It's no secret that while many Disney movies are based on old folk tales or stories, Walt and his crew often fudge the details a little to make the plot a little more palatable for little eyes and ears.
However, with Halloween lurking the talented illustrators over at College Humor obviously decided we all needed a little gore in our lives. Willie Muse and Paul Westover have put together a set of images showing what Disney movies would look like if Disney had stuck a little more closely to the source material of some of our fave movies.
Check out five of the best images below, and if they tickle your fancy (or morbid curiosity gets the better of you) be sure to pop over to College Humor and check out the rest!
The Little Mermaid
In the original, and horrifying Hans Christian Andersen tale, the mermaid has her tongue removed by the Sea Witch, instead of the Disney-friendly voice removal. Not only that, but the mermaid is doomed to horrible pain every time she walks on human legs, and after all her troubles to become human, her beloved prince actually chooses to marry someone else! In the end the mermaid drowns herself in the ocean, and her body is transformed into sea foam.
Rather than Disney's "happily ever after" ending in Tangled, the original German fairytale ends with Mother Gothel (originally called Dame Gothel) cutting off Rapunzel's hair to trick the Prince into climbing the tower. After he realizes he's been tricked by Gothel, the Prince falls from the tower, and lands on a bed of thorns face down and is blinded! From there he is doomed to blindly wander the forest for years until he finally finds Rapunzel.
In the Middle Eastern folk tale that Aladdin is based on, it turns out that Jafar liked a bit of cross-dressing! In the tale the evil sorcerer disguises himself as an old woman known for her healing powers, as part of his plan to destroy Aladdin as payback for Aladdin killing his brother. However, after the Genie warns Aladdin of the sorcerer's plan, Aladdin quickly kills the impostor and everyone lives happily ever after.
Eek, that's right, in the original novel, poor Jiminy Cricket never managed to sing 'When You Wish Upon a Star.' Instead, after warning Pinocchio of the "perils of disobedience and hedonism," the little puppet boy responds by murdering the cricket with a mallet. Harsh.
In the original Chinese legend 'Ballad of Mulan,' Mulan never makes it back to her proud and happy family, instead when she returns her beloved father has died, and her mother has remarried. Faced with the prospect of becoming a concubine for the Kahn, Mulan commits suicide, avoiding her fate.
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Source: College Humor