Cinderella contained blood and mutilation.

Cinderella contained blood and mutilation.

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In Disney’s version:
A princess who was mistreated by her stepmother goes to a ball and meets a prince, but has to escape before midnight and loses a slipper in her haste. Then the prince takes the slipper and has young ladies in the realm try it on to see if it fits. He finds Cinderella who it fits perfectly, and they live happily ever after.

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In the original story:
In the Charles Perrault version, when the prince arrives at Cinderella’s house, the stepmother orders her two daughters to cut off their toes and put on their slippers.
Her plan does not work and Cinderella gets the prince and a happy ending. To add insult to injury during the wedding some pigeons devour the eyes of her already mutilated stepsisters.

The Sleeping Beauty shouldn’t even be a story for kids.

The Sleeping Beauty shouldn't even be a story for kids.

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In Disney’s version:
In Disney’s version, a princess pricks her finger on a spinning wheel’s spindle and succumbs to eternal sleep. A brave prince rescues her with a kiss and they both live happily ever after.

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In the original story:
In the Giambattista Basile version, Aurora is not waken up with a sweet kiss, but with the birth of her twins. Oh, I forgot to mention that the prince doesn’t kiss her here — he gets her pregnant and then leaves, because he’s married. When Aurora and her children arrive in the palace, the prince’s wife tries to kill them, but the king stops her and allows Aurora to marry the man who raped her.

Bella had very envious sisters.

Bella had very envious sisters.

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In Disney’s version:
Belle was kidnapped by a beast (hence the name) and lives in a luxurious castle with talking utensils, until she discovers the monster’s inner beauty. In love, she kisses him and saves him from the spell that made him ugly, because physical beauty does matter.

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In the original story:
In the original story by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, Belle convinces the Beast to let her visit her sisters for a week. Upon seeing her covered in jewelry and hearing about the luxurious life she leads, the sisters convince Belle to stay longer, with the intention that her delay will drive the Beast mad and he will devour Belle.

Snow White should have been directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Snow White should have been directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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In Disney’s version:
Snow White’s only crime was that she was the fairest of all women in the realm, and for that reason she has to escape to the woods, where she ends up living with seven dwarfs. It is there that a wicked witch poisons her, the dwarfs attempt avenge her while the with falls to her death. While still asleep a prince comes out of nowhere, revives Snow White, and of course they live happily ever.

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In the original story:
In the original story by the Brothers Grimm, the witch doesn’t die under the rock. Her punishment for trying to kill Snow White is to dance in heated iron shoes until she faints and dies.

Little Mermaid is actually a heartbreaking tragedy.

Little Mermaid is actually a heartbreaking tragedy.

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In Disney’s version:
Ariel, the daughter of the king of the sea, exchanged her voice for some legs and went to Earth to use forks as combs and look for love. She falls in love with prince Eric, together they kill the evil witch she made the deal with and they live happily ever after.

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In the original story:
In the Hans Christian Andersen version the small print in the agreement was that Ariel’s legs would hurt all the time, as if she were walking on knives. Since pain and seduction don’t mix, in the end the prince marries another woman and Ariel throws herself into the ocean, where she turns into sea foam.

In real life, Mulan loses the war.

In real life, Mulan loses the war.

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In Disney’s version:
Mulan is a girl with a cricket and a dragon that pretends to be a man to fight in the Chinese army, against the huns. After showing her valour, Mulan wins the war and goes back home to play with her crickets.

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In the original story:
In Hua Mulan’s poem, China loses the war. The Khan from the enemy let Mulan live with the condition that she lived with him, so Mulan escaped. When she arrived home, she discovered that her father is dead and her mother remarried. Then she says: ” I’m a woman, I survived the war and I have done enough. Now I want to be with my father.” And she kills herself.

Originally, Rapunzel married a blind prince.

Originally, Rapunzel married a blind prince.

