Disney shows and movies make many people feel connected to the company in a wonderful way. It is likely that you have made your child, nephew, niece, or grandchild watch a Disney film you grew up seeing. Whether it's Snow White, Cinderella, or Aladdin, we always come back. Even the Marvel films are made keep fans coming back, even comic geeks like us.
Now Disney seems to own everything, which makes them the most dominant entertainment company in modern history. They own more than you could possibly imagine, especially after the recent FOX deal. The company was built on a lot of interesting material, some of which was pretty bad, and it cannot be ignored. Meanwhile, some less-than-stellar things about these original stories have been covered up by the company.
There are things many of us ignored when we were kids that today would be pretty terrible to see and impossible to ignore. A lot of things are still overlooked by many of us to this day. While Disney is a very good, family-oriented corporation today that prides itself on that type of content, they aren't above making mistakes. We all know that Disney has made many mistakes, the question is, can you spot them?
This list will expose the dark truths about some of your favorite movies and possibly even ruin some of the characters you have loved for years. We're sorry in advance, but we feel like you need to know.
15 Snow White's Voice Actress Does Not Get A Happy Ending
The voice actress for the movie was Adriana Caselotti, and she was 19 at the time. Walt wanted to be sure he held on to this voice, due to the special nature of the character, so he made her sign a contract that would not allow her to appear in a film or even perform on stage ever again, keeping this voice of hers always connected to Snow. She agreed but did manage to sneak into Wizard of Oz with her voice, though she was uncredited. She would say "wherefore art thou, Romeo?"
While the movies were 2 years apart, voice actors often are the first to do their part on a film like this. So it's likely she recorded this before finishing up Snow White or perhaps even signing her contract. It is sad that Walt never let this young woman live her passion ever again.
14 Queen Elsa Was Evil And Kidnapped A Little Boy
Elsa was based on someone who was pure evil and not the lovely big sister we saw from Disney. For some reason, she had an obsession with little boys. Don't think that's as weird as it gets, though. One day she takes a boy named Kay and kisses him to give him amnesia. She then takes him back to her palace in the North and makes him do math puzzles all night and day. Finally, Kay's sister finds him, but a much different and frost-bitten version of him near death. Disney changed the story completely. No Disney, we aren't going to "let it go," either!
13 Rapunzel Is A Sneaky Princess Whose Tears Can Cure Blindness
She lives in isolation for years until a Prince shows up and convinces her to let her hair down so he can climb up. When the witch finds out that Rapunzel has had a man over, she cuts off Rapunzel's hair and tricks the Prince with it. He finds out and jumps out of the castle to land in thorns and is blinded.
Rapunzel is sent off by the witch to the desert to, as the witch hopes, die. But she doesn't. She gives birth to the Prince's twins. Things turn out well in the end. Somehow the Prince comes across his long-lost love and Rapunzel's tears cure the Prince's eyesight, allowing him to see. Come on Disney, why could this not be the end of the story? Okay, your version was better. Fair.
12 The Things Hercules Does To His Loved Ones
Hercules killed his music tutor, just, ya know, cause. He would end up marrying Megara, or Meg, and have a family with her, but go insane and kill them all. This was spoken of in The Rock's Hercules movie, but they tried to pass it off as some sort of poison that did it. Disney wanted to hide this, but they also had to hide the numerous female lovers he had after... as well as the male ones. Gods cannot be held back by one gender, dang it! Hercules also had a thing for taking the lives of many for random reasons, but that's another story for another Disney movie, we think.
11 Pocahontas Saves John Smith And He Makes Her Life Hell
Her tribe and the English actually got along for a bit. However, she was ready to marry a fellow tribe member into her middle-teens until her tribe's relationship with the English came to an end and Pocahontas was taken captive by the English in 1613.
They change her name to Rebecca and was often used in propaganda. She ended up with John Rolfe, a tobacco farmer. She was taken to England where she would end up dying a year later. John Smith was clearly a horrible man and she should have let him die.
10 Quasimodo Rejects Esmerelda And Ends Things For Both Of Them
Disney took out some of this, but not enough to change the story massively. There are some violent things Disney could not use too, but they wanted to keep Hugo's idea of making Quasimodo a sympathetic figure. Esmeralda falls for him later in the movie, but in Hugo's original story, that was not the case. When she tells ol' Quas how she feels, he cannot accept it. He hangs her in the square, then lays by her corpse until he passes from starvation. 18 months later, they are found. When trying to move Quasimodo away from her, his bones turn to dust and he fades into the wind.
