When we were children, the Disney movies based on fairy tales played an integral role in our lives. They gave us the happy endings that we wanted to see and helped us imagine what it would be like to live in a fairytale world. However, as we got older, we learned that these Disney movies were only loosely based on the original stories, and in many cases, they didn’t even come close to the original story.
5 Popular Fairy Tales Where The Movie is Never the Same
The Little Mermaid
The original version of The Little Mermaid is much more tragic than the Disney version. In fact, it starts off with the sea witch cutting out the tongue of the little mermaid so she cannot speak to her love. Instead of having a happy ending where she gets married and lives happily ever after, she dies at sea and turns into foam instead of receiving a soul from her prince.
The Disney version of Snow White is one of my favorite movies from childhood. However, when I read the original version, I was shocked at how different it was from the movie that I knew and loved. The queen does not even have an invitation to Snow White’s wedding; instead, she offers up her daughter for marriage and finds out about
Fairy tales are often told to children as a way to teach them a lesson about life. However, in today’s society, people have taken a deeper look into these stories. It seems that each new movie or book has its own unique twist on the tale. Here are five popular fairy tales where the story is never the same.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The first fairy tale on our list is probably one of the most well known. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tells the story of a beautiful princess who is forced into hiding when her step-mother wants to kill her. Living with seven dwarfs in their cottage, Snow White learns that they must never let anyone inside their home or else they will be killed. Of course, this doesn’t stop Snow White from opening the door to a disguised queen who tries to get her to eat a poisoned apple. Luckily for Snow White, she is saved by true love’s kiss from Prince Charming after he finds out she is still alive.
In many different versions of this story, you’ll find that there are some similarities but also some differences as well. The traditional Disney version tells us that Snow White has brown hair and blue eyes. In other versions, she has blonde hair and green eyes.
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While fairy tales have been around forever, the first movie adaptation of a classic fairy tale was produced in 1908. With nearly 110 years of history, there are a myriad of different versions of the classic fairy tales we all heard growing up. Some movies have become cult classics while others have faded into obscurity.
While many might look to Disney for their favorite adaptations, the company isn’t the only one that has taken on these timeless stories and given them a unique spin. The list below contains some classic fairy tales and their most popular movie adaptations. There are several more adaptations for each of these stories, but it’s practically impossible to list them all. However, these five are among some of the best and most popular versions ever created.
One of the most iconic princess tales is Cinderella, which has been adapted by almost every major production company into musicals and animated features alike. While everyone knows about Disney’s version, this beloved tale was actually first made into a movie in 1899 by James Stuart Blackton (who also created the first animation in America). Walt Disney didn’t release his version until 1950 and included several songs written by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston. The songs aren’t just catchy; they tell much more of the story than what is
In my last post we talked about how popular fairy tales change and are adapted when they are made into movies. Now I want to look at the changes of some specific fairy tales.
We will look at 5 fairy tales today and compare the original versions (as written by their author) to the versions that have been made into movies. While looking at the differences, we will also try to understand why these changes were made and what affect they have on the overall story.
1. Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood is one of the best known fairy tales in the world. It was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697 and has since been recorded many times by different authors, most famously by The Brothers Grimm in 1812.
The basic story stays the same no matter who tells it. There is always a little girl, a wolf, a grandmother and a woodcutter that saves the day in the end. But there are two major plot points that are often changed – sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally (such as when mistranslations occur).
a. The ending of the story
The original version of Little Red Riding Hood ends with a twist: when the woodcutter finally arrives at Granny’s house, he finds both Granny AND
The fairy tales we grew up with as children have been around for hundreds of years. Many were originally written in German by the Brothers Grimm. You may be surprised to learn that many of the Grimm’s fairy tales were far more gruesome than what we see today. These stories have been passed down through generations, and each generation has added their own unique spin on them. Here’s a look at five popular fairy tales and how they’ve evolved over the years:
The Three Little Pigs: This tale was meant to teach children about responsibility and hard work. In early versions, there is no Big Bad Wolf and only one pig had his house blown down. Eventually, all three pigs built houses of straw and sticks which were easily destroyed by the wolf. The final version we know today includes the story of a smart little pig who builds his house out of bricks to avoid being eaten.
Cinderella: In most versions, Cinderella is given a magical push from her Fairy Godmother when it comes to getting ready for the ball and finding transportation there. She also has mice as helpers, not birds like in Disney’s version. The original tale ends with Cinderella accidentally leaving behind her glass slipper as she flees from the palace, but in later
Fairy tales have been the basis for many blockbuster movies. Disney has made a fortune by turning fairy tales into animated musicals. Several other production companies have taken a darker turn and turned some of these classics into live action movies.
The Little Mermaid is no exception. Disney has adapted this classic tale twice, once in 1989 and again in 2008. The live action version was released in Japan in 2007 and released in America as Ariel’s Beginning.
Fairy Tale: The Little Mermaid/Ariel’s Beginning