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10 - The Little Mermaid
Disney classic The Little Mermaid is based on the fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian
But in Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale, the little mermaid doesn’t just have to give up her
voice for human legs; she has to have her tongue completely cut out. Also being out
of the water causes her excruciating pain.
In Andersen’s story, the handsome prince doesn’t marry her, and the heartbroken ex-mermaid
dissolves into a luminous spirit as a result of the spell she's under. In the book Ariel
then has to earn back her soul by doing good deeds for 300 years. So not exactly happily
ever after.
9 - Hercules
Greek classics are usually full of gruesome depictions and Hercules is no exception. The
legend of Heracles, as he was known in Greece, dates back to the Hellenistic period, 300
years BC. In one version of the legend, the muscle bound son of Zeus is made so demented
by his stepmother Hera that he murders his own children. He also has his skin ripped
off and is lit on fire; as he burns, he ascends to Olympus. Disney decided to overlook this
gruesome demise and had their cartoon Hercules choose to stay on Earth with his love interest
Meg rather than join the gods.
8 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written by Victor Hugo, the same author who wrote Les
Misérables. It's therefore unsurprising that Disney felt the need to alter the story somewhat
to make it feel a bit more... well, Disney. In Hugo’s classic, Esmeralda is framed for
attempted murder, tortured, and sentenced to death. Quasimodo manages to rescue her
but is then betrayed by his adoptive father Frollo, and Esmeralda is hanged. The grief
stricken Quasimodo murders Frollo and stays with the lifeless body of his love until he
dies of starvation.
7 - Snow White
Disney’s Snow White does stay quite true to the Brothers Grimm 1812 fairy tale. An
evil queen, poisoned apple, and glass coffin all make for a pretty dark children’s story.
But the Disney executives obviously felt that children in 1937 weren’t quite ready for
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s original ending. In the Grimm version, the evil queen pays
for her wicked ways and is forced to wear a pair of searing hot iron shoes and dance
until she drops dead.
6 - The Fox and the Hound
This lovable story of the unlikely friendship between a dog named Copper and a fox named
Tod has a much more sinister ending in Daniel P. Mannix’s 1967 novel. In the Disney adaptation,
Copper defies his upbringing and puts his own life at risk to defend his friend. In
the book, Copper hunts Tod until the bewildered fox drops dead from exhaustion. And as if
that’s not sad enough, Copper’s owner then shoots his faithful hound dead. Ruff!
5 - The Lion King
Disney filmmakers have said that their movie The Lion King is based on the works of Shakespeare
and fables from the Bible. Predominantly the film takes its influence from Shakespeare’s
ominously titled ‘The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’.
In the play, Hamlet suspects that his uncle is responsible for killing his father - the
king - in order to rule the kingdom himself. Both Simba and Hamlet are visited by the ghosts
of their dead fathers, but rather than take strength and guidance from his ghost, Hamlet
arguably descends into madness. The play ends in a bloodbath that sees Hamlet, his love
Ophelia, her father, and Hamlet’s mother and uncle all die. Which would have made the
Disney movie more circle of death, than circle of life.
4 - Tarzan
Disney’s movie Tarzan was influenced by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1914 novel ‘Tarzan
and the Apes’. Except for one or two pretty crucial details.
In the novel, Tarzan confesses his love for Jane, who feels the same way, but she is already
engaged to Clayton.
As the novel progresses, Tarzan also discovers that he is Clayton’s cousin and the rightful
heir to his sizable estate. In the end, rather than fight for the heart of his true love,
Tarzan stays quiet and renounces his own heritage for the sake of Jane’s perceived happiness.
3 - Pocahontas
This Disney classic has been criticized for presenting a romanticized tale of 17th century
American colonialism. The real Pocahontas was a child when she met the explorer John
Smith, her love interest in the Disney film.
The story of Pocahontas saving Smith's life from native captives is thought to be a myth.
In reality Pocahontas was kidnapped, raped, forced to convert to Christianity, and married
off to an Englishman.
She was then brought to Britain and paraded around as a symbol of the ‘tamed savage’.
On her return to America she became violently ill and died aged 22.
2 - Mulan
The Ballad of Mulan dates back to the 6th century and is thought to be based on a historical
female warrior who lived between 386 and 534CE. In the Disney story Mulan becomes an honored
warrior and returns home to her proud family. However, in the 1675 Sui Tang Romance telling
of the story, Mulan returns from battle to find that her father has died and her mother
re-married. Even worse the local ruler summons her to become his sex slave. Rather than suffer
this fate, she commits suicide.
1 - The Jungle Book
Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 short story, the Jungle Book film ends with the
abandoned orphan Mowgli returning to society. However, in Kipling’s version Mowgli is
not welcomed back to civilization. Instead he is banished back to the jungle and the
one family that showed him kindness gets tortured. The scorned Mowgli then enlists the help of
a bloodthirsty elephant and pack of wolves to help him destroy the entire village in


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