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Disney changed the curse to create a happy ending. Seeing the Little Mermaid die of a broken heart

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We’ve come to expect our favorite Disney films to end “happily ever after,” but the fairy tales that inspired these classics certainly didn’t. The stories of true love’s first kiss or battles against wicked stepmothers were originally much darker — and the Disney princess tales are no exception. The real stories just wouldn’t fit properly in a cute, animated musical.

Thankfully, Disney updated the stories, turning them into lighthearted adventures that better suit their young (and young-at-heart) viewers. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the original tales. So, here are six Disney princesses with much darker fairy tales.


Cinderella being transformed for the prince's ball by her fairy godmother.

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The 1950 animated film about Cinderella and her magical night at the ball mostly stays true to the original tale. Many elements from Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon are carried over, including the glass slippers and the fairy godmother. However, Cinderella’s other equally popularized tale, Aschenputtel by the Brothers Grimm, is where things take a darker turn.

Cinderella still loses her slipper at the ball, but in this version, her wicked stepmother cuts off the toes and heels from her daughters’ feet to ensure they fit in the gold slipper. Luckily, the prince discovers Cinderella, and the evil stepsisters and stepmother are defeated. The stepsisters are even blinded by doves on Cinderella’s wedding day as payback. (Karma is totally Cinderella’s fairy godmother here, right?)

The Little Mermaid

Ariel in The Little Mermaid trading her voice to Ursula the Sea Witch for legs.

A twist that leaves us speechless.

In The Little Mermaid, Ariel trades her voice to Ursula the Sea Witch for the chance to walk on land with the love of her life. Together, she and Prince Eric eventually overcome the witch’s betrayal to save Ariel’s life. In the original tale by Hans Christian Anderson (Den lille havfrue), the Little Mermaid makes the same deal, but the trade involves a terrible catch. The Little Mermaid gives up both her tongue and voice for feet; however, each step feels as if she’s walking on knives!

To make matters worse, if she doesn’t find love with the prince, she’ll die and turn into sea foam. This, unfortunately, happens in the fairy tale when the prince mistakenly marries a princess he believes saved his life (his true rescuer, in reality, is the mermaid). Luckily, Disney changed the curse to create a happy ending. Seeing the Little Mermaid die of a broken heart would’ve been too devastating to watch. All she wanted was to be a part of his world!

Sleeping Beauty

Aurora/Briar Rose meets Prince Phillip in the woods and sings "Once Upon A Dream" in Sleeping Beauty.

Aurora is the queen of napping.

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