A perfect example of such plot changes occur in the tale of Cinderella. This fairytale is "one of the oldest and most widespread fairy tales in western culture" originating in roughly 50 BCE (ARTICLE #3). The Disney movie is most likely based on the brothers Grimm version although many changes did occur. The evil stepsisters in the brothers’s story are described as “beautiful but black of heart” (ARTICLE #2). In the earlier versions of the tale, the prince, in an effort to prevent the princess from leaving, covered the palace steps in tar. Another key change, Cinderella’s father is still alive while most of these events are taking place. In an effort to make the tale more kid-friendly, Disney left out the part of the story where cinderella has her helper birds peck out the eyes of her stepsisters and slamming a trunk on her stepmom’s neck thus killing her. Also left out of the Disney version, the on sister cuts off her heal and the other cuts off some of her toes in order to fit in the glass slipper. There is also no fairy godmother and the ball lasts for three days while the dress does not magically disappear after midnight. Overall, Disney’s version of the Brothers Grimm tale has definitely been altered in an effort to make money off of the stories.
The Little Mermaid has very few similarities between the original by Hans Christian Andersen and the Disney movie. I...
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...ngry with his advice and murders him. Pinocchio ends up dying creating a much different ending than the Disney film. Hercules was originally a symbol of sexual prowess having affairs with multiple men and women and was born as a result of an affair. He slaughter his own children and burns himself alive. The immortal part of his body is “left after his human flesh burns away and [he] returns to olympus as an immortal,” (ARTICLE #2). Also, Peter Pan in J.M. Barrie’s novel, kills the lost boys when they get too old. Most Disney films draw inspiration from a much less child appropriate story.
Many of the stories Disney has popularized do not depict their truly horrific origins. Changes occurred over time which ultimately altered the purpose of these stories transforming a tale intended to scare children into behaving to a tale of love and friendship with a happy ending.
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