Although perhaps more suitable for kids, “and they all lived happily ever after” is a pretty cheesy and boring conclusion to a story. As it turns out, many classic fairy tales that have been made into kids films featured some not-so-happy conclusions and are very dark and twisted. The dark origins of many of these films are shocking and tackle some alarming subject matter, but after being “Disneyfied” they are now sweet, sugar-coated stories where good triumphs evil. Prepare to be alarmed, as today we are lifting the lid on classic fairy tale films that have sinister origins.
10. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
The story of The Princess and the Frog has been known for a long time, but it was only in 2009 that Disney created an animated film. In the Disney film, Tiana kisses a prince who has been turned into a frog and consequently becomes a frog herself. In the end, she becomes a princess and they are returned to human form after sharing a kiss. The Brothers Grimm story which it is based on, The Frog Prince, is not quite so sweet. This sees a spoiled princess encounter a frog, who tells her that he needs her help breaking a spell so that he can return to being a handsome prince. Instead of puckering up, the princess brutally throws the poor Frog Prince against the wall in disgust, which breaks the spell. In some versions, the frog’s skin is burned or his head is chopped off.