We tend to think of Disney movies as cheerful tales of princesses, princes and talking animals. But a lot of the stories that inspired Disney movies are actually very dark, violent and unsettling, and some dark scenes ended up making it into the films. Here are six of Disney’s most disturbing fairy tales:
6. Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Remember the two sequels to Aladdin? In the third movie, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, which was released direct to video in 1996, Aladdin’s long-lost father Cassim stops behaving badly so that he can attend Aladdin’s wedding to Jasmine. But this story was inspired by Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, which was part of 1001 Nights. In the original version, Cassim finds out about some gold treasure from his brother Ali Baba and runs to the cave to snatch up as much as he can carry. But he’s so overcome with excitement that he forgets the magic words to get himself out of the cave. Thieves find him, kill him and even cut up his body into pieces that they place at the cave’s entrance to keep other robbers away. Perhaps dismemberment was a little too dark for Disney’s version?