Thanks to Disney movies, most of us have grown up to believe that all fairy tales have happy endings. But that’s not quite true. Fairy tales classics are not as happy-go-lucky as we think! All of your beloved children stories have a darker origin. Read on and get ready to be shocked!
1. Cinderella – The stepsisters cut off their toes to fit the slippers!
In the regular versions, Cinderella either forgives her stepmother and stepsisters or subjects them to the same treatment that she was given at their hands.
However, the original Grimm’s fairy tale consisted of a much darker fate for Cinderella’s step-sisters who cut off their toes and heels to fit into Cinderella’s tiny slippers. That’s not all. When they attended Cinderella’s wedding to curry favors from her, their eyes were pecked out by birds!
2. Little Mermaid – The prince does NOT marry Ariel and she commits suicide!
Although the scene of Ursula getting impaled by a ship’s bowsprit in the Disney movie was pretty awful, the original story by Hans Christian Andersen is a lot more disturbing. In the Disney version, if the Little Mermaid does not marry the prince, she turns back into a mermaid and belongs to Ursula. In the original version, the Little Mermaid dies if she does not marry the prince and since she has no soul, she’s gone forever.
In the end, the prince does not marry her after all. She has to either kill him or turn into sea foam. She couldn’t bring herself to kill the prince so she ends her own life. Talk about tough luck!
3. Red Riding Hood – Our protagonist gets eaten by the wolf!
The Red Riding Hood seems a pretty scary story when you are little. What most kids don’t know is that the original version of Red Riding Hood was a whole lot scarier.
In Charles Perrault version, no woodcutter came to the rescue of Little Red Riding Hood and she was eaten by the wolf!
4. Rapunzel – The evil fairy cuts off Rapunzel’s luscious hair and throws the prince off the tower.
Mademoiselle de la Force’s Persinette was a far cry from Tangled’s Rapunzel. In the original version, the evil fairy cuts off Persinettes long hair in a fit of rage, banish her from the tower and when the prince comes to visit her, throws him off the tower into a thorny bush and blinds him. In other versions, the prince dies!
5. Snow White – The evil queen is forced to dance at Snow White’s wedding wearing red-hot iron shoes until she drops dead.
In the original version of Snow White, the evil queens attempts to murder Snow White not once but three times, the last time with a poisoned apple just like in the Disney movie!
Plus, the evil queen did not die by falling off a cliff. She was forced to dance at Snow White’s and the prince’s wedding wearing red-hot iron shoes until she dropped dead! That’s a much brutal end than the one shown by Disney!
6. Pinocchio – He is a murderer!
Although Pinocchio was quite a handful in the Disney movie, he was even more of a nuisance in the book. He kills a talking cricket just because it warns him of the dangers of disobedience and self-indulgence and gets robbed and almost hanged by a fox and a cat! He does, however, ultimately get a happy ending and becomes a real boy. So all’s well that ends well!
Even though many of our beloved bedtime stories and Disney fairy tales have much darker origins, they will always remain a much loved pastime for kids and will continue to act as cautionary guides for children!