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10 Classic Disney Tales With Dark Origins

It seems like for many of us, growing up was all about Disney. Even though we all know there are many things seriously wrong with Disney fairy tales, lets admit it, we all enjoy watching good triumphi

It seems like for many of us, growing up was all about Disney. Even though we all know there are many things seriously wrong with Disney fairy tales, lets admit it, we all enjoy watching good triumphing over evil, the Prince marrying the Princess and of course, talking animals. Even though Disney is all about the happily ever after, most Disney tales didn't start out that way. In fact, the origins of most Disney Tales depict horrors such as rape, murder, cannibalism and other very un-disney happenings. So here are a list of ten movies that have been Disneyfied for our viewing pleasure, but please proceed with caution. These dark tales are worlds away from the happy endings that we have come to know and love, and knowing the dark history of your beloved tales might just ruin your childhood.

10 Aladdin

We know Aladdin as the tale of a poor street merchant who wins the heart of a beautiful Princess. In the third installment of Aladdin (it went straight to DVD so don't feel too left out if you didn't see it) Aladdin and Jasmine are finally getting hitched when we are introduced to the character Cassim, Aladdin's long lost father. In the movie, Cassim, who is the leader of the Gang of Forty Thieves attempts to give up his usual, wicked ways to attend the wedding.

9 Cinderella

The Disney version of Cinderella tells the story of a young girl who is mistreated by her wicked step-mother but eventually gets her revenge when she marries the handsome Prince. The original fairy tale involved the cutting off of toes, heels and the pecking out of eyes.

8 Sleeping Beauty

In the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, the fair Princess doesn't actually do much besides sleep. But she does have a handsome prince who fights a dragon to save her, so she's got that going for her. In the original tale, the Sleeping Beauty's main man is much less noble.

7 The Little Mermaid

The Disney version of The Little Mermaid is a sweet tale about a young mermaid who risks everything to be with her one true love, Prince Eric. In Disney fashion, despite the obstacles that Ariel and Prince Eric face, the two end up living happily ever after.

6 Snow White

The Disney version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a tale about a young princess who manages to escape the evil Queen. On her journey, she befriends seven dwarfs and finds her one true love. The Brother's Grimm version of the story follows the same premise but in a much darker way.

5 Hercules

4 The Fox and the Hound

3 Pocahontas

The Disney version of Pocahontas tells the story of a Native Indian who meets John Smith, falls in love and lives happily ever after. The real story of Pocahontas is not so happy.

2 Tangled

The Disney version of Rapunzel tells the story of a wide-eyed, innocent girl who discovers a whole new world. She never knew this world existed and of course, she finds her one true love. Even though the Brothers Grimm version of Rapunzel has a happy ending, some twisted things happen before you can get to the happily ever after.

1 The Lion King

The Lion King is loosely based on Shakespeare's play, Hamlet. But instead of just the father and the evil uncle dying, like in The Lion King, everyone dies in Hamlet.

In Shakespeare's play, Prince Hamlet is the protagonist. At the beginning of the play, he learns that his uncle has killed his father in order to seize the throne, and that he must take revenge. Hamlet spends a long time contemplating how he will take revenge and ends up behaving more and more erratically. Hamlet's uncle fears for his own death and makes his own plans to kill Hamlet. He tries to convince Hamlet that he is to blame for his father's death. In the midst of all this, a fencing match is being prepared between Hamlet and Laertes. Little does Hamlet know, Laertes' blade has been poisoned by his uncle to ensure Hamlet's death. Laertes ends up wounding Hamlet but he does not die of the poison right away. Laertes is cut by his own blade and dies. Hamlet then stabs his uncle and forces him to drink poisoned wine, which kills him. Eventually, the entire royal family ends up dead.

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