Disney Movies with Dark Origins
Ever wonder where your favorite Disney movies came from? Some of them have truly horrifying origins that'll shock you.
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In the story of Cinderella,
the prince covers the stairs in tar in a desperate attempt to keep Cinderella from leaving the ball. Stuck in the tar, she leaves behind her glass slipper.
As the prince tries to find the
foot that fits the glass slipper, Cinderella's stepsisters try to fool the prince into marrying them
To make the shoe fit, one stepsister cut off her own heel
The other cut off her big toe
In the original story of Beauty and the Beast, the Beast allows Belle to visit home, as long as she is only gone for one week.
Jealous of Belle's luxurious life, her wicked sisters persuade her to extend her stay, hoping that the Beast will be so furious he will eat her alive when she returns.
Feeling guilty for breaking her promise, Belle uses her enchanted mirror and is horrified to find the Beast near death.
There was no Gaston to slay the Beast in the original story.
The Beast was so distressed when Belle didn't return that he almost dies from complete heartbreak
Until Belle professes her love for him, breaking his curse and returning him to human form.
Pocahontas is one of few Disney movies based off a real historical figure
She was only 11 years old when she first met John Smith
Pocahontas was a sign of peace between her tribe and English settlers for many years, until she was taken prisoner by the English
During captivity, Pocahontas was converted to Christianity, baptized as Rebecca, and married to an Englishman
With her husband, she travelled to England where she was presented to the public as a symbol of
“the tamed Virginia savage”
After a few years, Pocahontas and her family began their journey back to Virginia, when Pocahontas became violently ill
She died at the age of 22.
English historical accounts are unsure of the cause of her sudden death, speculating that she succumbed to pneumonia or smallpox.
However, some theorize that she was poisoned by the English before she returned home.
let down your hair
In the original story of Rapunzel, when Dame Gothel learns of Rapunzel's relationship with the prince, she banishes her to the desert.
The prince, overcome with grief, throws himself from the tower and falls into a thorn bush, poking out his eyes.
Blinded, he wanders through the forest miserably for years, doing nothing but weeping and wailing.
Finally, the prince wanders into the desert where Rapunzel had been living miserably. Two of her tears fall onto his eyes, and they heal magically.
Together again, Rapunzel and her prince go back to his kingdom where they live happily ever after.
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