A Not-So-Happily-Ever-After

A Not-So-Happily-Ever-After

When you think about fairy tales most people picture sunshine, rainbows, and happy endings, well that hasn’t always been the case. Before Disney’s more child friendly movies there were the much more gruesome originals. Hans Christian Anderson, The Brothers Grimm and others did a fabulous job of making the readers cringe from the gory details. Not only did numerous people die, but also they died in quite interesting/unexpected ways. Here are some of the original versions that don’t quite end in happy ever after.

Pinocchio: The story by Carlo Collodi starts off with Pinocchio running away and Geppetto getting charged for puppet abuse. After that excitement, Pinocchio returns home to find Jiminy Cricket waiting for him. The cricket tells Pinocchio that if he keeps misbehaving he will turn into a donkey. Pinocchio didn’t take this comment too well, so he threw a hammer and killed Jiminy. Pinocchio wakes up the next morning to the scent of burning wood, which turns out to be his feet after falling asleep on the oven. On the bright side, Geppetto is let out of jail and fixes Pinocchio’s feet and in repayment the puppet runs away again. Over the course of the next few days Pinocchio meets a cat and a fox who are creating an extremely complicated plan that the puppet happens to fit right in to. The animals befriend Pinocchio with the puppet not realizing that he is being used as a pawn. After awhile they abandon Pinocchio in his sleep and in his attempt to find his new “friends” they jump him. Pinocchio barely escapes by biting the cats paw off and runs off to a white house where he meets a fairy, who introduces herself as a dead girl waiting for her body to be taken away, which might not be the best first impression. But soon after the fox and cat find the wooden boy and hang him in a tree. And nobody lived happily ever after.

Snow White: The Brothers Grimm’s version of snow white is much the same as the disney version except much more morbid. The fable begins with the evil queen ordering the hunter to kill Snow White, and bring her Snow Whites lungs and liver as proof. The hunter can’t bring himself to do such a thing though and kills a pig instead. The queen believes him and eats the pigs organs for dinner…. yum. Later she realizes that her target is still alive and attempts to kill her three times; once with a corset, a second time with a poison brush and finally the poison apple. Snow White dies from the apple and is placed in a glass coffin in the woods. But one day a prince comes along and decides it would be a good idea to take this dead girl home with him. On the way back to the castle the piece of apple that was lodged in her throat is removed and as a result she is brought back from the dead. Shortly after Snow White and the Prince pull a Romeo and Juliet and get married. The Evil Queen was even invited to the wedding but was forced to dance to her death in iron hot shoes. The end.

The Fox and the Hound: The original version of this story is just downright depressing to say the least. Daniel P Mannix opens the story with the hound out for revenge on the fox, who had accidentally killed one of his former hunting friends. The master and the hound find the lair of the fox and gas it, killing the pups and the vixen. A chase is then held between the fox and hound, ultimately the fox collapses of exhaustion and dies. The dog and his master go back home to celebrate their victory and the story ends with a BANG, literally, the master shoots the dog in the head.

There you have it, the dark side of Disney. As you can tell Disney has made some slight modifications to its films, thankfully. The originals may not be child friendly, but they defiantly have a higher entertainment value. You’re welcome for ruining your child hood and unlike the characters I hope you live happily ever after.