The Dark Origins of Your Favorite Disney Films

Caitlin Schneider

It’s well established by now that some of today’s most beloved fairy tales are often pleasant spins on some pretty horrifying stories.

Screen Rant focuses on a few of Disney’s finest—including Tangled, The Little Mermaid, and Sleeping Beauty—to reveal just how far these family-friendly tales have come. Everyone from Hans Christian Andersen to the Brothers Grimm provided the dark raw materials that are today’s childhood staples. We’ll let the video do the work of robbing you of your innocence, but as a little preview: You know Pinocchio’s pal and conscience, Jiminy Cricket? In the original novel by Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio murders him.

Happy viewing!