Remember, when you were little and your parents read you sweet bed times stories about beautiful princesses with happy endings and handsome princes. You probably went to sleep smiling and dreaming of one day finding your handsome prince.
But what you probably didn’t know, was that those were not the real versions of the stories. In fact, the real versions are much more cruel and darker.
As you know, in Cinderella you have a beautiful girl who is used and abused by her evil stepmother and step sisters. At the end she marries her handsome prince after her glass slipper fits her foot perfectly and no one elses.
But in the Grimm Brothers’ version, the step sisters mutilate their feet. One of them cuts her toes off, while the other cuts off part of her heel to fit in the golden slipper.
Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, at Cinderella’s wedding, her bird friends come down and peck the step sister’s eyes out.
Disney never mentioned that.
The Grimm brothers also wrote the story of Snow White. The story is not too different, however once again, the villain meets a much crueller death that in the movie.
Snow White and her prince invite the Evil Queen to their wedding in what seems like a friendly gesture. Then when she arrives, they give her hot iron shoes and forces her to dance to her death in front of all of the wedding guests and Snow White herself.
Hans Christian Andersen, also the writer of “Frozen,” wrote The Little Mermaid. Out of all of the original stories, I think this may be the most depressing one. In Disney’s version, Ariel and Prince Eric get married after Ariel’s father makes her a human. It’s not that simple in the original.
The part about Ursula taking her voice for her feet was true. But the catch was every time Ariel took a step it felt like she was being stabbed and she was in severe pain the entire time.
But it also took more of a religious path when it mentions one of the reasons Ariel wanted to be a mermaid so bad was because mermaids didn’t have a soul. And kissing Prince Eric would cause him to give her his soul so she could have an afterlife.
But in the end, Prince Eric fell in love with someone else and Ariel committed suicide on the day of his wedding by throwing herself back into the ocean.
I guess he tried to make up for the awful ending by adding that Ariel was now a “daughter of the air” and might one day have the chance to get a soul if she did enough good things.
Romeo and Juliet had nothing on that story.
Ok, in my opinion, Giambattista Basile’s mind must have been very warped to come up with the story being Sleeping Beauty. In the original version, the prince defeats the dragon guarding Sleeping Beauty, wakes her up with a kiss and they dance while her dress changes colors.
That’s so not what happened in the original story.
First difference was that the prince was really a king.
Next, he didn’t just kiss the sleeping maiden; he raped her.
Yes, you read that right.
So then Sleeping Beauty woke up a few months later to greet her new twins, Sun and Moon, that she had no recollection of making. Oops.
But instead of running for the kills, what does Sleeping Beauty do? Marry the king. But not before his current wife tried to make the king eat his own babies.
So as her punishment, the king threw her into a fire and married Sleeping Beauty.
So we all know the story of the puppet that wants to be a real boy. Pinocchio ends up saving Geppetto from a whale and is rewarded with getting his wish to be real and Jimmy gets his certificate to be a certified conscience.
The real story isn’t so heartwarming.
For one, Pinocchio was a bad person. In Carlo Collodi’s story, Pinocchio murders Jimmy in the beginning of the story and Gepetto goes to jail for negligence. Once Gepetto is released he sells his only jacket to put Pinocchio through school and him his class book; which Pinocchio turns around and sells it for tickets the theater.
As time goes on Pinocchio gets worse and worse until Fox and Cat end up hanging him from a tree and suffocating him.
So as you can see, Disney obviously made a few minor changes to the stories and made them a little less… horrific?
But to be honest, I actually think it would be pretty cool to read the original stories. I might possibly have nightmares and be scarred for life, but you know, it might be worth it.
Let us know what you think of the original versions in the comments. Have a nice day!