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In Disney’s version:
Rapunzel was a beautiful princess with long blond hair that lives trapped in a tower. One day she meets a bandit and together they have plenty of adventures that are not featured in the original story.

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In the original story:
This is maybe the happiest Grimm Borther’s story in the list. Rapunzel’s parents were farmers who got her after exchanging a bit of rapunzel plant (rampion) for a salad with a witch. One day, a prince walking by the tower heard her sing, so he went up the tower. That same night Rapunzel decided to marry him.
When the prince went back for her, he climbed up her golden hair but found the witch in the tower. She threw him out the window and the prince fell one some spines that entered through his eyes.
He spent months roaming the prairies and woods of the realm, blind, until he heard Rapunzel’s voice from afar. When he found her, she had two children, but her magic tears gave him back his sight.
Rapunzel and the prince got married and lived happily ever after.

Pocahontas had very little interaction with John Smith.

Pocahontas had very little interaction with John Smith.

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In Disney’s version:
Pocahontas was a woman who talked with the trees and her best friend was a raccoon. One day she fell in love with an Englishman and almost started a war between the two peoples.

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In the original story:
In real life Matoaka, better known as Pocahontas, was the daughter of chief Powhatan, in the territory now knowns as Virginia. The natives kidnapped John Smith to exchange him for hostages and she saved his life. That was the only relationship they had.
She was eventually kidnapped and held for ransom by settlers. At the age of 17 she married and Englishman and died at age 22 of unknown causes.

Hercules was a savage, a killer, rapist and genocida who died poisoned by his own mother.

Hercules was a savage, a killer, rapist and genocida who died poisoned by his own mother.

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In Disney’s version:
Hercules is the young son of Zeus and saves Megara from the clutches of Hades to become a true hero and arrive in Mount Olympus.

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In the original story:
Heracles was a savage and a single post is not enough to explain the extent of his crimes, but let’s talk about Megara.
Megara was the daughter of the king of Tebas and Heracles took her in marriage almost by force. They had two children and lived happily ever after, until Hera, Zeus’s wife, drove Heracles mad and he killed Megara and their children.
Tormented by guilt, Hercules still completed the same 12 tasks as the film, but with extreme violence and disregard for life.

The hunchback of Notre Dame died of hunger in a cemetery.

The hunchback of Notre Dame died of hunger in a cemetery.

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In Disney’s version:
Quasimodo was a deformed young man who falls in love with a gypsy and saves her from being executed by the church.

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In the original story:
In Victor Hugo’s novel, Quasimodo fails to save Esmeralda (in fact, he unwittingly surrenders her to the authorities) and watches how she’s hanged.
Then Quasimodo goes to her grave, where he stayed until he starved. Years later, when her grave was opened, someone found both their skeletons, but, when they tried to separate them, they turned to dust.

Pinocchio never became a real boy.

Pinocchio never became a real boy.

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In Disney’s version:
Pinocchio is the son of an old carpenter who always wanted a son, so he made one out of wood. On his way to school Pinocchio put his father’s life in danger and in the end he became a real boy.

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In the original story:
In the original story by Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio is an asshole. Since birth he behaved badly, he stole things and even his father said he was a “wretched lad.” One day, as a consequence of his actions, a cat and a fox hung him from a willow tree and watched him die while he swung in the wind.

Mowgli commits genocide.

Mowgli commits genocide.

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In Disney’s version:
Mowgli is a boy who has been abandoned in the jungle by his parents where a bear and a panther teach him to sing songs and to forage for himself.

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In the original story:
In Rudyard Kipling’s book after killing the murderous tiger Shere Khan, Mowgli discovered that his biological parents had been captured by a village of farmers. With the help of the wolves and the elephants, Mowgli destroyed the village and killed all its inhabitants. Later he had to escape because the inhabitants believed him to be an evil spirit.
Finally, Mowgli found peace in a village governed run by the English.

RIP to your childhood.

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