Messed Up Disney Origin Stories You Need To Know About

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Shared May 21, 2019

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Today, Disney’s animated movies are beloved by young and old alike. Many of them didn’t start out that way, though. The original stories Disney’s movies are based on are anything but family friendly. In this video, we’re taking a look at Disney movies whose stories were adapted from far darker material.

We’re covering everything from the original Grimm fairy tale that inspired the very first Disney full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to the Hans Christian Andersen story that became the blockbuster, The Little Mermaid. In between we’re looking at other princess movies like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled, and Beauty and the Beast. We’ll also delve into the true story of the historical figure Pocahontas, what really happens in the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Carlo Collodi’s original conception of the puppet Pinocchio.

These stories have more than a few troubling elements that didn’t make it onto the big screen. After learning about them, you’ll be amazed at how they evolved in Disney’s hands.