interesting info/fairy tales

on Aug 24, 2011 @ 01:03 am

I just wanted to continue a bit on the topic that jskim07 posted about Disney movies.. reading all the comments got my mind wandering, and it wandered a bit far off topic to post this on that thread I think :-P
Someone brought up Pocahontas, and thats what got me started thinking lol. Pocahontas was also one of my favourite disney movies... actually, as a kid I'd daydream about living a life based more off of her Native life rather than the disney princess ones that most of my friends pretended to :-P

Anyways that's not really relevant.. but has anyone ever looked into how
much Disney actually changed her true story? Depending on what you
read, some points vary as to what the truth is, but some are consistent
no matter what your sources are.

Its actually an even sadder story than the one that disney portrays..
Pocahontas was a nickname (I think it meant playful one, or playful
child), and she was about 12/13 when the English came over. She did help
them survive through the winter, and I think it was a couple years
later the english captured her and held her prisoner. She was supposedly
wed, or supposed to wed, a member of her tribe, but after the english
converted her to christianity she married Rolfe (cant remember his first
name) had one son, and died at the age of about 20 or 21.  Dont get me
wrong, I'll always love this movie, but it was really interesting to
learn about the origins of it.

Actually pretty much all of the Disney fairytales have been hardcore
altered. Google original fairy tales from the brothers Grimm, or check
out this link... None of this changes the fact that I always have and always will love Disney movies, but I find it so fascinating to learn the real stories behind them, and behind so many other childrens tales. :-)

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Yes on Aug 24, 2011 @ 10:58 am

When I was in K- grade 3 I was actually home school by mom (who is American) by an american curriculum and I did learn the real story of Pocahontas. I was disappointed too! haha But I guess Disney has no choice but to change some stories.

And you're right, fairy tales like Snow White, Cinderella and I think even Sleeping Beauty are actually pretty gruesome! At the end of Cinderella, she marries the prince but the step-sisters get their eyes plucked out by crows I think? And actually at the end of The Little Mermaid, the prince marries another girl (can't remember if it is actually the witch or not) and Ariel turns to sea foam because of her broken heart.

Beauty and the Beast is one that's a little different as well but the story is still sweet :)

mmHmm on Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:10 am

The original storylines are quite sad, so I was glad that Disney...disney-fied the movies, to make the more child appropriate.
To be honest though, I don't usually pay attention to the storyline, as much as I look at the artwork :). Pocohontas and Lion King were my favourites.

I've read all the original storylines, and even the international versions! For example, There are several versions of Cinderella, all from different cultures and stories. I do prefer the original stories as well :).

Even with all that child-proofing, I think there are movies that are quite dark. Hunchback of Notre Dame was superbly dark, and despite it's alterations to the actual story, I think Disney did a great job through the art in showing what kind of film it really is.
They also dropped little hints here and there that mostly only Adults can pick up. That's what makes me really love Disney!

Wow! on Aug 24, 2011 @ 01:38 pm

Wow I would have never known the true story. It is a sad one, but it is nice that Disney can adapt it in a way that is kid-friendly.

Thinking back.... I am sure we can all remeber Mulan. I think that it one of the most mature and gripping Disney movies that there is (I know that sounds a little melodramatic, but it is true!) I think if they did a re-make of Mulan with real people and made the story line a bit more mature then adults would watch that movie! The story-line and characters are great and the overall message is quite inspiring!

Ahh, the magic of Disney.....

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