The Darker Side to Fairytales

Debunking the Disney versions of some of the well known fairy tales – please be advised, if you are squeamish, do not read. 🙂

Peter Pan

Now, we are all familiar with the more recent adaptations of the well-known Fairy tales and I can almost guarantee that we have all seen at least one Disney version of them, but what is it that makes these tales so alluring? Where did they originate from and what were they before Disney put their … Continue reading Peter Pan

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid was written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1836 and before Disney put their spin on this tale, I can assure you that there was no singing, talking lobsters, goofy princes or happily ever after. The original tale depicts gore, body mutilation, self-sacrifice and betrayal. In short, Ariel visits the seas surface where … Continue reading The Little Mermaid


Pinocchio is nothing like the character we all grew to know and love in Disney’s version in 1940, instead he is described as disobedient, rude, violent and a bit of a know it all. Pinocchio, originally titled “The Adventures of Pinocchio” was written in 1881 by Carlo Collodi. The Italian novel was originally intended to … Continue reading Pinocchio


Disney’s Mulan is in actual fact based on the folklore of a legendary woman warrior, who just as the tale depicts, took her father’s place in battle. Although her name still remains a mystery, she fought for twelve years before retiring and earned high status within the army whilst managing to conceal her real identity … Continue reading Mulan

Blue Beard

Bluebeard was written by Charles Perrault and published in 1697. Perrault tells the tale of a wealthy but violent aristocrat who is feared and shunned because of his bluebeard. We learn that he has been married several times but the disappearances of his former wives remain a mystery to us and everyone within the story. … Continue reading Blue Beard