The Walt Disney Animation Studios produced its first animated feature-length film in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and has gone on to produce a total of fifty-seven other films to date. Many of these films got their inspiration from old folk stories or fairy tales. However, as the films were aimed at children, they needed to be family-friendly and a lot of the more controversial topics had to be toned down or in a lot of cases removed entirely.
The Brothers Grimm were responsible for collecting a lot of these stories in their fairy tale compendium released in 1812, and many of them were a lot gorier and acted as cautionary warnings used to frighten children into behaving.
Disney took the originality and timeless quality of them and dialled up the magic and filtered out most of the disturbing elements, leading to some iconic characters and films that have delighted generations of children.
However, these movies would not have existed were it not for their origin stories, so let’s look at some of the darker storylines that were removed from our favourite wholesome narratives.