermaid once again. Ariel loved the prince so much that she couldn’t do it so she stabbed herself instead. (written by Hans Christian Andersen and compiled by the Grimm Brothers)
Do you know any more stories from the Grimm Brothers? How about some Disney Fairytales with interesting origins? Share them with us in the comments section below!