9 Ariel Turns To Foam
In the end, though she is going to die as a human, she still has to die the way mermaids do: turn to sea foam and simply never exist again. Her death can be halted however. She must remove the Prince from this world and use his blood on her feet. She'll turn back into a mermaid and be fine to live on. She cannot bring herself to do it and she jumps into the ocean and turns to foam.
8 All Winnie The Pooh Characters Had Clear Mental Disorders
Pooh had an addiction issue to honey, and was overweight and continued to eat to excess. Clearly, Eeyore had a depression problem. Piglet had severe anxiety. Tiger had major ADHD, and Rabbit is severely OCD. These brain disorders are all centered around the characters to teach kids about them in sort of a fun but clear way, without coming out and actually saying it. The original writer of Winnie the Pooh was A.A. Mine, who wrote a lot of material that was not exactly for kids. It is not shocking that he would write something like this, made to send a message rather than just be playful.
7 Peter Pan Hates Grown-Ups So Much He'd End Lives To Avoid Them
He would end the lives of any Lost Boy who reached adult age. You know, rather than send them away or back to their world to live a normal life. See, Peter had a rule there....you could never grow up. But since Peter never went to a science class before coming to Neverland, he did not realize human anatomy and biology. Therefore, did not know his Lost Boys would always grow up, and getting rid of them made no sense.
6 How Aurora Wakes Up And The Fact That She's A Mistress
Aurora becomes pregnant with twins. She only awakens after she has given birth and one of the kids sucks on her finger, removing the splinter. The Prince comes back and apparently the Stockholm Syndrome side effects kick in for our now awakened beauty. They fall in love, but the Prince is married. The wife isn't happy about all of this. At the time when Basile wrote this, it was not uncommon for Princes or Kings to have more than one wife or mistress. Still, what a crazy story, right? Disney had to clear up a lot of things when doing this for their audience.
5 They Make An Example Of Al's Dad
The problem is that his father, Cassim, does not make it all the way through the original story. The story is actually quite dark and we highly recommend you look into it. However, Cassim's life is ended with parts of his body stacked around a treasure cave for people to see. It was supposed to be a warning for people to not enter or face the consequences of doing so, like Cassim. Later in the story, his body is brought to a tailor who stitches him up. The body is then delivered to Aladdin the family for them to assume he passed of natural causes. When it was much much worse.
4 Donald Duck Was Once A Nazi...Sort Of
It has been alleged for years that Walt Disney hated Jewish people and even supported what the Nazis did to the Jews across Europe during World War II. It seems Walt was all for it... allegedly. So when Disney made a cartoon where Donald Duck played a Nazi who saluted to Adolph Hitler a lot, it was a problem for many. While they tried to make it a dream sequence and have Donald hug an American Flag in the end to say "I love being in the good ole' US of A," it was odd. Why even make this cartoon? Well, clearly it wasn't because of Walt's stance on Jews, right?
3 A Grim Ending For The Original Fox And The Hound
Basically the story is a lot like what you see in the movie, with a few twists mostly at the end. The Fox, Tod, collapses from exhaustion during a hunt and passes away. Cooper has an alcoholic owner who decides he wants to move into a retirement home/community. Before he goes however, he shoots Cooper with his shotgun, which sends him to be with his friend Tod. What a horrible way to end a story, right? We're actually very happy Disney changed it. It's unlikely people could handle that as children!
2 Undertones That People Normally Wouldn't Accept
Bestiality is pretty blatant in this movie. We have to accept that going in. The same happens in the original story, but far worse. In that version, Belle finds out much later that Beast was only cursed and used to be human.
While we are in another world here, it seems that very few people are in favor of this act. Yet that is a massive part of this movie and the original story. Belle does not seem interested in any human male the entire time. Does anyone else find it odd that she turns down the advances of every human male yet automatically falls for the Beast?
1 Mickey Mouse Helped To Destroy The Public Domain
They did not want people having access to their beloved character. They did not want to let people use him in various odd and weird ways, as only THEY could do that. So Disney lobbied lawmakers to extend the public domain, which they did... by nearly 100 years. It's likely Disney will continue to do this. What this also means is that not only is Mickey off limits but any Disney item or creation is as well. What is so sad is that Walt Disney used the public domain for tons of stories he made into movies. On top of that, he used it to help create Mickey Mouse as well. Which makes Disney hypocritical. It's hard to look at Mickey the same now.