The Disney Effect…

You know… I’m starting to understand the gripe everyone has with Disney’s… bastardization of children’s literature. Initially, whenever someone griped over the princesses or the cheesy love at first sight stories, I kind of just rolled my eyes. Come on, they were harmless children’s stories, right?

Well…

Yesterday, we put on Mickey and the Beanstalk for Gabe and… well let’s just say it’s a lot different from the version I grew up with.
In Jack and the Beanstalk, the one I remember, Jack was scammed out of his cow and his mother threw the beans out the window after smacking the crap out of him.
The beans grew where they landed and Jack climbed it to find the giant and his wife. The giant’s wife was hospitable, fed Jack and everything.
He repaid the kindness by stealing the harp (which cried out for it’s master) and then murdering the giant.
After of which, he took the giants treasures and forced the harp to play for him and his mother

Having become a fan of classical fantasy and folklore, and reading some of the stories that these movies are based off of… maybe these people have a point? Granted, I’ve never been a huge fan of the feminist argument against the classic princess, but then I look at what other plot points have been altered. In the original stories, there was always a sort of gruesomeness or dark reality to them that made us as children think… or at the very least get freaked out.

In Cinderella, her sisters cut away their heels. In Rapunzel, the Prince had his eyes slashed by thorns (I think). Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother had to be cut out of the stomach of the Wolf… the examples go on.

Kids for years have been handling these stories in their original forms. Why are we suddenly so scared of letting them hear these as they were meant to?


Readers,

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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

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3 thoughts on “The Disney Effect…

  1. fictionalkevin says:

    Listened to a podcast recently on this topic. The originals were much darker – and better. Thanks for posting this.

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  2. Pauline says:

    Well, what is your side then? Do you prefer that the children should be reading or watching the original fairytale stories as brutally written by Grimm’s or letting them enjoy the innocence?

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    • StCyril says:

      A fair question… though your options appear to be somewhat one-sided.
      Generations spanning hundreds of years read the originals with no ill-effect nor damage to said ‘innocence,’ myself included. Children I think, are not given nearly enough credit and are more intelligent and able to process things far more readily than people may think.

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