Top 10 Super-Dark Origins Behind Your Favorite Disney Movies

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At some point or another, at least some New York City residents have probably wished that the city was full of Disney characters instead of people who shove you on the subway or push flyers in your face.

Now your long-time has come true, thanks to Harry McNally.

I know for many of us, growing up was all about Disney, however, take a look at the Top 10 terrifying, gruesome, often bizarre early versions of ubiquitous fairy tales after the jump.

Maybe you’ll think twice before reading “Little Red Riding Hood” before you go to bed.

10. Aladdin and the King of Thieves


The original Aladdin’s source material is pretty tame, but the movie’s second sequel has darker origins.  

In Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, the character Cassim (Aladdin’s father) is killed and dismembered and his body parts stacked around a treasure cave as a warning to travelers. Later, Cassim’s body is stitched together by a tailor so his family will think he died of natural causes. 

9. Peter Pan


In J.M. Barrie’s novel, Peter kills the Lost Boys when they get too old: “The boys on the island vary, of course, in numbers, according as they get killed and so on; and when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out.” Dude, Peter. That’s rude. 

8. The Princess and the Frog

In the earliest version of The Frog Prince fairy tale, the frog’s curse is broken when the princess hurls him against a wall. In some versions, the frog’s head is chopped off or his skin is burned. Why any of these acts would break a curse over a simple kiss is anyone’s guess.

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