Top 10 Dark Origins of Disney Fairy Tales Films

It’s the dream of every little girl to lead a life like Disney princesses. Young kids grow up with pleasant fairy tales and start believing in the existence of happily-ever-after Utopian world. Disney has always been steady for years, telling every child stories based on loosely fairy tales. The real variants of fairy tales are a bit different from Disney films.

1. Snow White & the Seven Dwarves

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

The original tale of the beloved Snow White, the Disney princess, has not been changed from original Brothers Grimm tale. The Evil Queen craves for everything of the Princess to be served for her dinner. The Queen, with hot iron shoes, is forced to death in the end. In ascending order of shock, last fact is that she is not awake with a kiss but with jostling of the horse of prince who carries the princess to the castle. The dead girl is apparently taken home by the prince.

2. Frozen


The Snow Queen from Hans Christian Anderson in the original story had the power of ice. It’s nothing like Elsa of Frozen. The queen abducts a small boy and he is enslaved with the power. She promises to free him only when he solves the puzzle and spell “Eternity”. With innocent heart full of purity and love, the little girl comes and rescues the boy with her true love. Her tears melt the evil mirror’s splinters in his heart and his tears dislodged the pieces in eyes. Instead of being a tale of sibling love, it’s a romantic tale in which the queen is evil.

3. Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

The movie truly resembles the Briar Rose of Grimm Brother, the Charles Perrault’s version of Disney is credited where the part ogre of the prince desires her children and Sleeping Beauty, served and cooked as dinner and falls in the pit with harmful creatures which is built to avenge for being served with animal meat instead of her favorite meals. In earlier version of Sun, Moon and Talia of Giambattista Basile, Sleeping Beauty wakes up when they removed the flax on the finger which is being sucked by her twin whom she births after her rape on her cursed sleep for 100 years.

4. Cinderella


The origin of Cinderella is in several similar stories, such as the tale of Giambattista’s Cenerentola and Rhodopis, and Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon and other folklores with a lot of variations about the presence of magic or Godmother, or shoe material. The Aschenputtel of Brothers Grimm is served by the doves which are sent by her mom all the way from heaven. Step sisters cut their heels or toes off to fit into their shoes. Their eyes are pecked out in the end. In a tale, her first step mother is killed by Cinderella. On the other side, some say that she escapes her incestuous dad and meets prince in another land.

5. Tangled


The origin of Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled has been lied down for children over the ages. The captive of witch, Rapunzel of Brothers Grimm held in tall tower, goes pregnant after she calls prince to her tower. When she remarks that her clothes are tight over her belly, the furious witch chops her hair off and sends her to the farther areas where she insists her to feed the children while the prince is thrown from the tower with cut-off locks and blinded by prickly bushes. After wandering here and there, living off leaves and grass, and he finds his family finally.

6. Beauty & the Beast

Beauty & the Beast

Beauty & the Beat is inspired from the tale directly written by Leprince de Beaumont of Jeanne-Marie, which is archetypical and simplified variant of the story by Barbot de Villeneuve of Gabrielle Suzanne where prince became the beast through an evil fairy who is failed to seduce him.  Like with a lot of fairy tales, it has several variants. Some believe that she is pure so beast cannot take her off and forces her to get the hands chopped off. He threatened her to kidnap her father. In several extreme versions, she cuts her hands off to become less attractive to her father or brother.

7. The Princess & the Frog

The Princess & the Frog

It is a well-known Disney movie which is based on The Frog Prince of Brothers Grimm. Frankly speaking, the story line of the tale justifies with the modern variants. When the new variants of original tale all match up with the kind-hearted princess who kisses the frog, according to the original tale, the frog disgusted the princess as he tricks her to make a deal. She throws the frog prince off the wall and breaks out his spell when earlier versions suggest that frog is trying to spend night on the pillow of princess.  In a violent version, she cuts off the head of frog.

8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the famous Disney film has been originated in the story of Victor Hugo. Even in the film, Quasimodo, the hunchback doesn’t get his happy love, Esmerelda, who settles with Guard Phoebus captain, as she doesn’t like Quasimodo, but he is accepted by defeating Frollo, despite his deformities. In the tale of Hugo, Esmeralda is framed by Frollo to attack Phoebus and she is sentenced to death. It was an act out of jealousy and contempt. Quasimodo mourns off her grave and he is starved to death.

9. The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

By Hans Christian Anderson, the original tale of Little Mermaid ends up with prince who is going to marry another princess, while the Mermaid who is heartbroken, and silently bears the agony to walk on swords for the prince. He considers his murder and commits suicide on the ocean just to become foam of the sea. A slightly less grim and recent version tells how she turns the daughter of the air and waited for around 300 years to reach heaven. In none of these versions, she didn’t marry the prince as her fate consists of death on it as a human.

10. Red Riding Hood

The story line of Brothers Grimm’s Red Riding Hood has been addressed by Disney using several shorts. The tale by Charles Perrault has wolf that is eating the young woman and grandmother, without any lumberjack, who is added by Grimm Brothers to save them.  In older variants, you will get to know how the ogre, the werewolf, pretends to become old lady and manipulates Red Riding Hood to cannibalize her granny and asks to burn her clothes. The modern French idiom “she saw the wolf” means the girl lost her virginity.