For those of you who do not know, many children’s movies are based on old fairy tales. Disney has created several films based of the Grimm’s collections. Some stories include: The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. Though Disney has made them fun, full of songs, and ending with “happily ever after” the original stories are not so kid friendly. For example, The Little Mermaid ends with pain and death for the beloved princess. Specifically, the Prince marries another girl and Ariel must suffer then is turned into sea foam.
What I find more interesting is why these stories were initially changed? I understand that when making a cartoon it should probably be child appropriate. However, the stories were originally meant for kids. Like other tales, all had some moral. The darkness that Grimm adds brings the story an interesting twist. Today’s “artist” that is closest to that Grimm feel is Tim Burton. I don’t know why but I enjoy that Gothic element.
In the future I will cover some of the Grimm’s tales and challenge the dark side.